Afghanistan

War By Other Means

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
October 25, 2011 |

This is getting all too predictable. President Obama announced that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year, in compliance not only with his election pledge but also with the terms of a U.S.-Iraq treaty.

The New Interventionism

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
October 19, 2011 |

The future face of American warfare is very likely on display now in Africa. Libya, the coast off Somalia, and now the borderlands of Uganda—it's a fair bet that these theaters of conflict, far more than Iraq or Afghanistan, foretell the shape of our military adventures. What this suggests is a return to the "advise and assist" missions of the Cold War, with international terrorists (or, on occasion, particularly hideous thugs) replacing international Communism as the predominant threat.

From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks passed, Americans are searching for a new narrative to understand their country’s role in the world. But far more than declared principles or personalities, America’s place in the world is shaped by what it does in other places. Especially overseas, societies judge us by our actions rather than our words.

Beating Al Qaeda in the Next 10 Years: Our Strategy Against Terror Must Evolve

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

Ten years to the day after American forces entered Afghanistan to hunt Al Qaeda, the United States faces a severely weakened but resilient foe. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The cleric who inspired many jihadists from his perch in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, is too.

Some want to declare the fight against Al Qaeda over and done. We won, they say. Move on.

Wrong. The ugly reality is that Al Qaeda will be a lingering menace for years to come. The organization has been largely broken - but the ideology will continue to motivate people to kill.

The No-Dick Rule

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
October 4, 2011 |

Dick Cheney should no longer be allowed to appear on network TV talk shows. The issue here is not one of ideology or censorship, but rather of compassion and pity. The former vice president has long been a disgrace to his political office; now he is also an embarrassment to himself.

Anwar al-Aulaqi Is Dead, But the Al-Qaeda Ideology Lives On

  • By
  • Philip Mudd,
  • New America Foundation
September 30, 2011 |

The news that confronts Americans about the decade-long counterterrorism campaign defining the post-9/11 era is increasingly episodic, and for good reason.

Payback Feels Right, But Leads to More Terrorism

  • By
  • Robert Wright,
  • New America Foundation
September 8, 2011 |

Just shy of 10 years ago, on Sept. 12, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.S. and its allies would "go after terrorism wherever we find it in the world" and "get it by its branch and root" so that it could "be brought to an end." Things haven't worked out that way.

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It’s Time to Rethink Counterterrorism Spending

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
September 7, 2011 |

Judged solely on outcomes, the decade-long war on terrorism has been a rousing success. Al Qaeda has been chased out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Its leader and most of his lieutenants are either captured or dead. The organization is on the brink of “strategic defeat,” according to both the U.S. Defense Secretary and the director of the CIA. Across the Middle East, support for jihadist violence has plummeted. Since Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda has not mounted one successful strike on American territory—and has failed even to pull off an attack against U.S.

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Abbottabad: Pastoral Deathplace of a Terrorist Mastermind

  • By
  • Eliza Griswold,
  • New America Foundation
August 27, 2011 |

The Pakistani city where Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALS on May 2, 2011, made for a discordant place for the principal villain of 9/11 to die. No longer cave-bound in the sawtooth mountains of Waziristan, he had bunkered down amid modern conveniences: a gas-station mini-mart selling Diet Coke, a travel agency booking flights to Rome, a Barclays bank doling rupees through its high-functioning cash machine. Along with four major hospitals, the Pakistan Military Academy, and several prestigious academic institutions, ­Abbott­abad (pronounced OPT-uh-bad by residents) is home to St.

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September 11th: Ten Years, with Steve Coll

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
September 6, 2011 |

For the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we asked New Yorker contributors to look back on how their work, and their lives, were changed. Here are Steve Coll’s answers.

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