One year ago, Osama bin Laden was killed in a daring nighttime raid by Navy SEALs on his compound in a small military garrison town in Pakistan. Since then, how has the war on terror changed? Should we be looking at it more critically than we are? In this essay collection, we examine the war on terror from several angles not often found in the popular discourse.

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Joshua Foust: “We just can’t say we’re ‘winning’ the war in Afghanistan; there’s no way of saying whether we’re winning or not when the public data about the war is incomplete and, more importantly, keeps changing. The insurgents are fighting a war of disruption and influence, and ISAF is fighting a physical war—after analyzing the strategic objectives of the war, this is clear.”


Major Report Shows Problematic Developments in the Struggle Against al Qaeda and Associated Movements American Security Project releases its “Are We Winning?” 2010 Report WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 May 2011 – The American Security Project (ASP) today published the latest report in its signature series titled “Are We Winning? Measuring the Progress in the Struggle against…

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The American Security Project recently released the mid-year update to their annual “Are We Winning?” Report, which showed a marked decrease in Islamist terrorism in the last two quarters of 2009 outside of the on-going conflict theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though Islamist terrorist incidents still remain at historically high levels, the decrease at the end of 2009 was the largest since 2004, when National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) started tracking Islamist terrorist incidents. The report, authored by ASP Senior Fellow Bernard Finel and Researcher Germain Difo measures America’s progress in the fight against terrorism according to metrics that are designed to be both reproducible and objective.

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The American Security Project (ASP) announces the release of their annual report entitled: Are We Winning? Measuring Progress in the Struggle Against al Qaeda and Associate Movements.

This year’s report, authored by Dr. Bernard Finel and Christine Bartolf, notes a dramatic increase in Islamist violence around the world, but also identifies several indicators that suggest al Qaeda is losing relevance. According to the report, overall Islamist terrorist violence has risen 20-30 percent since last year – which is the highest point it has ever been at. However, evidence also shows that the reach and power of al Qaeda has diminished significantly and become more focused on local political leaders, rather than at the United States and the West, coordinated through al Qaeda.

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An American Security Project mid-year update to their annual report on global terrorism trends today showed several trends that raise serious concerns about U.S. counterterrorism policy, including a dramatic increase in Islamic violence in the Middle East, a worsening situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, new “hot spots” of violence in Somalia and Russia, as well as a dampening of the initial “Obama effect” in the Muslim world.