Al Qaeda

Journal Article | May 21, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(27)

The threat exists and continues to operate. But more importantly we must understand that it is waging unconventional warfare and only using terrorism as one of the means of its strategy.

While not democracy in the American image, the Arab Spring has the potential to bring Islamists into conflict with jihadists.

The pressures on Yemen are centrifugal rather than centripetal, by which the power of the center is weakened to the benefit of poles of regional power. These centrifugal forces could make it...

A critical analysis of statements by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri reveal a fragmented and weakened Al Qaeda disguising its internal incoherence and lack of appealing strategic and political...

Some US objectives remain unmet.

Journal Article | April 2, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(5)

The study demonstrates the naivety of a superpower that allows an alleged ally to receive billions of dollars with which Pakistan financed groups that kill American soldiers almost on a daily basis.

The provision of both financial and development programs in the northern territories of Mali is an effective way to deter vulnerable groups from adhering to AQ ideology.

Blog post | February 11, 2013 07:30 AM | Comments(2)

Algeria’s bloody siege of the Amenas facility was a necessary first shot in an oncoming regional problem, as groups both criminal and ideological groups seek sources of income...

Journal Article | January 24, 2013 02:00 AM | Comments(5)

Terrorism can and should be defined for the discrete purpose of developing international counterterrorism strategies by countries with common interests and shared objectives. 

Journal Article | January 23, 2013 02:29 AM | Comments(1)

True to its name, Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban goes beyond the common misperception of Al-Qaeda as a static organization serving the whims of Osama Bin Laden.

Blog post | January 11, 2013 11:23 AM | Comments(3)

The challenges facing a military campaign to retake northern Mali.

This fight is different from any that have come before between these two adversaries.

The evolution of al-Qaeda's media strategy.

From the outset, the U.S. treated Al Qaeda as a military objective instead of an organization to be understood, penetrated, and permanently dismantled. 

Journal Article | November 1, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(2)

In the final part of this series, Iraq expert Kirk Sowell shines a light on the country's murky foreign policy.

Spencer Ackerman provides a good first summation of an extended, coordinated attack that killed the US Ambassador to Libya at the Danger Room blog.

Journal Article | August 30, 2012 03:45 AM | Comments(11)

The killing of this (unprivileged, unlawful) combatant enjoyed ample legal authority under both international and domestic law, and is, as a matter of law and policy, uncontroversial.

Journal Article | August 28, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(1)

A look at the war and how the administrations have prosecuted it.

Now is the time for the United Nations to harden the edges of their action and provide a new resolution.

Journal Article | July 6, 2012 03:28 AM | Comments(1)

A look back at al Qaeda after 10 years of war.

An American who spent 16 months in Damascus argues against inserting ourselves in a confusing, conflictual morass.

Journal Article | June 7, 2012 03:42 AM | Comments(1)

The inside story of 9/11 and the war against al Qaida.

Haste makes waste - or how not to push Yemen over the cliff.

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center publishes 17 declassified Bin Laden documents with accompanying analysis.

Blog post | April 9, 2012 06:35 AM | Comments(5)

The Mohammed Merah incident and its significance for France.