How An American Began to Plot with Al Qaeda



My friend and former New America Foundation colleague Paul Cruickshank has been at the forefront of CNN’s investigative journalism on the nuts and bolts of Islamic terrorism. In one of Cruickshank’s recent shows that he did with CNN’s Nic Robertson, they showed how devastating a small bomb on a plane could be.

Clinton, Karzai Define Down Kandahar: “A process, not an operation”



This is a guest note by Barbara Slavin, freqent TWN contributor and author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. Slavin has visited Iran seven times. Clinton, Karzai Define Down Kandahar: “A Process, not an Operation” Experienced politicians are experts at downplaying expectations.

Delivering the Right Way on Human Rights



One of my frustrations with the global justice community has been a general aversion to thinking through and articulating clear road maps to secure human rights advancements in a way that can stand up to cost/benefit assessments of other contending policy goals.

Make Israel a State of the U.S.



This is a guest note by Dan Kervick, a regular reader and commenter at The Washington Note. Reaction to Aaron David Miller’s recent pessimistic piece on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raised calls for outside-the-box thinking as the only alternative to despair and endless conflict in the Middle East.

Is Deniz Baykal Really Going Away?


(Photo Credit: Jon Connel’s Photostream) The huge news here in Istanbul this week is the resignation of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal. Baykal leads the main opposition party that represents a secular, nationalist, pro-military alternative to the conservative, religiously-oriented ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).