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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


Politicizing the intelligence community

Last month, four Americans (including one U.S. Ambassador) were killed in a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. While the death of an ambassador is always monumental – Chris Stevens is the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since Adolph Dubs was murdered by extremists in Afghanistan in 1979 – [...]


A strategy for human rights

Regimes do not simply abuse people for sport; there are institutional, political, and sometimes even strategic reasons for it.


Losing the narrative

Drones are not a universal panacea to terrorism issues. But they can be effective – especially as part of a holistic campaign to undermine and displace violent extremist groups.


The unique geopolitics of Pakistan

The infiltration of terrorists in northwest Pakistan may have roots in the history of Waziristan’s colonization and self-rule.


America’s faltering Afghanistan strategy

American policy changes to the Afghan training program could exacerbate tensions between troops and trainees. Joushua Foust discusses these policy amendments and discusses potential remedies.


Can we count the cost of drone warfare?

With increased focus on the American use of drones, Joshua Foust discusses the opaqueness of the drone campaign and the difficulty in assessing possible collateral damage from drone use.


Afghanistan still violent, candidates still silent

Without the vigorous debate the Afghanistan strategy demands, this war risks sliding into autopilot— a continuing saga of half-formed plans with an ill-defined end in sight.


The rise of Afghan fratricide

As the U.S. prepares for the transition to full Afghan control of Afghanistan, a level of unrest is pitting soldier against soldier. How can the U.S. quell the rising problem of fraternal killings? Joshua Foust explains the necessary remedies.


The counterproductive spectacle of Pussy Riot

Why have human rights in Russia largely been ignored until now? Contributor Joshua Foust weighs in on the Pussy Riot media frenzy.