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Religious Liberty, Free Speech Necessary Pre-Conditions for Great American Experiment

Sahar Aziz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Sahar Aziz

We have watched with dread and sadness events unfolding in Garland, not only because American values are being invoked in the name of bigotry, but also because our Muslim neighbors are paying the price for a situation not of their making.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

At Camp David, GCC States Set to Ignore President Obama's Concerns on Internal Challenges

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Neil Hicks

When asked about President Obama's comments on the need for GCC states to meet their internal challenges with political reforms, featured speaker United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba was dismissive. "We do not share your democratic values," he stated bluntly.

The Mass Torture of Obama's Drone Strikes

Ayobami Olugbemiga | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Ayobami Olugbemiga

Leon Trotsky once said: "you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." Unfortunately, that is true for the two innocent hostages -- one American, one Italian -- that were killed accidentally in a January 2015 CIA drone strike near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The accidental killing of Warren Weinstein is nothing short of a painful, but unfortunately unavoidable, consequence of the drone wars.

Laura Barron-Lopez

White House: Congress Has Priorities 'Backwards' On War Powers Request

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

The White House chided Congress on Monday for having its priorities “backwards," citing the legislative branch's desire to expand President Barack O...

Guantanamo Military Commissions Stall Again: Time to Move On

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It's time for the U.S. government to put an end to this fiasco. The legitimacy of such important terrorism cases as the September 11 attacks is not something to be disregarded, nor is the impact on the victims' families, who have yet to see justice done. All the military commission cases could be reliably tried in the seasoned and successful U.S. federal court system.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Must Evolve To Better Fight Terrorism, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI still has work to do when it comes to how it fights terrorism in the 21st century, according to a congressionally mandated repor...

Obama Says He Should Have Closed Guantanamo on Day 1 -- He Still Can

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Obama has slowly stepped up transferring detainees already cleared by a multi-agency process for release from Guantanamo to other countries, his administration has dragged its feet on reviewing the 51 detainees who aren't yet cleared, out of the remaining 122.

Three Steps to Reduce ISIS Recruitment in Western Countries

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

Since 2014, what prompted more than 3,400 men, women and teenagers from Western countries to leave their homes, families and lives to go fight alongside ISIS in Syria and Iraq?

Dana Liebelson

How The Obama Administration Is Asking Tech Companies To Help Combat ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In response to the Islamic State's savvy use of social media to spread its messages and publicize its deeds, the Obama administration sa...

To Win the War on Terror, We Must Win the War of Ideas

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We should not forget the successes we've had in the fight against terror. At the same time, surveying the current landscape suggests that the U.S. and its allies need to up their games considerably in dealing with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

Muslims Should Live, Not Die, In America

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's all too predictable that some Muslims, as tragically disturbed and misguided as alleged Chapel Hill killer Craig Stephen Hicks seemingly is, will take matters into their own hands. That's one thing I'm afraid of. But I'm also afraid of the opposite -- that Muslim communities around the US will be terrorized into cowering timidity.

UAE Embarks on Global Campaign to Market Its Brand of Autocracy

James Dorsey | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.

How Exactly Do We Get Rid of Boko Haram?

The Root | Charles D. Ellison | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

The closer we get to Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections, set to take place Feb. 14, the worse it gets as Boko Haram is emboldened. What start...

Obama Defends Counterterrorism Strategy And Drone Strikes In Yemen

AP | JULIE PACE and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al...

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction

James Dorsey | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The jihadist assaults in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as well as two French police officers have sparked allegations of a failure by French intelligence and security agencies. Jihadists beyond the Middle East are also portrayed as coordinated by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). A closer look suggests those assertions are at best speculation.

Counter-Terrorism Kickstarter

Michael Conniff | Posted 03.12.2015 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Silbi Kelly Stanton comes by her interest in counter-terrorism honestly. The daughter of both Irish Catholic and Protestant Irish descendants, Stanton also studied The Troubles in Ireland before turning to the Al-Qaeda conundrum.

Deaths in Paris: Refining the Post-9/11 Model

James Dorsey | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The attack on Charlie Hebdo has similarly sparked reinforced public support for freedoms -- first and foremost the freedom of expression, a pillar of the French republic.

Thank You, America

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

From the report on torture we can draw three lessons. The first is a terrible one, but the other two are encouraging. The first thing the report teaches us is that it is possible for the most prominent intelligence agency of the world's most powerful democracy to commit torture on a large scale

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Protecting the World's Biggest Marathon, How New York City Got It Right

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Thousands made it across the finish line, exhausted, though elated. And behind the scenes was an incredible demonstration of how a city like New York was able to deter acts of aggression and protect the runners, the spectators and the thousands of workers who helped pull off this major event without serious mishap.