Author Archive

Graeme Wood

Ideas

What Does ISIS Want Now?

A bombing at Kabul airport portends grave consequences as the Islamic State’s affiliate takes on the Taliban.

Ideas

Iran Has Far More Coronavirus Cases Than It Is Letting On

The surprising number of Iranian government officials succumbing to COVID-19 offers a hint that the disease is far more widespread than the official statistics indicate.

Ideas

Trump Wants His Fighters Unbound by the Laws of War. That's Not Going to Help Us

One reason more than 80 countries allied to fight ISIS is that they flagrantly ignored these laws. Now we do too.

Ideas

ISIS Lost Its Land. Then It Began to Lose Its Ability to Inspire.

As with Osama bin Laden, the most intriguing fact about Baghdadi’s assassination was its location, deep in what was considered enemy territory.

Ideas

ISIS Is Gloating

The best one could say about America’s abandonment of the Kurds is that they should have known we would sell them out eventually.

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John Bolton Will Hold This Grudge

His dismissal by tweet came after an unusually long prelude of disrespect, both by President Trump and by favored allies.

Ideas

I Wrote to John Walker Lindh. He Wrote Back.

The American jihadist thanked me for my interest in the Islamic State.

Policy

Will John Bolton Bring on Armageddon—Or Stave It Off?

The national security adviser could be our best hope for protecting the world from Donald Trump’s impulses.

Threats

What the Attack in New York Revealed About the Islamic State's Supporters

As ISIS loses territory, the greatest danger remains that more competent fighters will return home.

Ideas

The Bloody End of the Islamic State's Utopian Dream

The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name.

Ideas

ISIS Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey

The politics of the attack and its avowal make the Istanbul massacre much more pivotal than many others.

Ideas

The American Leader in the Islamic State

How a military brat from Texas became a devoted jihadist.

Policy

Trump is Wrong, ISIS Doesn't Want Rome

Trump's claim that Rome is 'ISIS’s ultimate trophy' deserves correction, just in case he thinks it’s true.

Threats

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State believes it is an agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and how to stop it.