Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs

Daniel Byman

Foreign Affairs

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Daniel:

The Third Intifada?

The UN recently warned that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “again reaching a boiling point.” The odds of a third intifada are higher than they have been in years. → Read More

What Is a Terrorist Movement?

The growing prevalence of terrorist ideologies that organize and encourage attacks without formal organizational structures will require analysts and policymakers to rethink their definitions. → Read More

Observations on Iran’s Plot to Kill John Bolton

The failed assassinaton plot against the former U.S. national security advisor has demonstrated the need for plans to deter future attempts on the lives of senior officials while avoiding a spiral of retaliation with Iran. → Read More

Op-Ed: Al Qaeda lost its leader, but are Americans any safer?

Even before Ayman Zawahiri's assassination, Al Qaeda was a weakened, regionalized terrorist organization. → Read More

Al-Qaeda after al-Zawahiri

The future of a post-al Zawahiri al-Qaeda rests in the hands of the terrorist group’s next leader, whoever that may be. → Read More

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Legacy of Terror

He inherited the leadership of al Qaeda when U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden but lacked his predecessor’s charisma. → Read More

How Strong Is al-Qaeda? A Debate

Sept. 11, 2001, was “The Day the World Changed.” The 2,977 deaths at the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists led to massive policy changes and dominated U.S. → Read More

The Global Roots of the Buffalo Shooting

White supremacists today are engaged in a global discussion, with violence part of the dialogue. → Read More

How White Supremacist Terrorists Use Social Media to Spread Hate

Publicizing attacks and exploiting social media is the new normal for terrorism. → Read More

Foreign Fighters in Ukraine? Evaluating the Benefits and Risks

The war today differs from jihadists conflicts and even the more limited recent civil conflict in Ukraine, but these and other experiences offer some lessons to consider about any future role for foreign fighters. → Read More

2021 saw plenty of violence — but no mass terrorist attacks in the U.S.

A new focus on right-wing terrorist groups and years of fighting Islamic militant groups seems to have paid off → Read More

Counterterrorism Successes Against Foreign Fighters

Foreign fighters remain a powerful jihadist force worth understanding. → Read More

Remembering the Gains of the Afghanistan War

It’s hard to imagine a successful counterterrorism campaign in the years that followed September 11 without the invasion of Afghanistan, which played a decisive role in dismantling what had become a major and persistent threat to American lives. → Read More

The Good Enough Doctrine

Instead of a decisive victory, the United States appears to have settled for something less ambitious: good enough. → Read More

The Failure of Counterterrorism After the Civil War

The political violence perpetrated by white supremacists in response to Reconstruction and its long-term effects hold lessons for modern counterterrorism policy. → Read More

Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorist Safe Haven Again?

The risk of an al Qaeda comeback is real, but Afghanistan’s reversion to its pre-9/11 role as a safe haven for jihadi terrorism is unlikely. → Read More

The U.S. is pulling out of Afghanistan. Don’t expect an al-Qaeda reboot.

Here’s why Afghanistan won't necessarily become a base for international terrorist attacks. → Read More

Nine Questions for the Capitol Insurrection Commission

Besides offering a definitive account of the events leading up to the storming of the Capitol and the attack itself, what should an investigative commission devoted to Jan. 6 look at? → Read More

The assault on the U.S. Capitol opens a new chapter in domestic terrorism

The counterterrorism manual doesn’t cover an insurrection egged on by one party’s leaders. → Read More

Social Media Companies Need Better Emergency Protocols

Social media companies should develop emergency protocols to counter the exploitation by malign agents and states that seek to foment violence. → Read More