This week’s show raises a number of questions related to how the American drone strategy in Pakistan (and elsewhere) creates potential tensions in the region. To help sift through these complex issues, we asked leading experts to weigh in on drone warfare. Our contributors: Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School [...]
The counterterrorism fight has a new combatant: Google. But the company’s program to use technology to deradicalize youth around the world is based on a misunderstanding of what causes violent extremism, writes Joshua Foust.
Author Greg Mortenson is under fire for allegedly fabricating parts of his bestselling “Three Cups of Tea.” Joshua Foust asks what we’re really losing with Mortenson’s fall.
A recent story about the U.S. “kill team” appears to be a serious exploration of war crime, writes Joshua Foust, but its gratuitous use of unrelated war photos belies its true motive.
Joshua Foust: Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings had a story about how the military influences public opinion, but he buried it.
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.
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.
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.
In Afghanistan and Pakistan, militants are killed or arrested in groups of 30 with bizarre frequency. Joshua Foust suspects it’s just shorthand for “we think we got a few bad guys.”