A profile of Osama bin Laden, founder and leader of al-Qaeda.
The threat posed by the al-Qaeda-Taliban relationship is a crucial element in U.S. strategic planning in Afghanistan. Four experts explore the changing nature of these sometimes murky ties.
The Obama administration will argue its operation against Osama bin Laden in Pakistan observed both U.S. and international law, and it appears any challenges will be mute, writes CFR's John Bellinger.
The mixed reactions in the Mideast to Osama bin Laden's killing by U.S. forces highlights a region in flux and a terror movement symbolically, but not overwhelmingly, weakened, writes CFR's Robert Danin.
The U.S.-engineered killing of Osama bin Laden sends encouraging signals, but the threat of terrorism, enabled by Pakistan, persists, writes CFR's Richard N. Haass.
Osama bin Laden's killing helped spawn a crisis in Pakistan and left tough al-Qaeda-affiliated movements in the Mideast and Africa, says CFR's Linda Robinson.
While U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan won't be directly affected, bin Laden's death could result in an expedited draw-down schedule, leaving the country open to a Taliban takeover and leading to upheaval in Pakistan, says CFR's Stephen Biddle.
Osama bin Laden's death has given the United States greater credibility in the Middle East, which President Obama can use to broadly frame an approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace within the context of the Arab Spring uprisings, says Middle East expert Martin Indyk.
Mohamad Bazzi, former Middle East correspondent for Newsday, says evidence suggests Israel’s intelligence agents as the most likely source of the bomb that killed Hezbollah terrorist chief Imad Mugniyah, but other scenarios also are feasible.
Today, al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) is at a crossroads. Does it revert to what it was prior to 2011, a terrorist organization operating in the shadows? Or does it try to reclaim the territory it lost and once again position itself as a governing authority?
Nicholas Schmidle desscribe the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan by a team of Navy SEALs in this piece for The New Yorker.
Michael Hirsh discusses Obama's decision to carry out the CIA operation to seize Osama bin Laden and how that reflects on changes in his character.
Walter Ruessell Mead analyzes the impact of Osama bin-Laden's death on U.S., Pakistan relations. He argues that the U.S. should look carefully at alternatives to its alliance with Pakistan in response to what may be a necessary and inevitable transition in the region.
John Lee analyzes the impact of bin Laden's death on the relationship between the United States and China.
Mohammed Hanif writes that "Pakistan's reaction to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden muted by concerns over jobs and security."
In a message aired on Al-Jazeera TV, al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden says "Obama is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, increasing the enmity of the Muslims."
Steve Coll of the New America Foundation says political changes in Pakistan and the weakening in al Qaeda may make Osama bin Laden's capture more likely.
This Special Report from BBC News provides the newest updated information on the status of al-Qaeda suspects.
A Washington Post feature that details how the organization of the 33-year-old Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr functions as an alternative government in Baghdad’s Sadr City, offering jobs and relief where the official government of Iraq does not function.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
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