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.
History shows that wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am rarely works out for the best.
Hopes for peaceful change have been replaced by sectarian animosity and unending bloodshed.
America could use a little philosophical humility right now.
How self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom.
A secret document shows the NSA has been planning attacks since the Clinton years.
What it's like to sit and talk with jihadists, neo-Nazis, and lone-wolf killers.
Meet Degi Dudayev. It's not easy being the son of independent Chechnya's dead president.
Long before the marathon bombing, Islamists in Massachusetts were helping militants in Chechnya.
A brief history of the Chechen diaspora, Islamic radicalism, and the possible link to the Boston bombing suspects.