This website is no longer actively maintained
Some material and features may be unavailable

Joshua Foust


Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is


A new approach to post-conflict aid

In the wake of the Mideast uprisings, Joshua Foust argues that the U.S. must change its approach to the region by encouraging economic growth instead of enforcing tyranny.


And now, a war against Libya?

The U.N. Security Council effectively declared war on Gadhafi, but without a plan for carrying it out. Joshua Foust asks: Is this a war the U.S. can — or should — fight?


The numbers game in Afghanistan

Proponents of the surge point to encouraging stats, but Joshua Foust asks, what do these numbers really mean?


Burying the lede

Joshua Foust: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings had a story about how the military influences public opinion, but he buried it.


Marjah one year on

Few reporters have visited Marjah, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, since a major offensive began there a year ago. And when they do, writes Joshua Foust, they’re not reporting on Marjah so much as peripheral issues like cross-dressing interpreters.


Yemen’s president says he won’t seek reelection, but he said that in 2005, too

Still, Yemen has a fairly robust political system, a fact that gets obscured by problems like the presence of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, writes Joshua Foust.


Five things you need to know about the Afghanistan War review

The Obama administration’s review is clear about the preferred outcomes; what’s missing is any sense of how to achieve them, writes Joshua Foust.


WikiLeaks hurts the cause of transparency

Joshua Foust says that in the wake of Wikileaks, agencies are clamping down on access to information, making it harder to connect the dots.


Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight… over Afghan strategy

Reevaluating the situation in Afghanistan in light of intense wrangling over strategy and a major shift in high-level leadership.