AQAP: Down But Not Out

September 23, 2021

Will the US Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?

September 10, 2021

Looking back on it now, the 1990s were an age of innocence for America. The Cold War was over and our leaders promised us a “peace dividend.” There was no TSA — the Transportation Security Administration — to make us take off our shoes at airports (how many bombs have they found in those...

Did 9/11 Change Everything?

September 10, 2021

Twenty years ago, the United States sustained the first substantial attacks on the mainland since the War of 1812. It was a collective shock to all Americans who believed their country to be impregnable. The Cold War had produced the existential dread of a nuclear attack, but that always lurked in...

Is Operation Enduring Freedom Doomed to Endure Forever?

September 08, 2021

Those were heady days in the US stock market. I would wake up by 5 am and watch CNBC before the stock market opened for trading at 6:30 am Pacific time. It was no different on the morning of September 11, 2001. Little did I know that catastrophic things were about to happen that would change the...

Is Another 9/11 Inevitable?

December 08, 2020

FO Live asks if another mass casualty terrorist attack is inevitable. What drives terrorism in the 21st century? And is there a solution to this phenomenon?

Sri Lankans Are Waiting for Answers

April 22, 2019

Terrorism always has its reasons, but this well-coordinated campaign of bombings in Sri Lanka defies the understanding of all observers. At the time of publishing, 24 people have been arrested for the wave of murderous attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Not only do we not know who these...

The Least Liveable Cities in the World

January 13, 2017

What were the worst places to live in 2016? If you live in a big and hectic city like London or Tokyo, you have most likely found yourself cursing its crowds, distances and public transport, and the weather. With expanding populations, basic services become strained, causing chaos on the streets...

Identifying Global Terrorism Trends

December 19, 2016

What is behind the rise in terrorism across the globe? This November, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the Global Terrorism Index 2016, the latest of its yearly reports laying out year-on-year statistical trends in worldwide terrorism. The report draws from a comprehensive...

Afghanistan’s Quest for Regional Cooperation

December 08, 2016

Afghanistan’s regional policy is not constructed around local rivalries. On December 4, the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was held in Amritsar, India. The Heart of Asia process was launched in 2011 as a new and complementary framework for enhancing...

India Hopes for Pakistan’s Diplomatic Isolation

December 06, 2016

Pakistan's uneasy relationship with extremism puts it in danger of diplomatic isolation from the international community. After the US Congress’ decision to disallow the financing of F16C/D Block 52 multirole fighter planes to Pakistan through the US Foreign Military Financing Program over...

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