Terrorism News

Wilson Center NOW Preview: Are the Paris Attacks a “Game-Changer?”

Nov 18, 2015
Are the Paris attacks a “game-changer?” The Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller provides analysis.

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

Nov 17, 2015
But during the Sunday meetings of the G-20 group of nations that took place in Turkey immediately after the Paris attacks, Putin went from a pariah to a fully engaged player.

Holy Terror: The Spread of Jihad’s Wrath

Nov 17, 2015
The evolution of Islamist extremism has left the West scrambling to respond to an ever-changing, highly adaptable, and often unpredictable opponent.

5 Takeaways From the Paris Attacks and the Long War Against Terrorism

Nov 16, 2015
"The fight against ISIS and global jihad is the long war. It may well be the greatest foreign policy challenge of this generation. Whether the spate of recent jihadi attacks, including those in Paris, prove to be a transformational moment or just another horrific twist in this long war remains to be seen," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Paris Attacks: New Pressure on the Obama Administration

Nov 16, 2015
Wilson Center Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey describes new pressure on the Obama Administration in the aftermath of the attack on Paris.

What's Heartening About Protests in Afghanistan Over Minority Beheadings

Nov 16, 2015
Something extraordinary happened in Afghanistan this week—and, for a change, it was heartening, not horrifying.

Worst-case scenarios that are more likely than you think

Nov 13, 2015
Counterterrorism is a science of worst-case scenarios. The risk of a game-changing plot is always small, but the kind of “black swan” events that could reshape the region look more and more real today. Better to overestimate the threat now than read about it in the papers tomorrow.

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

Takeaways From the Russian Jet Downed Over Egypt

Nov 09, 2015
"A rethinking of U.S. policy in Syria may yet come. Right now, the downing of this Russian jet feels less like a transformative event and more like another twist in the long war against jihadi terrorism–and a reminder that, 14 years after 9/11, terrorist threats to commercial aviation remain real and terrifying," writes Aaron David Miller.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nov 06, 2015
"The statements of both Sharif and Aziz raise legitimate questions about whether and why Pakistani policy in the seemingly intractable Afghan peace process has evolved behind those curtains that keep it in deep shadows," writes William Milam.