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Global Crises

The US killing of Zawahiri was more retribution than prevention

According to documents obtained from the raid that killed bin Laden, al-Qaida’s 9/11 era leaders have little impact on current operations.


Al-Zawahiri killing shows 'over-the-horizon' counterterrorism can work

Despite what critics said during the Afghanistan withdrawal, the US didn't need boots on the ground to take a top terrorist off the board.

Middle East

Former envoy: Al-Qaida linked leader an 'asset' to US Syria strategy

Ambassador James Jeffrey is just reminding us how complicated and counterproductive our policy is there — if there is one.

Global Crises

It’s time to rethink US terrorism designations

The State Department’s terrorist lists have become politicized and counterproductive.

Global Crises

We need more oversight on US counterterrorism policy in the wake of AQAP’s confirmed involvement in the Pensacola attack

The US needs to state its objectives clearly so that we're not bogged down in counterterrorism operations indefinitely.

Global Crises

For Effective Counterterrorism, Abandon the Language of Defeat

The rhetorical power of using 'defeat' as a shorthand comes with dangers that are likely best avoided by adopting the clarity of simply stating the desired objective.