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August 2, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
What Zawahiri’s Killing Means for al-Qaeda

Ayman al-Zawahiri leaves behind a robust network of strategically aligned but tactically independent al-Qaeda affiliates operating in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

January 5, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
A Year After January 6, Is Accelerationism the New Terrorist Threat?

Far-right extremists are attempting to incite an insurrection to hasten the downfall of what they see as a deeply corrupt U.S. government. Some could resort to deadly acts of terrorism.

Trump supporters near the U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021.

August 2, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Do Targeted Killings Weaken Terrorist Groups?

Targeted operations by U.S. forces have eliminated notorious leaders of armed extremist groups, al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri the latest among them. But how much they disrupt these terrorist organizat…

March 10, 2022

South Korea
How South Korea’s Foreign Policy Could Change Under the New President

President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged to strengthen ties with the United States and take a more hard-line approach toward China and North Korea than his predecessor.

May 24, 2022

Ukraine
Ukraine Should Wait on Cease-Fire Talks With Russia. Here’s Why.

Ukraine has rejected recent calls by the West for it to settle its war with Russia. Ukrainian leaders believe they have a chance to reclaim territory lost in the early fighting—and that they can do s…

A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a Russian ballistic missile booster that fell in a field in eastern Ukraine.

August 16, 2022

Afghanistan
The U.S. Holds Limited Influence in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

A year after the U.S. withdrawal, half of Afghanistan’s population faces a food emergency, and the Taliban regime acts with cruelty and indifference.

May 17, 2022

Colombia
Colombia’s 2022 Presidential Election: What to Know

Colombia’s election could deliver the country’s first left-wing president, an outcome with the potential to transform Bogota’s approaches to economic policy, peace negotiations, and foreign relations…

March 11, 2021

South Korea
Will the New U.S.-South Korea Deal Boost East Asian Security?

With fresh agreement on sharing costs for the nearly thirty thousand U.S. troops in South Korea, the Biden administration can now focus on bolstering the alliance and addressing challenges posed by C…

June 23, 2022

Japan
Fifty Years Later, Okinawa Is Still a Strategic Crossroads

Japan’s Okinawa islands still have an outsize importance to U.S. military operations in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in deterring a Chinese attack against Taiwan.

January 7, 2021

COVID-19
How Dangerous Are New COVID-19 Strains?

The global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is underway, but the emergence of new coronavirus strains threatens to make the pandemic far worse before it gets better.