Afghanistan Update: Taliban Rising

Providing an update on the situation in Afghanistan, Wilson Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman describes a “really disturbing state of affairs.” Reacting to a recent attack on a TV station, Kugelman says of the violence that, “the sad thing is it’s almost like a daily occurrence.”  With the Taliban rising to new levels of power, what will it take to turn the corner in war-torn Afghanistan? That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Drivers of Insecurity and Instability in the Middle East and South Asia

The Middle East and South Asia are complex and volatile regions.

Book Launch: Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings

Al-Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings tells the story of “3/11”—the March 11, 2004 bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It runs from the development of an al-Qaeda conspiracy in Spain in the 1990s through the formation of the 3/11 bombing network beginning in March 2002, and on through the fallout of the attacks.

Terror Attack on Russian Metro

Kennan Institute Director Matt Rojansky comments on the suspected terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg, Russia metro.

Assessing ISIS Expansion in Southeast Asia: Major Threat or Misplaced Fear?

In an era of international terrorism and the rise of large, well-organized Islamic jihadist groups working hard to violently establish strict conservative Islamic states, the need for continually evolving threat assessments becomes paramount for the safety of lives and assets. One such threat assessment to evaluate is the vulnerability of the Southeast Asian region as a possible new theater for the expansion of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Pakistani Taliban: Down But Not Out?

In June 2014, the Pakistani military launched a major counterterrorism offensive in the North Waziristan tribal area. This operation has dealt a major blow to the Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which was arguably once the most active and lethal terrorist organization in Pakistan.

The Evolving Threat of Violent Extremism: Getting Ahead of the Curve

The West failed to predict the emergence of al Qaeda in new forms across the Middle East and North Africa. It was blindsided by ISIS's sweep across Syria and Iraq, a blow that changed the map of the Middle East, at least temporarily. Both movements skillfully continue to evolve—and surprise. They have produced dozens of franchises, expanding the threat globally. A new U.S. administration faces daunting tests in navigating violent extremism and the related policy problems. Please join the U.S.

The Jihadi Threat 1: The Future of Extremism

Jihadism has evolved dramatically and traumatically since the 9/11 attacks. Movements, leaders, targets, tactics, and arenas of operation have all proliferated in ways unimagined in 2001. The international community has mobilized unprecedented force against an array of jihadis, with mixed results. The United States alone has spent trillions of dollars—in military campaigns, intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and diplomacy—to counter jihadism.

Countering Female Violent Extremism in Kenya

Terrorists have increasingly focused recruitment efforts on women. Wilson Center Africa Program Scholar Frederick Ogenga is studying the phenomenon to better understand the role of women in violent extremism in Kenya and the role that media can play in framing, portraying, and maybe even preventing the activity. Can an African-centric media approach contribute to preventing women from becoming involved in facilitating and perpetrating terrorism?

The Beginning of the End of Russia’s Estrangement from the West

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