How John McCain became America's unofficial ambassador of leading from the front.
Some Egyptians see military rule as a solution to their problems. Here's why it's a bad idea.
How the media covered national-security leaks in Daniel Ellsberg's day.
The CIA's a lot better at targeted killing now than it used to be.
The EU can't get its act together when it comes to a common foreign policy. But it's common economics that's screwed the Syrian rebels.
Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.
How Robert Mueller transformed -- for better and for worse -- the FBI into a counterterrorism agency.
A Guatemalan court’s recent ruling in favor of a former dictator looks scandalous. But it actually shows just how far Latin American democracy has come.
Have 70 years of nuclear policy been based on a lie?
Does one obscure Austrian philosopher have the blueprint for the U.S. pivot to Asia?
So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?
I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.
Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.
Why Russia's ludicrous attempt to silence Alexey Navalny is a throwback to the bad old times of Stalin and Khrushchev.
The Republican Party is taking America down a dangerous path.
The Cold War may be over, but spycraft hasn’t changed much since the good old days.
Could the United States really go to war with China?
Why ancient kinship and tribal affiliation still matter in a world of global geopolitics.
How the cartography of Game of Thrones explains the world.
Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.
Should we arm the Syrian rebels? America's attempts to do so in the past hold a few answers.
A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin.
Inside Moscow's ridiculous plan to redevelop a massive Soviet-era exhibition space.
Photos of the Syrian cultural heritage sites now being used as battlefields and sniper hideouts.