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.
Take it from this former ambassador: Disagreements over the war in Afghanistan may do more long-term harm than short-term good.
The U.S. president and Israeli prime minister can patch things up during a meeting tonight by avoiding talks of Israel and Palestine. They should turn to Iran instead.
What the Milan conviction of 23 U.S. officials means for those on trial and the future of diplomatic immunity.
We ran the numbers and it's true: the watchdogs have their politics. But that might just be a good thing.
Obama or no Obama, U.S.-Cuba relations are unlikely to improve anytime soon.
Counterinsurgency is at least 50 percent civilian. So where have all the Foreign Service officers gone?
Missile defense will be strategically useless against the nuclear threats from Iran -- or anywhere else.
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.
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.
How former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul ditched the bureaucracy, stopped intergovernmental turf wars, pushed for results, and helped create an anti-poverty machine that actually works.
A previously unreported program sheds light on the battle for Africa's hearts and minds -- and the battle between the State Department and the Department of Defense.
Meet Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the unsavory Tajik warlord whose grip on Afghanistan just got a whole lot tighter.
Susan Rice's speech was a good start toward global re-engagement. But it was only that -- a start.
America brought Europe back to life a half-century ago. Why not give Africa the same chance?
Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
A new hotbed of terror could be a domestic problem for Obama. But he shouldn't treat it like one.
Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media reports?
When we go to war, what happens when we make our enemies faceless?
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.
What the four-stars are reading -- a weekly column from Small Wars Journal.
Why the U.S. president shouldn't react to one bad foreign policy with another.
Obama's refusal to dub Israeli settlements illegal is undermining any hope of Middle East peace.