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Thank You, America

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Economic Empowerment Is Needed to Fight Terrorism

John Sullivan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
John Sullivan

Creating an environment where entrepreneurs and their businesses can succeed is a key tool in fighting poverty, providing economic opportunity and defeating terrorism, and one that must not be ignored.

School Shootings and Lone Wolf Attacks: What's the Difference?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The Fryberg and Zehaf-Bibeau cases may differ in detail and motivation, yet they both reflect societal problems whether they are concepts of misguided masculinity in which young men feel inhibited in expressing emotion or increased isolation and alienation as a result of prejudice against mental instability.

One Group's Struggle To Record The Deaths From U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. This week, we talked to Jack Serle about the Uni...

The Role of American Muslims in International Peace

Dr. Saud Anwar | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Saud Anwar

As Americans, we are concerned with protecting our people and resources, as well as providing humanitarian assistance whenever possible. It is not always that the 'mightiest of sword' that wins the wars; it is the 'truest of heart.'

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

While the threat of ISIL is real, Muslims in America should not collectively pay the price every time an individual or group engages in political violence in the name of Islam. Overtly targeting Muslims only corroborates what many Americans have suspected for decades -- systemic bias against minorities infects law enforcement.

Life Sentence for Bin Laden's Son-in-Law Is Hardly 'Soft' on Terrorism

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Critics have expressed legitimate concerns about U.S. conspiracy law, saying it's too easy to convict some people accused of low-level terrorist assistance and sentence them to hard time in highly restrictive prisons. But the claim that the U.S. prison system gives terrorists rights that ought to be reserved for U.S. citizens is simply impossible to support.

Australia Conducts Its Largest Counteterrorism Operation In History

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. Th...

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

What the 'Do Nothing Congress' Is Doing on ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It's one small piece of good news that some lawmakers, three Republicans and one Democrat, are trying to make sure that the people's representatives are expressing their Article I powers to the fullest extent possible.

When Addressing ISIL, Don't Forget Al Qaeda

Philip Seib | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

A case can be made that Al Qaeda is more potent now than it was when led by Osama bin Laden.

The Real Social Media Battleground

Philip Seib | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Philip Seib

Much has been made of the contests for credibility that take place on social media during conflict.

Exhibit A of the Guantanamo Failure Resumes This Week

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.10.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It remains to be seen how involved the U.S. will get in this latest war in Iraq, and the price tag that will come with it. But the uncertainties of costly new wars makes it even more important that we clean up the mess of the old one.

In Syria, a Venue for Collaborative Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

As advocates of public diplomacy seek to gain greater traction for their work, collaborative approaches merit more attention. The sadness that envelops Syria cannot be fully dissipated by these projects, but where hope is such a rare commodity this form of public diplomacy has great value.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Terrorism Sting Tactics Under New Scrutiny In Report, Documentaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The undercover terrorism stings that the FBI has conducted in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, are coming under new scrutiny this week, w...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Urges U.S. Allies To Adopt FBI Terror Sting Tactics

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday encouraged U.S. allies to follow the lead of the FBI with undercover stings that target extremis...

The Global Trust Gap Driving Radicalization and Recruitment

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Edit Schlaffer

A new acronym is haunting the media: ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Levant). And to be honest I would not have been able to decipher it myself some w...

Iraq Is Not a 'Terrorism' Problem

David Schanzer | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
David Schanzer

Basing our policies exclusively through the lens of counter terrorism, with the narrow, short term objective of reducing the possibility of terrorist incidents against us, is likely to worsen the situation and make us even less safe.

Extremists Are Evolving –- So Should We

Salmaa Elshanshory | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Salmaa Elshanshory

Counterterrorism is not working. Retaliatory military actions, condemnation by world leaders and by the general public on social media and censorship of terrorist organizations have all proven futile. It's time to try something new.

Why America Needs Good Spies Like the CIA's Robert Ames

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Empathy for foreigners is not some warm and cuddly virtue; it lies at the heart of a realistic and granular understanding of foreign nations, peoples and what drives them. The U.S., highly nationalistic at home, is singularly disinclined to understand or care about nationalistic impulses in other countries. This may be an operational hazard of great power, the belief that it is only what we do that really matters in the end. We have helped create the conditions for our dangerous isolation; that in turn has led to wishful thinking and eventually to existence in our own American fantasyland and self-referential press about how we can control things.

U.S. Imperialism and Nigerian Schoolgirls

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Instead of stirring up more terrorism by elevating the reputation of local-oriented groups, for example Boko Haram, the West--and the United States in particular--should butt out of providing such counterterrorism "assistance."