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.
Obama's Afghanistan strategy echoes all the same Bush mistakes -- and more.
They have already begun. But attempts to paint the new U.S. president as little more than a clone of his predecessor have only a slim chance of success.
The 2008 U.S. election was all about change. But that's not what we're going to get on foreign policy, says the longtime speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice. Instead of a radical departure from Bush, we're likely to end up with a lot more of the same. And that may be just what we need.
Closing Guantánamo sounds easy when you have support from, well, pretty much the entire world. But as former Pentagon insider Matthew Waxman tells FP, it’s not as simple as Barack Obama thinks.
They told us to overlook the abuses because Guantánamo housed “the worst of the worst.” But new statistics prove that the vast majority of prisoners detained there never posed any real risk to America at all.
Steven R. Ratner defends his arguments in "Think Again: Geneva Conventions" from White House legal adviser John Bellinger's critiques.
The U.S. financial crisis cannot be contained. Indeed, it has already begun to infect other countries, and it will travel further before it's done. From sluggish trade to credit crunches, from housing busts to volatile stock markets, this is how the contagion will spread.