On 9/11, the West woke up to the threat posed by failed states. But did we actually understand it?
As the secretary of defense steps down, it's time to set aside the paeans and reconsider the conventional take on his tenure.
The world's most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was -- and Osama bin Laden's death doesn't mean that it's down for the count.
Arab autocrats may be tottering, but the world's tyrants aren't all quaking in their steel-toed boots.
Why cracking down on Afghanistan's opium business won't help stop the Taliban -- or the United States' own drug problems.
America's backyard is no longer an afterthought -- or Washington's to claim.
One of the world's foremost experts on democracy building debunks the myths surrounding the Arab world's new governments -- and wonders what sort of role the West should play.
Relax, America. Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future.
From the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Arab autocracy domino theory, five myths about Egypt's revolution.
A gray tsunami is sweeping the planet -- and not just in the places you expect. How did the world get so old, so fast?
Ignore the hype: There's no panacea for the deteriorating U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan.
President Obama told residents of the gulf states this weekend that he feels their pain. But the best way to help the gulf would be to let his ill-advised drilling moratorium expire early.
Everyone wants a piece of the thawing far north. But that doesn't mean anarchy will reign at the top of the world.
The Gipper wasn't the warhound his conservative followers would have you think.
They told us it would usher in a new era of freedom, political activism, and perpetual peace. They were wrong.
President Obama’s pledge to rid the world of atomic bombs is a waste of breath. But not for the reasons you might imagine.
U.S. Africa Command was launched to controversy and has been met with skepticism ever since. Behind two years of mixed messages, a coherent mission might finally be emerging. Here's what you need to know about the world's next U.S. military hub.
The movement of skilled workers from poor countries to rich ones is nothing to fear. In the long run, it will benefit both.
As causalities from the world's religious wars mount, God is getting a bad reputation. But the war against God has had its casualties as well. Here's why we need a truce -- and why secularism is almost as much of a threat to the world as fundamentalism.
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.
Don't believe the hype about Japan's new ruling party and the supposed revolution it is launching. As the new government completes its first month in office, all signs point to more of the same old stagnation in Tokyo.
Afghanistan is a mess. Suicide bombs are still going off in Iraq. Is nation-building doomed to failure? It's time to consult the original insurgent, T.E. Lawrence.
President Obama got the leaders of Israel and Palestine to shake hands this week. But a meeting in Midtown does not a Palestinian deal make. Here’s why.
With a U.S. president chairing the world’s top security body for the first time, it’s worth asking: What does the U.N. Security Council do, exactly? The answer, it turns, out, is more than you think, and less than you might hope.
Noble Prize-winning scientist Norman Borlaug died Sept 12, but his ideas and the green revolution they produced are still transforming agriculture in Asia. Next stop: Africa.