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Australia Conducts Its Largest Counteterrorism Operation In History

AP | KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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."

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. A...

Another Terrorism Conviction, Another Reminder It's Time to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The claim that dozens of men at Guantanamo cannot be tried in the United States and are also too dangerous to release to another country is just not plausible. It's a claim we wouldn't accept from any other country, and we shouldn't get comfortable with it in the United States, either.

U.S. Law Limits Options for Nonviolent End to Nigerian Girls Nightmare

Kay Guinane | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Kay Guinane

U.S. law limits the potential for a negotiated release of the Nigerian schoolgirls, just as it would in other contexts for negotiating release of child soldiers, arranging access to civilians in need to humanitarian assistance or pursuing peace negotiations.

Nigerian Army Abuse Is Making It Difficult to #BringBackOurGirls

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The deployment of Special Operations Forces from the United States would be appropriate if the operation was conducted unilaterally and not in conjunction with a Nigerian military unit suspected of human rights abuses

New Details Of U.S. Secret Ops Revealed By Yemen Shooting

The New York Times | Posted 05.10.2014 | World

The kidnappers pulled up in a pickup truck outside the Taj barbershop in an upscale neighborhood here in the Yemeni capital. One held an AK-47 assault...

Social Media Are Undervalued in Counterterrorism

Philip Seib | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Philip Seib

Social media constitute the virtual battlefield in a struggle against terrorism that shows no signs of becoming less fierce. Once the foreign fighters now engaged in the Syrian war turn elsewhere, they will find numerous paths to follow, perhaps urged forward by their social media cheerleaders.

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

Eyes Off the Afghan Election

Adam Cohen | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Just because the odds are against a successful outcome in Afghanistan does not mean the United States should wash its hands of it now.

Terror on Trial: What 9/11 Families Learned in Court

Phil Hirschkorn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Crime
Phil Hirschkorn

During the trial of al Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith that ended last week, a special group spectators went largely unnoticed. "This man is evil from his head down to his toes," said Rosemary Cain, one of half a dozen 9/11 family members who attended part of the three-week trial.

Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

Atif Choudhury | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?

Trouble Looms as Kenya Struggles to Combat Terrorism

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2014 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

While the media's gaze may sharpen on Somalia, the port city of Mombasa is becoming increasingly known for acts of terrorism, counterterrorism human rights abuses, and -- most recently -- growing tensions between violent Muslim youth and the old-guard.