International Security News

Why Now, Afghanistan?

Jul 30, 2015
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains. Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

What’s Behind Turkey’s U-Turn on the Islamic State?

Jul 29, 2015
After years of disagreement, the U.S. and Turkey are preparing to fight together in Syria. Henri Barkey explains Ankara's change of heart.

How Death of Taliban’s Mullah Omar Could Boost ISIS in Afghanistan

Jul 29, 2015
"Numerous Taliban militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, unhappy about their leader’s long absence, had already started affirming allegiance to Islamic State," writes Michael Kugelman.

Tehran’s Promise

Jul 27, 2015
"After decades of living in a pariah nation, Iranians seem to crave normalcy—but on their own terms. Figuring out their relationship with the outside world is a big part of the transition," writes Robin Wright.

The Iran Nuke Deal Could End Any Hope of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Jul 22, 2015
"An agreement this complex will require interaction between the United States and Iran at many levels. To what extent that interaction, cooperation, and problem-solving (rather than problem-creating) will extend from the nuclear issue to regional issues is another matter," writes Aaron David Miller.

How Not to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

Jul 21, 2015
"The administration has adopted a preemptory, and sometimes arrogant, tone in selling this accord...The more certain and authoritative the administration sounds, and the more it suggests in word and tone that it alone knows best, the more pushback it will draw," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Iranian View On The Nuclear Deal

Jul 21, 2015
"There is this sense among the clerics who are now in their late 50's, 60's, 70's, that they have to accommodate in some ways the noise on the streets and particularly the hardships that Iranians have had to endure as a result of both sanctions and the mismanagement of the last president," says Robin Wright in this interview on NPR's "On Point."

How Iran Got What It Wanted From the Nuclear Deal

Jul 18, 2015
"In the agreement announced this week, the Obama administration got what it needed. Iran, however, got what it wanted—and secured the better deal," writes Aaron David Miller.

America is losing the digital war against the Islamic State

Jul 17, 2015
"Online, we move too slowly and know too little to combat this generation of Web-native jihadists. We’ve failed to mobilize tech and messaging talent to counter the Islamic State on social media," writes Jane Harman.