Commentary and Op-Eds

The Arab World’s Dimmed Revolutionary Fervour,” Pragati, Oct. 4, 2013

The Westgate Mall Attack and the Future of Terrorism,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Sept. 23, 2013.

Why Qatar is Quietly Supporting a U.S. Strike in Syria,” (with Jonathan Schanzer), Atlantic, Sept. 3, 2013.

The Costs of Counterterrorism,” Townhall Magazine, Sept. 2013.

Turkey’s Mixed Messages on Syria,” (with Jonathan Schanzer), Atlantic, Aug. 30, 2013.

How We Killed Privacy—in 4 Easy Steps,” (with Kelsey Atherton), Foreign Policy, Aug. 23, 2013.

How Syria’s Jihadists Win Friends and Influence People,” (with Phillip Smyth), Atlantic, Aug. 22, 2013.

Gitmo’s Czar Speaks Out,” Politico, Aug. 13, 2013.

The Cuban in the Desert,” Foreign Policy, Aug. 13, 2013.

Put a Sock In It!,” Politico, Aug, 6, 2013.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib Prison Break,” Project Syndicate, July 23, 2013.

Terrorism in North Africa After Benghazi,” ICCT Commentary, July 18, 2013.

Tunisia’s Jihadi Showdown Shows Paradox of Arab Spring Freedoms,” Globe & Mail (Canada), May 27, 2013.

In Boston Terrorism Case, Too Easy to Jump to Conclusions,” Globe & Mail (Canada), Apr. 22, 2013.

Why Boston Isn’t the New Normal,” New York Daily News, Apr. 17, 2013.

Springtime for Salafists,” Foreign Policy, Mar. 26, 2013.

Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s International Connections,” ICCT Commentary, Mar. 21, 2013.

The Impact of Systemic Factors,” Pragati, Mar. 8, 2013.

Uncharitable Organizations,” (with Aaron Zelin) Foreign Policy, February 26, 2013.

The Challenges of Gun Control: Denying Firearms to Terrorists,” (with Daniel Trombly) Extremis Project, February 11, 2013.

Homegrown Terror is Real, but You Won’t Find it Online,” The Globe and Mail, February 5, 2013.

Where Should Mali’s Militants be Detained?,” The Atlantic, January 25, 2013.

Is Algeria’s Kidnapper a ‘Common Criminal?’ Look again,” The Globe and Mail, January 22, 2013.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership,” Gunpowder & Lead, January 19, 2013.

Send Lone Wolves to Strike Inside of France,” Gunpowder & Lead, January 17, 2013.

The War’s in Mali, but the Danger is International,” The Globe and Mail, January 16, 2013.

Learning from the Soviets: How to Withdraw from Afghanistan,” The Atlantic, January 9, 2013.

The Political Prospects of an Open Fuel Standard in Obama’s Second Term,” The Truman Doctrine Blog, January 7, 2013.

Should we Invade Mali to Stop al-Qaeda? Look at Somalia First,” The Globe and Mail, January 4, 2013.

Osama bin Laden: Strategic Genius,” Ottawa Citizen, January 3, 2013.

The Shape of Al-Shabaab’s Post-Kismayo Attacks,” Abu Muqawama, December 20, 2012.

Will the U.S. Enjoy ‘A Brighter Energy Outlook’?,” The Truman Doctrine Blog, December 17, 2012.

Gitmo’s Troubling Afterlife: The Global Consequences of U.S. Detention Policy,” The Atlantic, December 4, 2012.

Why Tom Ricks’s Fox Appearance Was Less Impressive than You Think,” Gunpowder & Lead, November 27, 2012.

Petraeus and Schadenfreude,” Gunpowder & Lead, November 14, 2012.

Ayman al Zawahiri’s New Video Messages,” Gunpowder & Lead, October 31, 2012.

Shabaab’s Godane Releases Eid Message,” Gunpowder & Lead, October 29, 2012.

Should the Fort Hood Attack be Classified as an Act of Terrorism?,” Gunpowder & Lead, October 23, 2012.

Romney Takes Aim at Obama’s Narrow Foreign Policy Advantage,” The Globe and Mail, October 22, 2012.

“How the Arab Spring’s Prisoner Releases Have Helped the Jihadi Cause,” (with Aaron Zelin), The Atlantic, October 11, 2012.

Reports of Al Qaeda’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,” Foreign Policy, October 4, 2012.

Time for the GOP to Get Serious about Climate Change, the New National Security Issue,” The Atlantic, September 17, 2012.

Free Speech and Political Violence,” Gunpowder & Lead, September 14, 2012.

