History

Rational Security

Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

What we can learn from one of the most brilliant deceptions of World War II.

John Arquilla |

The List

Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown

Yes, we now have confirmation that the CIA was behind Iran's 1953 coup. But the agency hardly stopped there.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dept Of Secrets

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation.

Malcolm Byrne |

Lab Report

Libya's Hard Landing

The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?

Chris Stephen |

Rational Security

Last War Standing

Why preemption is the only thing that can keep America safe.

John Arquilla |

Argument

Green Water

Can the U.S. Navy win the eco-arms race?

Ray Mabus |

Dept Of Secrets

Venting and Complaining

How the United States and the Soviet Union tried to conceal the problem of radioactive leaks from underground nuclear tests.

William Burr |

Argument

Breach or Debate

It's time for Congress to use its freedom of speech power to force the intelligence debate out into the open.

Bruce Ackerman |

Rational Security

The ABCs of Strategy

Everything you need to know about war is in children's books.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

The Alchemy of Protest

When do mass political demonstrations work?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Echoes of Nasser

Nearly 60 years ago, Egypt's generals tried to crush the Muslim Brotherhood. It didn’t go well.

Steven A. Cook |

Rational Security

History of the World, Part Z

What the undead can teach us about the fall of Rome -- and cyberwar.

John Arquilla |

Feature

Chairman of the Board

How Mao unintentionally created China’s capitalist revolution.

Orville Schell |

Argument

Where Apartheid Lives On

Mandela helped South Africans find their way to political freedom. But they still haven’t managed to overcome the economic legacy of the old regime.

Robert Looney |

Micah Zenko

Don't Know Much About History

What John McCain, Richard Cohen, and Jeffrey Goldberg have in common.

Micah Zenko |

Rational Security

How Chess Explains the World

And predicts the rise and fall of nations.

John Arquilla |

Rational Security

Founding Insurgents

What today's military could learn from George Washington.

John Arquilla |

Argument

How to Make It as an Asylum Seeker

Five rules for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to make sure that life on the run goes as smoothly as possible.

Brendan I. Koerner |

Christian Caryl

Why Iran Can't Reform

Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Evolution of an Interventionist

How John McCain became America's unofficial ambassador of leading from the front.

John Norris |

Argument

Egyptians, the Army Is Not Your Quick Fix

Some Egyptians see military rule as a solution to their problems. Here's why it's a bad idea.

Colin M. Snider |

Christian Caryl

Secret Police State

What’s worse: the NSA or the East German Stasi?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

One Era's Traitor Is Another Era's Whistle-Blower

How the media covered national-security leaks in Daniel Ellsberg's day.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dept Of Secrets

Mission: Assassination

The CIA's a lot better at targeted killing now than it used to be.

Malcolm Byrne |

Argument

A Body in Search of a Head

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.

Robert Zaretsky |

Reality Check

They're the Deciders

Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Spies Like Them

How Robert Mueller transformed -- for better and for worse -- the FBI into a counterterrorism agency.

David Gomez |

Argument

Look on the Bright Side

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.

Mac Margolis |