An Order That Will Increase Terrorism

by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s efforts, during his first week in office, to give substance to his campaign rhetoric have involved executive orders that have generated reactions ranging from bemusement over their vagueness to worried waiting for other shoes… Continue Reading  

Inside the Devastation of America’s Drone Wars

by Pratap Chatterjee In a trio of recent action-packed movies, good guys watch terrorists mingling with innocent women and children via real-time video feeds from halfway across the world. A clock ticks and we, the audience, are let in on… Continue Reading  

What Have the Saudis Done For Us Lately?

by Paul R. Pillar The president of the United States is going on a foreign trip, and that means it is time for another surge in temperature-taking regarding the state of relations between the United States and some of its… Continue Reading  

US Counterterror Strategy Has Crashed and Burned

by Larry Attree and Farea al Muslimi After 15 years of US efforts to combat terror and achieve stability in Yemen, a new study by Saferworld concludes that these efforts—as in the cases of Afghanistan and Somalia—have badly backfired. Today, Yemen… Continue Reading  

Smart Targeting of ISIS

by Paul R. Pillar Eric Schmitt reports in the New York Times that the U.S. military is refraining from attacking some sites it knows are ISIS facilities, including at the group’s principal headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, to avoid the significant… Continue Reading