International Relations

Rational Security

How Chess Explains the World

And predicts the rise and fall of nations.

John Arquilla |

Rational Security

Founding Insurgents

What today's military could learn from George Washington.

John Arquilla |

Dispatch

Dead on Arrival

Why is John Kerry shuttling around trying to kick-start a Middle East peace process that no one wants?

Oren Kessler |

FP Explainer

How Do You Flee a Country Without Leaving It?

5 ways Edward Snowden can smuggle himself out of the Moscow airport.

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

Just How Many Weapons Can America Sell?

The Obama administration is determined to find out.

William D. Hartung |

Reality Check

Are Domestic Politics Evil?

What really happens when the national interest meets the water's edge.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Has Foggy Bottom Forgotten Asia?

Yes, Mr. Secretary, we get that you want to fix the Middle East. But remember that whole 'pivot' thing?

Ely Ratner |

Dept Of Secrets

Israel's Secret Uranium Buy

How Argentina fueled Ben-Gurion's nuclear program.

William Burr |

Gordon Adams

Don't Call It Isolationism

America's not retreating -- it's just going undercover.

Gordon Adams |

Micah Zenko

Obama's 'Alice in Wonderland' Syria Strategy

If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

Micah Zenko |

Daniel Altman

Time for the Little Guys to Bloc Up

When it comes to trade, there's an easy way for small nations to compete.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Naval Gazing

India wants to "look east," but does it have the ships -- and strategic focus -- to be a military player in Asia?

Vipin Narang |

Rational Security

Mitt Romney Was Right

Russia's our No. 1 enemy -- and Snowden's just the tip of the iceberg.

John Arquilla |

Report

Nuclear Waste

How the U.S. spent billions on a plan that increases the danger of proliferation.  

Douglas Birch |

Argument

A Bolivarian Dream Deferred

The Latin American left is back in the news thanks to the Edward Snowden saga, but the movement still hasn't found a leader to replace Hugo Chávez.

Michael Shifter |

David Rothkopf

Leaning Away

Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.

David Rothkopf |

Gordon Adams

U.S. Defense Industry Flees the Country

In search of greener pastures, Lockheed and friends venture abroad. But competition is stiff.

Gordon Adams |

Jeffrey Lewis

The Incredible Shrinking Arsenal

It's not Obama who's cutting nukes -- it's Congress.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Brad Pitt and the Zombie Shark

How World War Z ruined the zombie apocalypse.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

Death by Cuts to a Thousand

Obama's plan to reduce nuclear weapons does too little and will take too long.

Daryl G. Kimball |

Argument

The Case for Overkill

Obama's wrong: America does need thousands of nukes.

Matthew Kroenig |

Argument

Rebel Whimper

Obama's Syria policy is a riddle wrapped in an enigma surrounding nothing.

Danielle Pletka |

David Rothkopf

Scared Tactics

Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.

David Rothkopf |

David Barno

The Road to Nowhere Good

When Syria's rebels need more than just weapons, America may well find itself in the middle of a civil war.

David W. Barno |

Argument

Time to Pull Our Troops from Europe

It'll help solve the Eurozone crisis. Seriously.

Sean Kay |

Dispatch

G Is for Grab Bag

On the march with the motley crew of G-8 protesters in Belfast.

Peter Geoghegan |

Argument

The Real Reason You're Mad at the NSA

Imagine the civil-military divide -- but much, much bigger.

John McLaughlin |

Argument

The Evolution of an Interventionist

How John McCain became America's unofficial ambassador of leading from the front.

John Norris |

Argument

Regime Change in Qatar

Knee-deep in Syria's civil war and surrounded by family quarrels, Qatar's emir is looking to hand over the country to his 33-year-old son.

Simon Henderson |