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Terrorism

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.

The Battle for Pakistan

  • By Munir Ahmad
September 27, 2011

The United States has continually argued that the Taliban insurgence in Afghanistan is helped by their support network across the border in Pakistan. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwest Pakistan have become a de facto operational theater of the Afghan war. The Taliban’s leadership in Pakistan is known as the Quetta Shura, named after the capital city of Balochistan in which it is believed to reside.

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:15pm

At this September 2011 event, National Security Studies Program Director Peter Bergen moderated a discussion with New York Times correspondents  Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker on their groundbreaking book, Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda. Video of the full event is available above, while photos and an MP3 audio recording are available at right.

My 18 Year Odyssey on the Trail of Osama bin Laden

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
August 24, 2011 |

I have covered the story of violent jihadism for the past 18 years, and, more than anything else, it has been a slow process of discovery. Looking back, it seems clear to me that, at any given moment in the story, there was always so much we didn’t know.

A World Without 9/11: No President Obama, More China Trouble, Same Debt Crisis

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Imagine that the twin towers still dominated the Manhattan skyline. Imagine that the Pentagon's western facade had remained intact. Imagine that there was no reason to build a memorial in Shanksville, Pa. And imagine that the numbers 9 and 11 meant nothing more than an emergency telephone call.

The world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, that much is clear. But how much, and how radically?

Study Reveals the Many Faces of Terrorism

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2011 |

The credible but as yet unconfirmed reports that three men directed by al Qaeda have plans for an attack on the United States to coincide with the 10th anniversary of September 11 reminds us of the persistence of the threat from Islamist terrorists.

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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