Terry Jones and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Gunpowder & Lead, September 12, 2012.

The LIFG and Al Qaeda: A Response to Zelin,” Gunpowder & Lead, September 9, 2012.

The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Al Qaeda, and Epistemology,” Gunpowder & Lead, September 6, 2012.

The Public Sphere is Failing Because We Are Failing,” Gunpowder & Lead, September 4, 2012.

Spanish al Qaeda?,” OE Watch, August 2012.

Reflections on Byman’s “Breaking the Bonds,” Gunpowder & Lead, August 12, 2012.

The Anti-Social Network: How al-Qaeda Survives,” (with Adam Elkus), Foreign Policy, August 9, 2012.

Nidal Hasan’s ‘Fairly Benign’ Correspondence with Anwar al Awlaki,” (with Lauren Morgan), Gunpowder & Lead, August 4, 2012.

It’s Far from Safe to Say that Al-Qaeda is Dead,” National Post, August 3, 2012.

Powering Guantánamo,” Gunpowder & Lead, August 2, 2012.

Terrorism, Economics, and the London Olympics,” Gunpowder & Lead, July 26, 2012.

Islamism in the Popular Imagination,” (with Lauren Morgan), Gunpowder & Lead, July 17, 2012.

Is Nigeria the Next Front in the War on Terror?,” Foreign Policy, July 3, 2012.

Current U.S. Policies Toward Nigeria’s Boko Haram,” (with Tara Vassefi), Gunpowder & Lead, June 11, 2012.

On American Military Intervention in Syria,” Gunpowder & Lead, May 31, 2012.

Did Adam Gadahn Play a Significant Role in bin Laden’s al Qaeda?,” Gunpowder & Lead, May 30, 2012.

Borum’s ‘Radicalization into Violent Extremism I,’” Gunpowder & Lead, May 18, 2012.

Why Al Qaeda Spins Failed Plots,” New York Daily News, May 8, 2012.

Are More Underwear Bomb Plots in Progress?,” National Review, May 8, 2012.

Assessing Interpretations of the New Bin Laden Documents,” Gunpowder & Lead, May 7, 2012.

The Bin Laden Files,” Foreign Policy, May 3, 2012.

Five Trends Likely to Shape the U.S.’s National Security This Decade,” Gunpowder & Lead, Jan. 11, 2012.

The Death of al Qaeda: Fawaz Gerges Edition,” Gunpowder & Lead, Jan. 4, 2012.

Have We Seen the End of Major Armed Conflicts?,” Gunpowder & Lead, Jan. 3, 2012.

Al Qaeda Round-Up, 2012,” Gunpowder & Lead, Dec. 30, 2011.

America’s 4-Prong Strategy for Somalia,” The Atlantic, Oct. 31, 2011.

Terrorism and the Coming Decade,” Global Brief, October 19, 2011.

White House Picketed by 5 Pashtoons,” Gunpowder & Lead, Oct. 18, 2011.

What Will Anwar al-Awlaki’s Death Really Mean for al-Qaeda?,” The Atlantic, Sep. 30, 2011.

Bin Laden’s Death: Conspiracy Theories Edition,” Gunpowder & Lead, Sep. 27, 2011.

A Report Card for Homeland Security,” The Atlantic, Sep. 14, 2011.

Osama’s Legacy is Still a Threat,” Hindustan Times, Sep. 10, 2011.

Al-Qaeda is Winning,” The Atlantic, Sep. 8, 2011.

Long, Hot Arab Summer,” Nation Review, Aug. 25, 2011.

Al Qaeda, the Internet, and the Arab Spring,” Long War Journal, July 30, 2011.

Al-Qaeda on the Brink?,” National Review, July 28, 2011.

Somalia’s Drought, America’s Dilemma,” (with Tara Vassefi), The Atlantic, July 15, 2011.

Ugandan Drones: This is How Rumors get Started,” Long War Journal, July 12, 2011.

The US’s Overhyped Provision of Drones to Uganda and Burundi,” Long War Journal, July 1, 2011.

On Reports that Bin Laden Wasn’t Really Running al Qaeda,” Long War Journal, June 30, 2011.

Osama’s Oil Obsession,” Foreign Policy, May 23, 2011.

Why Did it Take So Long to Find Bin Laden?,” The New York Times, May 3, 2011.

Bin Laden’s ‘War of a Thousand Cuts’ Will Live On,” The Atlantic, May 3, 2011.

Don’t Get Cocky, America,” Foreign Policy, May 2, 2011.

Why Jihadi Ideology Matters,” Jihadology, Jan. 21, 2011.

New Report: ‘Domestic Intelligence: New Powers, New Risks’,” Long War Journal, Jan. 18, 2011.

