Making an undercover visit to an Iraqi expat nightclub in Syria, where the refugee crisis's illicit economy is on full display.
The Obama administration’s quiet approach to promoting freedom in the Arab world is about to meet its first major test.
Washington may be deeply polarized on domestic matters, but when it comes to foreign affairs, a remarkable consensus is taking shape.
What the four-stars are reading -- a weekly column from Small Wars Journal.
What the Pentagon’s most highly anticipated planning document says about the gap between its aspirations and reality.
Day after day, political crisis after political crisis, Afghanistan persists in going nowhere.
Since Barack Obama's speech six months ago, the Muslim world has begun to lose hope in the United States. But it's not too late ... yet.
What the recent uproar over the Nobel Committee chairman's lucrative new post says about Norway's peace prize complex.
The architect of the 9/11 attacks is headed to a criminal trial in New York -- but Obama's made a muddle of the rest of the legal picture.
The world is hounding the Afghan president to crack down on corruption and kick out entrenched warlords. I don't think he's going to do it, and I should know: I’m the man who wrote his autobiography.
If the window closes to fix Afghanistan's government, more boots on the ground won't matter.
Books, art, and culture can help win the battle of ideas in the Middle East.
U.S. standing in the world matters, Americans care about it, and a weakened stature continues to hamper U.S. policy. Twenty prominent political scientists have recently completed a year-long study of the issue and clear away the underbrush of misunderstanding.
President Obama promised to close the facility within a year, but eight months later, the path is looking rockier. Here's what the administration needs to do to meet its deadline.
Writing in Joint Force Quarterly, Adm. Michael G. Mullen critiques the U.S. government's approach to winning hearts and minds.
Susan Rice's speech was a good start toward global re-engagement. But it was only that -- a start.
The man who first led reconstruction efforts in Iraq says that Arab-Kurd tensions are overblown and that "soft partition" would have been a good idea.
Drone strikes are far from perfect -- but they're also far better than nothing.
When I advised the Israel Defense Forces, here's how we decided if targeted kills were legal -- or not.
Why the U.S. president shouldn't react to one bad foreign policy with another.