An overview of the Fatah al-Islam terrorist group.
An overview of the Fatah al-Islam terrorist group.
In this Foreign Affairs-sponsored call, Al-Qaeda Strikes Back author Bruce Riedel argues that al-Qaeda is trying to lure the United States into a war with Iran and that Osama Bin Laden's group now has more bases, more partners, and more followers today than it did on the eve of 9/11.
This policy paper from Jake Lipton, a research assistant at the Washington Institute says that recent bomb attacks in North Africa highlight the danger of al-Qaeda's network as a vehicle of attack against U.S. interests across the region, and perhaps beyond. It argues that such attacks could also inspire local militants throughout Africa to stage their own operations in an effort to draw support from broader jihadist networks.
With suicide attacks up and the growing use of chlorine bombs, al-Qaeda in Iraq looks increasingly emboldened. But reports are surfacing of rifts among its factions.
Steven A. Cook, a CFR expert on Turkey, says “the great underreported story” of the Iraq war is the serious deterioration in U.S.-Turkish relations. “It has already blown up,” says Cook.
Oil piped through the swamps and creeks of the Niger Delta powers Nigeria’s economy, but ecological devastation and pervasive poverty are stirring political unrest.
Contrary to President Bush’s claim last year that al-Qaeda is “on the run,” new intelligence suggests the organization has regrouped, reestablishing a chain of command and opening new training camps.
Terror incidents related to the territorial dispute over Kashmir draw global attention, but an increasingly virulent Maoist insurgency appears to pose bigger security risks for India.
Analysis by Greg Grant published on Govexec.com of the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of the growing importance of the Taliban’s sanctuaries in Pakistan around the city of Quetta. He says the U.S.-led coalition faces an emboldened and more effective Taliban today than it did six years ago, and that U.S. and NATO emphasis on Taliban body counts is meaningless because the Taliban have demonstrated they can raise and disband a fighting force at will.
A profile of the terrorist organization based in the southern Philippines.
Presented by John Negroponte to the Senate Intelligence Committee, this January 2007 report offers an overview of groups and countries that are threats to domestic and international stability.
The "July War" showcased Hizballah's evolution into an adaptive, skillful, cohesive fighting force capable of registering some measure of success on the battlefield against a much larger and better equipped enemy, says this report from the Washington Institute.
New Yorker Staff Writer Lawrence Wright shares his insights into al-Qaeda, the ideas and individuals behind the terrorist organization, and the Western intelligence failures leading up to 9/11.
As the cease-fire between the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and the Sri Lankan government crumbles, the South Asian nation is on the verge of being engulfed in another round of its decades-old civil war.
There are concerns the war in Lebanon may have pushed two of the world's most prominent terrorist groups closer together. Though Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah have shared interests in opposing the United States and Israel, their sectarian differences have been aggravated by the conflict in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are supposedly rival groups on opposite sides of sectarian lines. Yet recent statements from senior al-Qaeda leadership suggest a common enemy may be drawing them together, and experts believe such a liaison could pose grave new dangers for the United States.
CFR Senior Fellow Steven Simon says the plot uncovered by British authorities to simultaneously down several aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean bears all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda and suggests the group is still a viable threat.
A profile of Abu Nidal, a terrorist organization opposed to the state of Israel.
Since 9/11, much of al-Qaeda's operational capacity has been dismantled but experts say the group's strength now lies in its ability to inspire others to carry out terrorist attacks.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More