Law

Lab Report

The Contenders

In Burma, the struggle for power is entering a risky new phase.

Gwen Robinson |

Argument

Where Apartheid Lives On

Mandela helped South Africans find their way to political freedom. But they still haven’t managed to overcome the economic legacy of the old regime.

Robert Looney |

Lab Report

The Military's Still in Charge

Why reform in Burma is only skin-deep.

Bertil Lintner |

Christian Caryl

Blood in the Streets

Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.

Christian Caryl |

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 |

Putinology

Talk About Strange Bedfellows

In Moscow, sympathy for Edward Snowden crosses all party lines.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

How to Make It as an Asylum Seeker

Five rules for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to make sure that life on the run goes as smoothly as possible.

Brendan I. Koerner |

Christian Caryl

Why Iran Can't Reform

Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Argument

Evil in a Haystack

How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata?

J.M. Berger |

Christian Caryl

Secret Police State

What’s worse: the NSA or the East German Stasi?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

One Era's Traitor Is Another Era's Whistle-Blower

How the media covered national-security leaks in Daniel Ellsberg's day.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dispatch

'Freedom' Island

Is Hong Kong free, or does Beijing really call the shots?

Adam Rose |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Hoovered

How J. Edgar laid the groundwork for the NSA's surveillance state.

David Gomez |

Argument

Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls…

… and why you (probably) shouldn't worry about it.

Stewart Baker |

Dept Of Secrets

Mission: Assassination

The CIA's a lot better at targeted killing now than it used to be.

Malcolm Byrne |

By Other Means

Authorize This

Can Obama put the war on terror on a new legal footing?

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

David Rothkopf

Smart Phones, Dumb Laws

Is technology outpacing our ability to regulate it?

David Rothkopf |

The List

And You Thought the IRS Was Bad?

The world's five most out-of-control tax agencies.

J. Dana Stuster |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

James Traub |

Argument

Obama's Self-Inflicted Scandal

The only thing transparent about the White House is its perverse penchant for secrecy.

Richard A. Epstein |

Dispatch

Janus in Islamabad

Is Pakistan's once and likely future prime minister someone the United States can work with?

Emily Cadei |

Micah Zenko

Talking in Circles

Why Harold Koh's big speech on targeted killings is just more of the same, intentional Obama muddle.

Micah Zenko |

Dispatch

Death Mill

How the ready-made garment industry captured the Bangladeshi state.

Joseph Allchin |

Argument

No More Doing Business As Usual

Why World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is right to subject the Bank’s global business report to fresh scrutiny.

Christina Chang |