History

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 |

BOOK CLUB

A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade

A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin. 

Joshua Foust |

Feature

Russia Wasn't Built in a Day

Inside Moscow's ridiculous plan to redevelop a massive Soviet-era exhibition space.

Peter Savodnik |

Slide Show

Endangered Spaces

Photos of the Syrian cultural heritage sites now being used as battlefields and sniper hideouts.

Slide Show |

EXCERPT

China: Year Zero

1979 and the birth of an economic miracle.

Christian Caryl |

Rational Security

The Case for Slow War

History shows that wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am rarely works out for the best.

John Arquilla |

Argument

The Most Dangerous Border in the World

Why is China picking a fight with India?

Ely Ratner |

Marc Lynch

How Syria Ruined the Arab Spring

Hopes for peaceful change have been replaced by sectarian animosity and unending bloodshed.

Marc Lynch |

Reality Check

In Search of Reinhold Niebuhr

America could use a little philosophical humility right now.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Ghost of Iraq

How the last war is haunting the Syria debate.

John Norris |