Austin Long

Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2014-2015 he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: The Islamic State’s War Machine

Editor’s Note: The recent killing of Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane is only one of the most recent U.S. attempts to disrupt Al Qaeda and associated movements by targeting their leaders. Although the Obama administration has aggressively embraced this tactic, arguments persist over whether or not it is succeeding.