Terrorism

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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The Triumph of 9/10

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
September 5, 2011 |

September 11th was the only day I was ever invited to breakfast at Windows on the World, atop New York City’s World Trade Center. I had no intention of going, mind you. The invite had been extended offhandedly the prior evening by Neil Levin, executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, builder and owner of the Twin Towers and operator of the metropolitan area’s three major airports.

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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