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Talking Terrorism

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

American counter-terrorism officials are increasingly, and rightly, concerned about Americans joining groups like Al Qaeda. According to a Congressional Research Service report, between Sept. 11, 2001, and May 2009, authorities made arrests in 21 jihadi-related terrorism plots involving people radicalized in the United States. Between May 2009 and November 2010 there were 22 such plots, resulting in two attacks, including the 2009 one at Ft. Hood, Texas. Considering the numbers, it is unsurprising and appropriate that Rep. Peter T.

Talking Terrorism

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

American counter-terrorism officials are increasingly, and rightly, concerned about Americans joining groups like Al Qaeda. According to a Congressional Research Service report, between Sept. 11, 2001, and May 2009, authorities made arrests in 21 jihadi-related terrorism plots involving people radicalized in the United States. Between May 2009 and November 2010 there were 22 such plots, resulting in two attacks, including the 2009 one at Ft. Hood, Texas. Considering the numbers, it is unsurprising and appropriate that Rep. Peter T.

Bahrain’s Long Revolution

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
February 16, 2011 |

The last time I was in Bahrain, where protests against the ruling royal family have intensified during the past few days, it was 2005, pre-Facebook.

Assessing the Jihadist Terrorist Threat to America and American Interests

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Katherine Tiedemann,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University
February 14, 2011 |

Executive summary

Al Qaeda and allied groups continue to pose a threat to the United States. Although it is less severe than the catastrophic proportions of a 9/11-like attack, the threat today is more complex and more diverse than at any time over the past nine years. Al Qaeda or its allies continue to have the capacity to kill dozens, or even hundreds, of Americans in a single attack. A key shift in the past couple of years is the increasingly prominent role in planning and operations that U.S.

Will February 12 Bring Revolution to Algeria?

  • By
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
February 11, 2011 |

While press coverage of the Middle East and North Africa has spent the past month focused on Tunisia and Egypt, Algerian opposition groups calling for mass protests on February 12 have stirred speculation that their country, now set to be the largest in Africa (given South Sudan's recent vote for secession), may be the next domino to fall.

Will We Ever Find Osama bin Laden? Don't Count on It.

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
January 31, 2011 |

We have almost 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. We've launched more than 200 drone attacks in Pakistan's remote tribal regions. We've spent billions of dollars on intelligence. And as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, we're still no closer to finding Osama bin Laden.

Breaking Up Is Good to Do

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
January 14, 2011 |

This year will almost certainly see the birth of a new country named Southern Sudan. It might also witness the creation of an independent Palestine, as Palestinian leaders push for unilateral recognition of their national sovereignty within their country's 1967 borders. And within a couple of years, a sovereign Kurdistan might emerge from a still-brittle Iraq. We could be entering a new period of mass state birth: Imagine an independent South Ossetia, Somaliland, and Darfur too. The trend is nothing new, but it's picking up steam again.

How Many Gitmo Alumni Take Up Arms?

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Katherine Tiedemann,
  • Andrew Lebovich,
  • New America Foundation
January 11, 2011 |

Almost a decade after the first detainees accused of terrorism were sent to the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and almost two years after U.S. President Barack Obama promised to close the prison within a year, more than 170 of Guantánamo's prisoners remain in custody.

The FP Survey: Terrorism

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
January 5, 2011 |

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, FP asked top terrorism experts to take stock of the threat posed by al Qaeda and its allies. And while the majority of respondents believe that al Qaeda is no stronger today than it was a decade ago, they also worry that we are only slightly safer from terrorist attack than we were the day the Twin Towers fell.

There Were More Drone Strikes — And Far Fewer Civilians Killed

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • Katherine Tiedemann,
  • New America Foundation
December 22, 2010 |

In the first 11-and-a-half months of 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama's administration authorized more than twice as many drone strikes, 113, in northwest Pakistan as it did in 2009 -- itself a year in which there were more drone strikes than during George W. Bush's entire time in office.

Given the evident importance of the program to U.S. policy toward Pakistan, it is necessary to ask what we know about the drone strikes, where they happen, and whom they are killing.

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