The Lost Years of Alternative Energy?,” The Atlantic, Jan. 12, 2011.

Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans,” Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2011.

Death by a Thousand Cuts,” Foreign Policy, Nov. 23, 2010.

Prominent European Islamic Terrorist Renounces Extremism,” The Atlantic, Oct. 19, 2010.

Should the U.S. Help Break Up Somalia?,” The Atlantic, Oct. 7, 2010.

Is ‘Constructive Disengagement’ the Solution in Somalia?,” Long War Journal, Sep. 11, 2010.

The African Union’s Beleaguered Somalia Mission,” (with Seungwon Chung), Long War Journal, July 20, 2010.

Counting al Qaeda,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard, July 19, 2010.

Al Shabaab’s Grim Milestone in Uganda,”, July 14, 2010.

The Homegrown Terror Threat,” inFocus, Summer 2010.

Pak Intelligence Pulls Taliban Strings,” Washington Times, June 17, 2010.

Large-Scale Arrests in Saudi Arabia Illustrate Threat to the Oil Supply,” Long War Journal, Mar. 24, 2010.

My War Within,” National Post (Canada), Nov. 27, 2009.

The Shooting of Luqman Abdullah,” (with Madeleine Gruen), National Post (Canada), Nov. 26, 2009.

Western Recruits in Somalia,” National Post (Canada), Nov. 25, 2009.

The Danger Signs of Terror,” National Post (Canada), Nov. 24, 2009.

Tarheel Jihadist,” Weekly Standard, Aug. 31, 2009.

Terrorism Trends,” Weekly Standard Online, Aug. 19, 2009.

The Global Economic Crisis and Iraq’s Future,” (with Joshua Goodman), inFocus, Summer 2009.

How Do They Radicalize Others?,” Washington Times, June 20, 2009.

American Interests in Pakistan,” Weekly Standard, Apr. 13, 2009.

The Attack on Syria’s al-Kibar Nuclear Facility,” (with Joshua Goodman), inFocus, Spring 2009.

Will Afghanistan Awake?,” Washington Times, Feb. 15, 2009.

How to Export an Awakening,” (with Joshua Goodman), Weekly Standard, Feb. 9, 2009.

What Does Ethiopia’s Withdrawal Mean for Somalia’s Future,” Middle East Times, Feb. 5, 2009.

Lessons from Iraq,” (with Joshua Goodman), Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 13, 2009.

Jihad Recruiting Effort May Explain Missing Somalis in Minneapolis Area,”, Dec. 4, 2008.

Urban Jihad Comes to Town,” Hindustan Times (India), Nov. 29, 2008.

Jihad for Oil,” Weekly Standard Online, Aug. 14, 2008.

A Dangerous Neighbor: How Pakistan’s Deterioration Harms Afghanistan,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard, Aug. 6, 2008.

Descent into Appeasement: Pakistan’s Dangerous Deals with Terrorists,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard, June 9, 2008.

Assessing Risks of Turkish Raids in N. Iraq,” (with Samantha Rollinger), Middle East Times, May 13, 2008.

Will Yousaf Raza Gilani Change Pakistan?,” Middle East Times, Apr. 15, 2008.

The Press Botches Basra,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard Online, Apr. 4, 2008.

Taliban Defeat in North-West Frontier?,” Middle East Times, Mar. 6, 2008.

Will Divisions Undermine the Somali Rebellion?,” Middle East Times, Feb. 28, 2008.

Al Qaeda’s Resurgence,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, Feb. 27, 2008.

Shattered Hopes: As Pakistan’s Parliamentary Elections Approach, the PPP’s Future is Uncertain,” (with Nick Grace), Weekly Standard Online, Jan. 30, 2008.

A Year@War,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), National Review Online, Dec. 27, 2007.

The Bombs of Dhamma: Pakistan’s Pop Music Scene,” (with Nick Grace), Weekly Standard, Dec. 10, 2007.

State of Denial: Musharraf’s Latest Move has Transformed Him into a Liability,” National Review Online, Nov. 6, 2007.

While Pakistan Burns,” Weekly Standard, Oct. 29, 2007.

Bin Laden Unplugged,” Weekly Standard Online, Sept. 8, 2007.

About-Face: Critics Warm to the Surge,” National Review Online, Sept. 7, 2007.

On the Move: Al Qaeda Could Beat the U.S. in Iraq if American Political Will Collapses,” National Review Online, Aug. 16, 2007.

Hot in Tehran: Iran’s Global-Warming Agenda,” National Review Online, July 27, 2007.

