History

Argument

Cowboys vs. Kippot

The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.

Michael Peck |

EXCERPT

Lies, Damned Lies, and Chinese Statistics

Who’s cooking Beijing’s books?

Tom Orlik |

Dispatch

The Kenyatta Affair

What Kenya and its allies can learn from Austria’s Nazi legacy.

James Verini |

Transcript

The Iraq Syndrome

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

The First Step

Why America needs to beat itself up a little more over the Iraq War.

Michael A. Cohen |

Reality Check

So You Want to Be a Peacemaker?

Here are 11 lessons to keep in mind if you want to have any hope of solving the Middle East's most intractable conflict.

Aaron David Miller |

Photo Essay

Once Upon a Time in Baghdad

71 years before the war that nearly destroyed it.

Marya Hannun |

Rational Security

The Illogic of Iraq

Explaining one of history's most egregious strategic non sequiturs.

John Arquilla |

Transcript

To COIN or Not?

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Transcript

Ends and Means

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Backstory

A Personal History, An American History

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

Peter Maass |

Argument

Learning Curve

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

James Dobbins |

Feature

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Pilgrims and Idiots

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

Arch Puddington |

Argument

Stalin Lives

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

Masha Lipman |

Argument

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 |

Argument

While America Slept

How the United States botched China's rise.

Kishore Mahbubani |

Annotated

Power Shot

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

John Garnaut |

Argument

Cleaning up a Dirty War

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

Alexandra Starr |