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war on terror



  • Is the US Ready to Stop Being the World's Policeman?

    Historians Daniel Immerwahr and Stephen Wertheim are among the experts quoted on the rise of the idea of American interventionism and its reconsideration after twenty years of the War on Terror. 



  • The Legacy of 9/11

    by Stephen Wertheim

    "9/11 might well have 'changed everything' as momentously as was assumed—just not in the direction intended."



  • The Ethics of Coalition-Building

    by Samuel Moyn

    Can progressives justify alliances with the America-First right to push Biden to stop America's "forever wars"? 



  • America’s Accountability Problem

    by Karen J. Greenberg

    The deceptions and abuses of the War on Terror went unpunished in the name of national unity, but impunity only encourages the divisive actions of political extremists. 



  • My Son Was Killed In Iraq 14 Years Ago — Who’s Responsible?

    by Andrew Bacevich

    "Even today, the electorate shows little inclination to rethink the core assumptions informing basic US national security policy. Supporting the troops means suppressing second thoughts, asking few questions, and shoveling more money to the Pentagon."



  • Can Guantánamo Ever Be Shut Down?

    by Karen J. Greenberg

    Even if the US's "forever wars" are wound down, it's unclear if the national security state will release its remaining "forever prisoners" at Guantamo Bay. 



  • Necessary but Not Sufficient

    by Daniel Bessner

    The 2001 AUMF in effect has become yet another tool to enable the United States to prosecute a series of endless wars in the Global South.



  • Biden Just Made a Historic Break With the Logic of Forever War

    by Stephen Wertheim

    A historian of American interventionism says that Joe Biden's apparent determination to withdraw from Afghanistan is a significant break from recent precedents, and possibly signals a shift away from perpetual war. 



  • 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.