Terrorism Articles

A Houthi Yemeni holding a flag of Hezbollah chants slogans during a rally to show support for their comrades in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).
World Citizen

Yemen’s Collapse Marks Iran’s Latest Victory Against Saudi Arabia

By Frida Ghitis
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The fall of Yemen’s government at the hands of Houthi rebels last week offered further proof that the historical rivalry that has marked relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran has entered a new and far more dangerous stage. Riyadh and Tehran are in a state of undeclared war across the Middle East. more


Strategic Horizons

The Paris Attacks and the Logic of Insurgency

By Steven Metz
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To understand last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris first requires understanding the core logic of insurgency. Because insurgents are weaker than the government, they need help from the other side, even if it is unintentional. Whoever planned the Paris attacks is counting on this. more

World Citizen

In Bitter Irony, Jihadi Women Serve as Useful Propaganda

By Frida Ghitis
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When French officials announced they were searching for a woman as an accomplice in the attacks on a Jewish grocery store in Paris, many shook their heads. How was it possible that a woman born and raised in the West could be committed to an extremist ideology that is hostile to women? more

After the Torture Report: What’s Next for the CIA?

By Frederick P. Hitz
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As the new year opens, and the dust has begun to settle from the release of a report last month by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s use of torture in the war on terror, it is time to ask what changes, if any, the report’s revelations will bring about for the agency in the coming years. more

The Realist Prism

With No-Show in Paris, Obama Remains in Reactive Mode

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris unity march is being described by some as a gaffe. The decision process on this issue suggests that the administration remains in reactive mode, sticking to established plans rather than adapting to new circumstances. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Deterrent Not Up to Today’s Complex Security Environment

By Steven Metz
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When the Soviet Union fielded nuclear weapons during the opening years of the Cold War, deterrence quickly became the centerpiece of U.S. military strategy. But the current confrontation with Russia underscores the limitations of the old notion of deterrence in today’s security environment. more

FATA: The Never-Ending War on Pakistan’s Periphery

By Asad Hashim
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The recent attack on a school in Peshawar, and the Pakistani government’s response, sum up life in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)—a frontier region on the edge of Pakistan that has been overtaken by militants, the military and the struggle to survive in the tiny space between them. more

Strategic Horizons

The Defeat of the Islamic State Would Not End the Violence In Iraq

By Steven Metz
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After months of military gains by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, there is some hope that the tide is turning. Now is the time to begin discussing what comes next when—or if—IS is defeated militarily. Unfortunately, Washington seems to be making dangerous assumptions about Baghdad’s ability to secure the peace. more