ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Battle Over Jihadi Hearts and Minds

September 13, 2014

The competition between al-Qaeda and IS could pose a threat as well as an opportunity to the West. Over the past six months, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State group (IS) — and its sudden capture of large swathes of territory in Iraq...

Deepening Crises Breed Local Support for Ansar al-Sharia: Part 1

July 02, 2012

This article addresses the deteriorating economic conditions in urban and rural areas of Yemen, which have led to increased local support for Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militant group with apparent ties to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This is the first of two parts. Yemen’s...

Do US Drone Strikes on Al-Qaida Make Us Safer?

June 27, 2012

Harvard Scholar Sean Lynn-Jones takes an evidence based approach to arguing for the effectiveness of decapitation strikes against terrorist and insurgent groups. On June 4, a missile fired from a pilotless US drone reportedly killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, said to be al-Qaida’s...