History

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 |

Argument

The Bomb Didn't Beat Japan... Stalin Did

Have 70 years of nuclear policy been based on a lie?

Ward Wilson |

Argument

New Asia, Old Europe

Does one obscure Austrian philosopher have the blueprint for the U.S. pivot to Asia?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Rational Security

Glory Day

Remembering the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

What I Left Out

I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.

Christian Caryl |

Terms of Engagement

The Indispensable Nation's Indispensable Weapon

Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.

James Traub |

Argument

The Show Trial State

Why Russia's ludicrous attempt to silence Alexey Navalny is a throwback to the bad old times of Stalin and Khrushchev.

Nina Khrushcheva |

Dept Of Secrets

War Scare

The real-life war game that almost led to nuclear armageddon.

Nate Jones |

Daniel Altman

Are We Becoming Argentina?

The Republican Party is taking America down a dangerous path.

Daniel Altman |

Rational Security

Getting to Yes with the Taliban

The case for negotiating with terrorists.

John Arquilla |

Argument

The Moscow Rules Still Rule

The Cold War may be over, but spycraft hasn’t changed much since the good old days.

Milton Bearden |

Feature

The Unstoppable Force vs. the Immovable Object

Could the United States really go to war with China?

Noah Feldman |

Feature

Requiem for a Realist

The legacy of Kenneth Waltz.

J. Dana Stuster |

Feature

The Call of the Clan

Why ancient kinship and tribal affiliation still matter in a world of global geopolitics.

Mark S. Weiner |

Feature

From Winterfell to King's Landing

How the cartography of Game of Thrones explains the world.

Frank Jacobs |

Terms of Engagement

Out With It

Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.

James Traub |

By Other Means

The Electric Kool-Aid Flashback Test

Should we arm the Syrian rebels? America's attempts to do so in the past hold a few answers.

Rosa Brooks |