Terrorism

Strategic Empathy

  • By Matt Waldman, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
April 9, 2014
As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, it leaves violence and uncertainty in its wake. The election of a new Afghan president gives some grounds for optimism and could improve the fraught relationship between Afghanistan and the U.S. But no Afghan election since the 2001 intervention has brought about a diminution in violence – and the conflict shows no signs of abating. The Taliban is powerful, tenacious and increasingly deadly. Civilian casualties are rising and the fighting forces some 10,000 Afghans from their homes every month.  The linchpin of the U.S.

Study: NSA BULK Surveillance Programs Do Little to Prevent Terrorism

January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of the uproar caused by the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, President Obama, the NSA director and members of Congress defended the NSA surveillance programs by claiming they helped thwart more than 50 potential terrorist events in more than 20 countries around the world.

Jihadists Focus on Prison Breaks

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Bailey Cahall,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2013 |

New View of Drone Death Toll

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
July 26, 2013 |

Al Qaeda in Yemen: On the Ropes

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Jennifer Rowland,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2013 |

From Benghazi to Boston: The State of the Jihad

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2013 |

Bin Laden's Life on the Run

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
July 9, 2013 |

Talking to the Taliban

  • By John Bew, Ryan Evans, Martyn Frampton, Peter Neumann, Marisa Porges
June 27, 2013

The aim of this report is to examine the evolution of the idea of ‘talking to the Taliban’, analyse its underlying drivers and assumptions, and capture key lessons that may be of use in future conflicts when talks with insurgents will again be on
the agenda.

How Many Guantanamo Detainees "Return to the Battlefield"?

May 7, 2013

As of May 7, 2013, 603 Guantanamo prisoners have been released or transferred abroad. Of those 603 we have identified 53 who are either confirmed to be or suspected of engaging in militant activities against either the U.S. or non-U.S. targets. We have placed them in the following categories:

Category 1: GTMO detainees confirmed to be engaging in militant activities against U.S. targets.

TOTAL: 17, 2.8%

Category 2: GTMO detainees suspected of engaging in militant activities against U.S. targets

Drone Wars

April 24, 2013

The CIA drone program began quietly under President George W. Bush with one strike in Yemen in 2002, and then a smattering of strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and 2007 before a more sustained campaign in 2008. During his two terms in office, Bush authorized a total of 48 strikes in Pakistan.

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