Articles by Peter Maass

category: New York Times

The Secret Breakers

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 18, 2013
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets

A Diarist At War

The New York Times  |  March 14, 2013

That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker

The New York Times  |  July 15, 2012

Fuel Fixers

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 22, 2007
How the scarcity of oil may be making our antibribery laws obsolete.

Radioactive Nationalism

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 22, 2006
The risky maneuverings on the Korean peninsula

The Price of Oil

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 18, 2005

The Breaking Point

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 21, 2005
Saudi Arabia, soaring demand and the theory of peak oil.

The Salvadorization of Iraq?

The New York Times Magazine  |  May 1, 2005
The counterinsurgency is increasingly being waged by former elite troops of Saddam Hussein’s army, with guidance from a U.S. adviser who in the 80’s commanded the Special Forces in El Salvador. It’s not a pretty campaign.

The Triumph of the Quiet Tycoon

The New York Times Magazine  |  August 2, 2004
This is a bad time to be a big-spending Russian oil billionaire. But Vagit Alekperov has figured out how to beat the system — you just play by Putin’s rules.

The Counterinsurgent

The New York Times Magazine  |  January 11, 2004
Major John Nagl was a leading military scholar on how to fight a resistance. But could he make his ideas work on the ground in Iraq?

Enemy Combatants

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 15, 2002
Ideas of 2002

Thunder Run

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 14, 2003

Project Eyes

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 14, 2003
New tools for an occupation.

The Last Emperor

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 19, 2003
Kim Jong Il, the world’s most dangerous dictator, has always been a figure surrounded by mystery and myth. But, from defectors and former aides, a portrait is emerging of family dysfunction, palace intrigue and imperial menace.

Meet the New Boss

The New York Times Magazine  |  June 8, 2003
Dathar Khashab had what it took to maneuver his way up through the ranks in Saddam Hussein’s oil bureaucracy. When his new managers showed up wearing U.S.-issue fatigues, he didn’t miss a step.

Trying to Rebuild Iraq, While Watching Their Backs

The New York Times  |  May 11, 2003

Back-Room Theocrat

The New York Times Magazine  |  May 11, 2003
Moqtadah al-Sadr wants an Iraq run by God’s laws. But first he has to outsmart his rivals, outmaneuver the Americans and get Iraq’s millions of Shiites behind him.

“Good Kills”

The New York Times Magazine  |  April 20, 2003
To get to Baghdad, the marines of the Third Battalion fought the old-fashioned way—by shooting as many of the enemy as they could. Their victims weren’t all soldiers.

Soldier of Misfortune

The New York Times Magazine  |  April 13, 2003

Hungry Road

The New York Times  |  April 6, 2003
Food, Too, Can Be a Weapon of the War In Iraq.

If a Terror Suspect Won’t Talk, Should He Be Made To?

The New York Times  |  March 8, 2003
Security and retribution in a murky world.

When Al Qaeda Calls

The New York Times Magazine  |  February 2, 2003
An Arab journalist’s close encounter with terrorists.

A Bulletproof Mind

The New York Times Magazine  |  November 10, 2002
The Special Forces are being engineered not only for the traumas of battle but also for its aftermath.

Journalists and Justice at The Hague

The New York Times  |  July 5, 2002

Gul Agha Gets His Province Back

The New York Times Magazine  |  January 6, 2002
It’s kissing the ring, cash stuffed in envelopes and bloody lawlessness again in Kandahar. The warlord has returned.

How a Camp Becomes a City

The New York Times Magazine  |  November 18, 2001
Every refugee camp has its own social hierarchy. In Shamshatoo, on the Pakistani border, it all begins with a man named Nusrat.

Emroz Khan Is Having a Bad Day

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 21, 2001
Which is not unusual, and helps explain why Peshawar’s youth are tinder for Islamic extremism.

The Volunteer

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 7, 2001
Finding love on the battlefield.

The Zealot

The New York Times Magazine  |  September 30, 2001
Getting ready for the jihad.

Milosevic and the Beginning of Honesty

The New York Times  |  June 30, 2001

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