Musharraf Gets Tough…,Weekly Standard Online, July 23, 2007.

The First Openly Muslim Priest,” First Things, July 19, 2007.

The Next Generation of Jihad,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, June 28, 2007.

Echoes of the Future,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, June 7, 2007.

Know Thy Enemies,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, May 11, 2007.

No Better Friend?,” Weekly Standard Online, May 10, 2007.

Spinning the Fighting in South Waziristan,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard Online, Apr. 24, 2007.

Finding the Moderates,” Washington Times, Apr. 17, 2007.

The Al Capone Model of Anti-Terror Policing,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, Apr. 12, 2007.

How Not to Discuss Islam,” Weekly Standard Online, Mar. 22, 2007.

Changing Minds,” Washington Times, Feb. 22, 2007.

When Faith Goes Too Far,” Reader’s Digest, Feb. 2007.

Blackhawk Up,” The Weekly Standard, Jan. 29, 2007.

Will the U.S. Win in Somalia?,” Weekly Standard Online, Jan. 10, 2007.

Al Qaeda TV,” (with Nick Grace), Weekly Standard Online, Jan. 3, 2007.

The Night the Music Stopped,” Wake Forest Magazine, Dec. 2006.

Warrior of Love,” Weekly Standard Online, Nov. 15, 2006.

A New Terrorist Haven,” (with Bill Roggio), The Weekly Standard, Oct. 30, 2006.

Prison Jihad?,” Weekly Standard Online, Oct. 12, 2006.

Pakistan Surrenders,” (with Bill Roggio), Weekly Standard, Oct. 2, 2006.

The Anti-Federalist Society,” (with Nels Peterson), Weekly Standard Online, Oct. 2, 2006.

Movie Stars vs. Islamists,” Weekly Standard, Sept. 18, 2006.

Practice Makes Terror,” Weekly Standard Online, Sept. 18, 2006.

The New Taliban,” (with Kyle Dabruzzi), Weekly Standard Online, Aug. 28, 2006.

The Next Big One?,” Weekly Standard Online, Aug. 11, 2006.

The Death of Shamil Basayev,” American Spectator, July 14, 2006.

Passing on Zarqawi,” (with Adam J. White), Weekly Standard Online, June 21, 2006.

Making Victory Rhyme with Defeat,” (with Richard Miniter), Weekly Standard Online, June 20, 2006.

Zarqawi and His Role Model,” (with Richard Miniter), Weekly Standard Online, June 9, 2006.

Assad Under Siege,” (with Nir Boms), Washington Times, May 15, 2006.

NSA Nonsense,” National Review Online, May 12, 2006.

FDR’s Domestic Surveillance,” (with Adam J. White), American Spectator, May 9, 2006.

Elections Are Not Enough,” (with Nir Boms), Washington Times, May 1, 2006.

Not So Friendly Amici,” Weekly Standard, Apr. 24, 2006.

Illiberal Democracy on the Rise?,” (with Nir Boms), Weekly Standard Online, Apr. 20, 2006.

The New Roman Lions,” Weekly Standard Online, Mar. 29, 2006.

Free to Dissent,” Weekly Standard Online, Mar. 27, 2006.

The Problem of the Lone Wolf Terrorist,” Weekly Standard Online, Mar. 16, 2006.

A Solid Start,” (with Nir Boms), Wall Street Journal Europe, Feb. 17, 2006.

Al Qaeda’s Olive Branch,” Weekly Standard Online, Jan. 20, 2006.

Extremists Among Us?,” Dallas Morning News, Dec. 11, 2005.

The Freedoms We Fight For,” Weekly Standard Online, Nov. 29, 2005.

Terrorist Feint,” (with Jeffrey A. Panehal), Weekly Standard Online, Nov. 9, 2005.

Legislating Religious Correctness,” Weekly Standard Online, Oct. 27, 2005.

Spare No Resource,” Weekly Standard Online, Oct. 19, 2005.

Al Qaeda’s Oil Weapon,” Weekly Standard Online, Oct. 3, 2005.

Wahhabi Prison Fellowship,” Weekly Standard, Sept. 20, 2005.

The Peculiar Alliance,” Weekly Standard Online, Sept. 1, 2005.

Al Qaeda’s False Offer of Truce,” Weekly Standard Online, Aug. 10, 2005.

MAS’s Muslim Brotherhood Problem,” Weekly Standard Online, May 25, 2005.

Uday’s Oil-for-News Program,” (with Eric Stakelbeck), Weekly Standard, May 16, 2005.

Christians on PalTalk Chat Service Tracked by Radical Islamic Web Site,” New York Sun, Jan. 31, 2005.