Roots of a Quagmire
On the podcast: America’s first post-9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.
It’s Hard to Commemorate 9/11 If You Don’t Understand It.
Today’s university freshmen were born after the Twin Towers fell. In the Trump era, lack of historical perspective makes young people susceptible to alarmism and more likely to misread threats.
How to Partner With the Taliban
The Trump administration’s peace deal for Afghanistan needs a plan for the country’s most looming threat: international terrorists whom both sides oppose.
It’s Time for Saudi Arabia to Stop Exporting Extremism
Trump should not waste his opportunity to begin repairing Wahhabism’s trail of wreckage.
The 9/11 Generation Served. Now It Wants to Lead.
Three Democrats running for the White House fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and they came back with very different ideas.
White Supremacism Isn’t Insanity
If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand’s mosque shooter, the first step is to try to understand what they’re saying.
Teenage Terrorists Aren’t Lost Forever
Even ISIS recruits can be reintegrated into society, if the approach is right.
Has Trump Read His Own Counterterrorism Strategy?
The president’s views don’t seem to line up with those of his team.
The Fight Against Terror Needs Better Data
The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.
America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen
Washington has left a vacuum in the Middle East, letting U.S. allies do as they please—no matter how high the body count.
Time for Peace Talks With ISIS and Al Qaeda?
With options limited for fighting terrorists, negotiations may be the best remaining alternative.
Talking to the Taliban
On the podcast: American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.
Al Qaeda Won
Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.
India’s Aging Guerrillas Still Believe in the Struggle
As India’s police conjure up the specter of urban Maoist terror, the real insurgency remains deep in the jungle.
Drones Don’t Wear Uniforms. They Should.
Israel’s use of consumer drones against protesters heralds a dangerous, lawless age of conflict.
The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit
A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.
Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?
"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.
Before Trump’s Speech, More Bad News From the Afghan Front
As Trump prepares to rally support for the 16-year mission in his State of the Union address, the Pentagon is reluctant to divulge details about the war effort.