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7th January 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

France and the New Charismatic Jihad

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday—with 12 people killed by masked men yelling Islamist slogans—has been a long time coming. more...

7th January 2015 – The Washington Times

Napoleon in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

A few pages into “Napoleon: A Life,” historian Andrew Roberts notes that the great general regarded himself as “of the race that founds empires.” more...

28th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Several jihadist groups operating in Iraq and Syria continue to showcase facilities used to train their fighters. Since Dec. 1, seven new camps have been identified by The Long War Journal. Of the seven, six are in Syria and one is in Iraq. This brings the total number of training camps identified in Iraq and Syria to 64. more...

27th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Provinces’ Claim Attacks in Egypt, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's "provinces" in Egypt and Libya claimed recent attacks in both countries via jihadist supporters earlier today. The group's claims of responsibility were first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

27th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Captured Shabaab Official Previously Identified as Group’s ‘Chief of Intelligence’

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior Shabaab official, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, has been reportedly captured by Somali officials. Hersi "surrendered to the Somali police," the Associated Press reports, citing an anonymous Somali intelligence official. According to CNN, which cites two Somali military officials, the authorities "captured Hersi and his driver without confrontation." more...

30th November 2014 – Letter to the Editor - The Boston Globe

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Extremism Will Continue to Block Peace in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

THE EDITORIAL “Peace in Syria requires Saudi Arabia and Iran thaw” mistakenly bought into questionable Iraqi and Iranian news reports, rebutted by Newsweek, that claim Saudi King Abdullah granted a pardon to Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The sheik, who led Arab Spring protests by the kingdom’s Shiite minority, has been sentenced to death on vague charges for his peaceful criticism of authoritarian Saudi policies. more...

25th November 2014 – War on The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Stalled Offensive in Anbar Province

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In September, the Islamic in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a devastatingly effective offensive in Iraq’s Anbar province that for a time masked the losses the group was experiencing elsewhere (see two previous WOTR reports on ISIL’s Anbar campaign). more...

27th October 2014 – War on the Rocks

What Does the Recent Spate of Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks Mean?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

North American interest in lone-wolf terrorism is at an all-time high following several high-profile incidents. more...

15th October 2014 – The Washington Times

The Death of R2P

Clifford D. May

Remember R2P? Not to be confused with R2-D2 (a robotic character in the Star Wars movies), “Responsibility to Protect” was an international “norm” proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan following the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the mass murders in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica a year later. more...

10th October 2014 – FDD Research

Türkiye’yi NATO’dan çıkartma vakti mi?

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

A Turkish translation of Jonathan Schanzer's article in Politico, Time to Kick NATO Out of Turkey? more...

10th October 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

AQAP Capitalizes on the Chaos in Yemen

Two coordinated suicide attacks believed to be carried out by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Thursday left at least 63 people dead in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as well as in the eastern Hadramout province. more...

9th October 2014 – War On The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent gains in Iraq’s Anbar province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have, justifiably, garnered a great deal of media attention. more...

3rd October 2014 – The Weekly Standard


Reuel Marc Gerecht

The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun centered his understanding of history on asabiyya, which is perhaps best translated as esprit de corps mixed with the will to power. more...

1st October 2014 – The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains. more...

25th September 2014 – Al Arabiya

Who Benefits from Yemen’s Houthi crisis?

It was reported Sunday that the Yemeni government and Houthi Shiite rebels signed an agreement calling for the formation of a new government in an attempt to end fierce clashes in the embattled capital Sanaa. more...

24th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life. more...

24th September 2014 – Fox News Online

ISIS as a Common Enemy not Enough to Make US, Iran Allies, say Critics

Benjamin Weinthal

The U.S. effort to stem Islamic State’s reign of terror in Syria and Iraq has America and one of its most bitter enemies - Iran - in the same camp, which some experts warn could be a recipe for disaster. more...

17th September 2014 – The Washington Times

Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

“God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands? more...

12th September 2014 – National Review Online

No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

10th September 2014 – The National Interest

The Problem With Al Jazeera

Grant Rumley, David Andrew Weinberg

Khaled Mashal. Mohammed Deif. Ramadan Shallah. These three men are all leaders in Palestinian groups listed as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the United States government. And all three of them were granted special airtime during the recent Gaza conflict by Qatar’s Mideast media powerhouse Al Jazeera. more...


22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

30th January 2013 - 3:59 PM

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Joins Conversation on Mali

Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center present a conversation with Peter Chilson, author of We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.