Radical Islamists Are Still a Threat Behind Bars
The rise of prison emirs and radicalization among incarcerated extremists means that governments must be as vigilant with prisoners as they are with fundamentalists on the street.
A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran
With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.
Suleimani Killing Sparks Fear of War and Economic Turmoil
Oil markets expect escalation in wake of U.S. strike on Iranian general.
The Year the Islamic State Lost Its Last Strongholds
Many of its militants are now in prison, but that doesn’t mean the battle is over. In 2020, conflict could rise anew.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both through violence and diplomacy.
U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region
Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground.
2020 Could be Niger’s Year of Reckoning
The country is home to one of the largest deployments of U.S. military personnel in Africa and is a linchpin of regional stability—but the coming year could throw all that into turmoil.
India’s Militant Pipeline
From being jailed for throwing stones to joining terrorist groups, the history of radicalization in Kashmir shows that the region won’t stay quiet for long.
Sudan’s New Government Can’t Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist
Washington’s refusal to remove Khartoum from the state sponsors of terrorism list will slow Sudan’s transition to democracy and could undermine it.
The Islamic State Will Outlive Baghdadi. Afghanistan Shows How.
The Islamic State-Khorasan offers a powerful case study of the militant group’s ability to create autonomous affiliates that flourish and endure.
It Isn’t Just the Rohingya. Myanmar Is Now Attacking Buddhists in Rakhine State, Too.
This latest battle could be the army’s undoing.
Baghdadi Is Dead But His Legend Lives On
The leader of the Islamic State was finally killed—but not before he became the most important terrorist in recent history.
Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent
The Islamic State’s next leader will have a hard time bringing disparate groups with competing agendas together.
In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten
Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.
Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.
What Terrorism Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts
National security professionals have a duty to use their influence to fight hyperbole.
White Supremacy Has Triggered a Terrorism Panic
The collective response to white nationalism has swung wildly from complacency to terrified myth-making.
Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?
The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.