The Bureaucracy of Terror

New Secret Documents Reveal al Qaeda's Real Challenges

Jennifer R. Williams
A combination of images shows various takes of Osama bin Laden from videos released by the Pentagon, May 7, 2011.
A combination of images shows various takes of Osama bin Laden from videos released by the Pentagon, May 7, 2011. (Reuters)
Climate change, intellectual property rights, and how to deal with spoiled teenagers. These are some of the more bizarre things that vexed al Qaeda in Osama bin Laden’s final months.

Houthi Who?

Asher Orkaby
The Houthis are one of the most effective military forces combating al Qaeda and ISIS in the Arabian Peninsula, which is exactly why the U.S. should seek them as a partner.

Scared of Putin's Shadow

Marlene Laruelle
In sanctioning Dugin, Washington got the wrong man.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: The Left Side of History

Robert Legvold

Exploring the lives of Bulgarian partisans who fought against the German-allied government during World War II, only to help bring Bulgaria under Soviet domination, Ghodsee asks big questions: What ideals drove them under the communist system? And how did they square the good they saw in that system with its excesses? 

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Christopher Tunnard, and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

Estonia is the gold standard when it comes to digital innovation. The question is: How does the rest of the world catch up?

Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson

Since September 2012, the waters and airspace surrounding the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea have become increasingly crowded. China is conducting more military and paramilitary operations, and Japan is scrambling fighter jets daily. The risk of an unintended low-level incident escalating to a crisis has reached new heights. Given this reality, the two sides urgently need effective bilateral crisis management mechanisms.

Fredrick C. Harris and Robert C. Lieberman

What accounts for the continuity of racial inequality in a postracist America? The fact that an earlier era’s racism was built into the structure of various economic, social, and political institutions, so that even their race-neutral operations today produce imbalanced outcomes.

Putin makes a speech in Moscow's Red Square, May 9, 2014.
Gregory Feifer

Last December, an emotional defense of the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine began swirling around the Internet. Amid the volleys of opinion about Moscow’s actions, the provenance of this particular open letter stood out: its authors were descendants of some of the most powerful Russian aristocratic families that fled the country after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff  during a news conference in Brasilia, October 13, 2014.
Kathryn Hochstetler

Rousseff seems likely to remain in office—but one might reasonably wonder why anyone would want to want to be at the helm in Brazil for what will be a number of bumpy years.

Tom Keatinge

Roughly $1.3 billion in remittances flow to Somalia every year. But heavy-handed regulation threatens to cut off this vital flow of money.