Policy Papers

Jihadist Terrorism 16 Years after 9/11: A Threat Assessment

On the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, we assess the current scope of the jihadist terrorism threat.

After Mosul: Enlarging the Context of the Syria-Iraq Conflict(s)

Success in Syria and Iraq is contingent on taking a wider view of the United States’ long-term involvement in the region.

To Pay Ransom or Not to Pay Ransom?

American hostages are more likely to remain in captivity or die than other Western hostages.

War and Tweets

This paper examines the changing context for public reactions to terrorism, and the role of news media and social media.

Jihadist Terrorism 15 Years After 9/11

Peter Bergen assesses the scope of the jihadist terrorism threat in the United States and around the world in the 15 years since 9/11.

The Drone Playbook

An essay on the recently released Presidential Policy Guidance for the use of drones.

All Jihad is Local

An in-depth analysis of more than 3,500 leaked ISIS personnel files emphasizes a need for localized solutions to extremist ideology.

China's De-extremization of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Will the de-extremization campaign improve interethnic relations and make Xinjiang, China more prosperous?

ISIS in the West

The links between the Paris attackers and the Brussels terrorists raises the importance of understanding the Western “foreign fighters.”

Islamic State vs. al-Qaeda

The rise of the Islamic State and its competition with al-Qaeda has fundamentally reshaped the global jihadist movement.

ISIS in the West

Our in-depth report examines the 4,500 Westerners drawn to join ISIS and other militant groups in Syria.

Reflections From the First Annual Conference on the Future of War

February 24-25, 2015 New America and Arizona State University held the First Annual Future of War Conference.