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war on terror



  • Is America’s Longest Forever War Really Coming To An End?

    by Adam Weinstein and Stephen Wertheim

    The authors argue that Joe Biden has recognized that the US faces the choice of absolute withdrawal from Afghanistan or permanent entanglement. His resolve will be tested by inevitable bad news, but the time is now to move on from the policy of perpetual war. 



  • Biden Can Redeem His Mistake

    by George Packer

    Writer George Packer argues that withdrawing from Afghanistan repeats a mistake of the Vietnam era: abandoning groups who took the grave risk of allying with the United States. 


  • Making Religious Peace in Afghanistan

    by Wayne Te Brake

    American policymakers must recognize the distinctly religious components of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, and learn from European wars of religion: the key to ending war is brokering a political agreement that protects religious diversity. 



  • America’s Longest War Winds Down

    by Andrew Bacevich

    Public fatigue over the ongoing War on Terror must not allow political leaders to do what they seem to want most to do: avoid taking responsibility or learning lessons.



  • Would Biden or Trump End America's Forever Wars?

    Stephen Wertheim questions whether politicians will heed the overwhelming public desire to scale back military intervention and get the Pentagon's spending under control. 



  • The Coming of a Social-Distancing Version of War

    by Danny Sjursen

    With U.S. troops still fighting in Somalia, former West Point history instructor Danny Sjursen takes a deep dive into the future of American war in a Covid-19 world.



  • Celebrated to Death: Memorial Day Is Killing Us

    by Erik Edstrom

    It should be our civic responsibility to change the forces that guide this nation. We must redefine what patriotism and national security truly stand for. 


  • The Original War on Terror

    by Eric Laursen

    A review of Nunzio Pernicone and Fraser M. Ottanelli, Assassins against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe.