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Kathy Gilsinan

Associate editor at The Atlantic Kathy Gilsinan is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where she covers global affairs. Previously, she was an associate editor at World Politics Review.
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In Today's Complex World, 'We Have No Idea What War Is'

August 10, 2016 Just days after I interviewed the legal scholar Rosa Brooks about her book on her time as a civilian advisor in President Barack Obama’s Pentagon, the United States bombed Libya again. This was the third such strike in the U.S. campaign against ISIS there, but this time, Reuters reported, U.S....

Why Is Iraq Still Using Fake Bomb Detectors?

July 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following Sunday’s bombing in Baghdad—which the Iraqi government now says killed 250 people, making it ISIS’ deadliest-ever bombing against civilians—The Washington Post reported the website of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior had been hacked. “A picture of a bloodied baby was posted along with a bomb detector bearing the Islamic State’s...

The Drone War Crosses Another Line

May 23, 2016 Following the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour in an American drone strike in Pakistan on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked that “Peace is what we want” in Afghanistan. “Mansour,” he said, “was a threat to that effort.” Confirming Mansour’s death on Monday, President Barack...

Five Years After bin Laden's Death, al-Qaeda Lives On

May 3, 2016 Five years ago, the United States completed a nearly decade-long manhunt for the architect of 9/11. Early in the morning on May 2, local time, a team of U.S. Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and shot dead the founder and leader of al-Qaeda, the group that...

How Should the World Respond to Terrorism?

April 4, 2016 A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring their complexity. March alone saw a string of major terrorist attacks around the world—including in Ivory Coast, Belgium, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey—that together killed more...

How Should the World Respond to Terrorism?

April 3, 2016 A&Q is a special series that inverts the classic Q&A, taking some of the most frequently posed solutions to pressing matters of policy and exploring their complexity. March alone saw a string of major terrorist attacks around the world—including in Ivory Coast, Belgium, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey—that together killed more...

How Syria’s Uprising Spawned a Jihad

March 16, 2016 This month marks five years since the start of the Syrian uprising—a movement that, for a brief period in March 2011, looked like it might bring peaceful change to an authoritarian state. By that point, the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt had already stepped down amid protests, seemingly marking a...

How Guantanamo Is Used in Jihadist Propaganda

February 24, 2016 In his last year in office, President Obama has submitted to Congress a plan to achieve what he had promised to do in his first: Close the facility housing terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In the interim, Obama and a series of other officials, including former CIA Director David...

Democrats on Islamic State Fight: We'll Do What Obama Is Doing, but More

November 15, 2015 “Together, leading the world, this country will rid our planet of this barbarous organization called ISIS,” Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced from his podium at the Democratic debate on Saturday. In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the sentiment sounds more emphatically ambitious and efficient...

A Who's Who Guide to the Syrian Civil War

October 29, 2015 Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria marks a new phase in the Syrian conflict, now in its fifth year. Launched in late September, in response to rebel gains against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the strikes were a prelude to a mid-October ground offensive by Syrian government forces to...