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COLUMN

From Messiah to Mediocrity

How a constitutional scholar became a "just trust me" pol.

David Rothkopf |

Report

NSA Surveillance Will Change. Just Not Very Much.

Seeking a middle ground on surveillance, Obama pleases few.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Head in the Sand

How many more tell-all memoirs will it take for the president to admit that it's not working?

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Uniform Fix

Why putting more military veterans on Capitol Hill won't end Washington's rampant partisanship.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Pennsylvania Avenue's Cold War

How a New Jersey Democrat became the White House's biggest foreign-policy foe.

Yochi Dreazen |

COLUMN

Keeping It Central

From health care to education, what the United States can learn from poorer countries.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Cult of the Cyber Offensive

Why belief in first-strike advantage is as misguided today as it was in 1914.

P.W. Singer |

COLUMN

National Stupidity

In international politics, pride goeth before a fall.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Lost in America

How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Gordon Adams

Echoes of 1914

A strange, dangerous, and oddly familiar era -- of declining American power, global rebalancing, and profound inequality -- is upon us.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Acquitted in Court, Still Blacklisted by the U.S.

The United States sanctioned Ante Gotovina when he was a fugitive fleeing war crimes charges. Now he's a free man, but still on the list.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

I Spy

Welcome to the FBI's new mission.

David Gomez |

Argument

Cold Comfort

Why #polarvortex trended and climate change is somehow still "unverified."

Richard C.J. Somerville |

Report

Did Bob Gates' New Book Just Trash His Golden Reputation?

The former Secdef was known for quiet loyalty –- until a tell-all unloaded on his old bosses.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Congressional Oversight

Oh, hello there. We weren't expecting you...

Matt Bors |

In Box

Trial by Fire

What crises lie in wait for Janet Yellen?

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

COLUMN

We Can Handle the Truth

The CIA's excuses about torture just don't hold water.

Rosa Brooks |

Report

Should America Start Exporting Oil?

Energy execs and a powerful senator say it's time -- even though the U.S. still doesn't drill enough to supply itself.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

Killer Elite

America's foreign policy establishment is out of touch with America -- and the numbers prove it.

Bruce Stokes |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Feature

The Real eHarmony

How young people meeting on the Internet might help build peace in some of the world's most volatile regions.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Report

How a Mega Project Snafu Could Snarl America’s Gas Exports

The expansion of the Panama Canal is on hold -- and so is the U.S. dream of sending energy to Asia.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Reckless Reforms

Why the Obama administration should ignore recommendations from the panel it established to review NSA surveillance.

Joshua Rovner |

Slide Show

The Best of the Best

Exceptional military photos from 2013.

Slide Show |

COLUMN

The Elf on the Shelf

Santa’s little helpers are so 2012.

Matt Bors |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

COLUMN

The Man of the Year

How can the biggest news story of 2013 be so overblown -- and so monumentally important -- at the same time?

James Traub |

Report

Ragged Edges

The U.S. slammed shut a border crossing to Mexico after 9/11, isolating and starving a village on the other side. The passage reopened in 2013, but stark divisions remain.

Anna Badkhen |

Argument

The Panopticon Paradox

When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?

Emile Simpson |

Argument

Maid in Manhattan

Why isn't anyone focusing on the domestic help in the Indian diplomatic scandal?

Sumit Ganguly |