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Joshua Foust


Ask the experts: Drones

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 […]


Google wants to fight extremism, but it needs to understand it first

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.


Stranger than fiction

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.


Rolling Stone and the politics of war porn

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.


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.


In Pakistan and Afghanistan, what does 30 dead really mean?

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.”

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