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Egypt in the Wake of Terror

Last week’s terror attack in northern Sinai surpassed in scale anything the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has encountered to date in its battle with Islamic jihadis. Beyond the sheer magnitude of the loss of life, what is the significance of the attack and the implications for Egypt’s security, politics, and governance? What does the attack tell us about the operational capacity of jihadi terror groups in Sinai and throughout the country? Why has the Egyptian government failed to such an extent in its counterterrorism campaign?

Will Pakistan's Support for Terrorists Destroy Its Relationship with America?

As troubled as U.S.-Pakistan relations are now, they could soon get a lot worse.

On December 3, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Islamabad. It’s expected to be a short sojourn; he likely won’t be there for more than a few hours.

Reports: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees

On October 24, The Soufan Center and The Global Strategy Network released the collaborative report "Beyond the Caliphate: Foreign Fighters and the Threat of Returnees" on the global threat posed by Islamic State foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria.

Satoshi Ikeuchi: Impact of the Islamic State and Global Jihadism

Satoshi Ikeuchi, a Wilson Center Japan Scholar in the Asia Program from October to December of 2009, is an associate professor at the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. His research at the Center focused on examining American Middle East policy in the initial months of the Obama administration.  Ikeuchi was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2010. Prior to his time at the Center, he was an associate professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies.

Iraq's Victory in Kirkuk a Harbinger of More Conflict

After the September 25 referendum in which over 92 percent of participants voted in favor of Kurdistan’s independence, Baghdad moved swiftly to reassert control over the contested areas its troops had abandoned in the face of the ISIS onslaught in July 2014—areas which the Kurds had subsequently occupied.

Book Discussion: Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism remains the seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In his newly revised edition, Global Fellow Bruce Hoffman tracks terrorism’s trajectory from ancient origins to today’s dynamics, discussing the repercussions of a post-caliphate ISIS, the potential resurgence of al-Qaeda, radicalization online, and terrorism in years ahead. The book also examines the rise of violent, anti-government militants, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in the United States.

Inside Terrorism

Bruce Hoffman’s classic book, Inside Terrorism, has remained the seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. This new edition maps terrorism’s historical trajectory from its ancient origins through the 19th and 20th Centuries to the rise of ISIS and stubborn resilience of al Qaeda.

The War on ISIS: U.S. Success without a Payoff

The United States has played a central role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but even as the organization rapidly loses control of its remaining territory, the United States has little to show for its efforts. On the contrary, the success is mostly benefiting the United States’ adversaries.

Sixteen Years and Counting in Afghanistan: What’s Next for America’s Longest War?

October marks 16 years since a U.S.-led troop mission entered Afghanistan to eliminate sanctuaries for al-Qaeda and to remove its Taliban hosts from power. Those initial goals were achieved fairly quickly, and yet more than a decade and a half later, American soldiers are still in Afghanistan fighting a seemingly unending war. This event addressed how we got to where we are today; what the best and worst policies would be moving forward; whether U.S.