A Personal History, An American History

How one Marine's diary helps us understand the Iraq war.

Peter Maass |


Learning Curve

'Never Again' is the wrong lesson to draw from the Iraq war.

James Dobbins |


The Iraq War That Might Have Been

Ten years on, newly published secret documents shed new light on potential turning points the United States missed.

Michael R. Gordon |

Rational Security

Smaller Is Smarter

Military drawdowns have driven innovation for millennia.

John Arquilla |

Terms of Engagement

How Not to Repair a Broken Pot

The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.

James Traub |

Gordon Adams

Military Review

How Chuck Hagel can show the generals who's boss.

Gordon Adams |


Who's Winning the Great Energy Rat Race?

China just passed the United States as the world's leading oil importer. America should be happy to be No. 2.

Robin M. Mills |

Jeffrey Lewis

It's Not You, It's Me

America's nukes are designed to comfort us, not scare the enemy.

Jeffrey Lewis |


A Very Special Envoy

Why Obama should make Dennis Rodman his man in Pyongyang. Seriously.

Joel Wit |

Dept Of Secrets

A Clear View from Foggy Bottom

How State Department analysts  -- and no one else -- foresaw the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

William Burr |

Rational Security

Caveat Preemptor

How Obama has adopted the Bush doctrine.

John Arquilla |


Alone in the Desert

How Camus explains France's troubling intervention in Mali.

Robert Zaretsky |

Slide Show

The Evolution of Uncle Sam

How U.S. military recruitment posters have changed over the past 150 years.

Slide Show |


Pilgrims and Idiots

How celebrities should handle visits to authoritarian countries in today's world.

Arch Puddington |


Stalin Lives

The Soviet dictator died six decades ago. But Russians have yet to say farewell.

Masha Lipman |


What Is Egypt?

As America's new secretary of state arrives in Cairo, it's still not clear the United States knows what it's dealing with.

Steven A. Cook |


While America Slept

How the United States botched China's rise.

Kishore Mahbubani |


Power Shot

A rare photograph sheds new light on China’s most important social network.

John Garnaut |


Cleaning up a Dirty War

What America's anti-torture advocates can learn from Argentina's darkest days.

Alexandra Starr |


Vatican Insider

Though rumors of gay scandal are swirling around Pope Benedict’s retirement, it’s larger concerns that will test the Vatican as the Conclave begins.

Paolo Mastrolilli |

Rational Security

Real Genius

Does the Pentagon need a creative director?

John Arquilla |


The New Westphalian Web

The future of the Internet may lie in the past. And that's not a good thing.

Katherine Maher |


Israel's Script Turns Sour

Hollywood used to portray Israelis as heroic and brave. Today, it's films about the brutality of the occupation that make it to the silver screen.

Lisa Goldman |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |


Iran Can’t Agree to a Damn Thing

Let's face it: The Islamic Republic is just too dysfunctional to cut a nuclear deal.

Patrick Clawson |


Marianne in Tunisia

How Delacroix's famous painting explains the troubled North African revolution.

Robert Zaretsky |

David Rothkopf

The Cool War

Cold War technology made war unthinkable. Cool War technology makes it irresistible.

David Rothkopf |


House of Cards Is a House of Cards

Why can't Americans do political intrigue like the Brits?

Emma G. Keller |

The List

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

28 games for your President's Day weekend.

Michael Peck |