North America

Christian Caryl

Tycoon Warning

How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

What Churchill Can Teach Us About the Coming Era of Lasers, Cyborgs, and Killer Drones

Or why the Pentagon needs to think big and look to the past in order to prepare for the chaotic technowars of the future.

P.W. Singer |

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

High North or High Tension?

How to head off war in the last frontier on Earth.

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret) |

Terms of Engagement

Imperial Understretch and the Fall of Great Powers

The sad, dangerous lessons of America's budget standoff.

James Traub |

Feature

One Starship to Rule Them All

What can we learn from the ultimate sci-fi geek chart of warships?

Michael Peck |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The End of OPEC

Forty years after the Arab oil embargo, new technologies are dramatically reshaping the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Amy Myers Jaffe |

Feature

The Empire Shuts Down

Helpful hints on what to do when The Force gets furloughed.

Michael Peck |

Report

The NSA's New Code Breakers

America's using front companies, break-in artists, and hacktivists to spy on everyone -- and only North Korea seems able to resist.

Matthew M. Aid |

Profile

Sherman's March

Meet the social worker turned nuclear negotiator who's trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Ash Carter Tells Pentagon Boss, 'It's Time for Me to Go'

Flournoy, Kendall are seen as leading successors.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Crisis Management

Welcome to the Fed, Janet Yellen. Now, can you please save a global economy teetering on the brink of collapse?

Zachary Karabell |

Daniel Altman

A Plan to Save the Republican Party

Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's the GOP's best chance for survival.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Dumbest Game of Chicken, Ever

Obama’s trying to tank the markets to win the budget fight. Problem is, that might not work -- and Republicans just don’t care.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

The Case for Canamerica

The far-out, incredibly earnest argument for why the U.S. should merge with its northern neighbor.

J. Dana Stuster |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Investigation

How Congress Screwed Up America's Security Clearance System

Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.

Rebecca LaFlure |

Dispatch

My Booze-Soaked, $12,000 Round-Trip Junket to Nowhere

Qatar Airways sits reporters in vibrating seats, loads them with 39-year-old wine, and never explicitly asks for glowing press coverage.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Take Them Off the Leash

Why the U.S. should grant Iranian journalists freedom to report, outside a 25-mile radius of New York.

Joel Simon |

Reality Check

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

Aaron David Miller |

Jeffrey Lewis

Armageddon 2

The supremely bad U.S.-Russian plan to nuke asteroids.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Profile

The D.C. Socialite vs. 'The Grill Sergeant'

When the Pentagon tried to save its awful TV channel, it called in Washington's most infamous TV producer-turned-party-thrower.

Gordon Lubold |

By Other Means

Wishful Thinking

Frustrated with Obama's Syria speech? Here are two better ones he could have given.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Take It and Like It

Why Obama should be thrilled about the Russian chemical weapons deal.

Edward Luttwak |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.

Christian Caryl |

Gordon Adams

Bad Leftovers

Why there's little hope for a solution to Congress's budget woes.

Gordon Adams |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

Gordon Adams

This Is Not a Horror Story

Why you shouldn't worry about the Pentagon cutting personnel.

Gordon Adams |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |