Three founders of modern terrorism studies reflect on what the world has learned about political violence—and what remains unknown.
Insurgents in Iraq are forging improbable alliances to fight what some analysts call a "netwar." The United States needs to adapt—and to relearn some old lessons
In Jerusalem cleaning up after a suicide bombing is business as usual
First you feel nervous about riding the bus. Then you wonder about going to a mall. Then you think twice about sitting for long at your favorite café. Then nowhere seems safe. Terrorist groups have a strategy—to shrink to nothing the areas in which people move freely—and suicide bombers, inexpensive and reliably lethal, are their latest weapons. Israel has learned to recognize and disrupt the steps on the path to suicide attacks. We must learn too.
The terrorist as CEO
Gathering "good intelligence" against terrorists is an inherently brutish enterprise, involving methods a civics class might not condone. Should we care?
Osama bin Laden's mindset; two extraordinary novels; the peaceful collapse of "The Evil Empire"
How the terrorists stopped terrorism
U.S. counterterrorism may be overly preoccupied with biological weapons—which have a rather poor track record