Military

Dispatch

Pack It Up, Pack It In

Thirteen years after Wisconsin’s 829th Engineer Co. deployed to build Afghanistan’s war infrastructure, they’re back to tear it apart and take it home.

Meg Jones |

Argument

Get Ready for Iraq War IV

One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

John A. Nagl |

Photo Essay

Bringing Down the House that Bush Built

What dismantling 10 years of war in Afghanistan looks like.

Meghan Dhaliwal |

COLUMN

The Varnish of Vietnam

The United States still hasn't stopped trying to win unwinnable wars.

Gordon Adams |

COLUMN

The Footwear Doctrine

Grand strategy meets Timberlands.

Matt Bors |

THE MAGAZINE

Suicide Mission

Ty Carter fought in Afghanistan and became a hero. Now he has one more enemy to fight: PTSD.

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

Torpedoes Don't Kill People. Hanoi Kills People.

Why we shouldn't be selling arms to Vietnam.

John Sifton |

COLUMN

Ties That Bind

From Afghanistan to Mali to Iraq, training and equipping other countries' militaries has a terrible track record. Why would we want to make it a permanent part of U.S. strategy?

Gordon Adams |

Argument

We Have Much to Celebrate

Beijing's ambassador to the United States on how a strong and rising China is good for the world.

Cui Tiankai |

COLUMN

The Nation-Building Trap

When it comes to destroying the Islamic State in Syria, boots on the ground should be the least of our worries.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Rebel Yell

Syrian opposition forces, Obama's key to defeating the Islamic State, say the Pentagon isn't consulting them on airstrikes.

Shane Harris |

Argument

The Unaffordable Arsenal

The Obama administration is embarking on a multibillion-dollar nuclear spending spree. Problem is, none of it is necessary.

Tom Z. Collina |

COLUMN

Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

The 6 fictions we have to stop telling ourselves about Obama, the Islamic State, and what the United States can and can't do to save Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

Report

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Inside Syria

The Obama administration and an array of Arab allies have begun hitting dozens of Islamic States targets inside Syria, expanding an air campaign against what Washington sees as the most powerful Islamist militants in the world.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

Obama is sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to stop the deadly outbreak. But 250,000 people could already be infected by Christmas.

Laurie Garrett |

Christian Caryl

Scotland's Tricky Choice

Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

All Your Pivots Are Belong to Us

What America's halfhearted "rebalancing" to Asia must look like in Beijing.

Kori Schake |

Report

How Willing Is Obama's Coalition?

The president is desperate not to go it alone against the Islamic State, but he may not have any choice.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

These Boots Were Made for Fighting

The president is right to be wary of putting troops on the ground in Iraq. But he’s wrong to rule it out.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

Can Airstrikes Stop the Islamic State?

The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.

Chris Woods |

Argument

Unhappy Ending

The future is not bright for the leader of Thailand's coup.

Duncan McCargo |

Dispatch

Libya's New Power Brokers?

As Egypt and the UAE launch airstrikes on Tripoli, a cadre of politicians, militia leaders, and businessmen with links to both countries hopes to take advantage of a popular swell against Libya's Islamists.

Mary Fitzgerald |

Tea Leaf Nation

Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During Military Training -- at a Chinese High School

Chinese social media can't agree whether to blame an out-of-control military or spoiled youth.

Alexa Olesen |

COLUMN

Mission Leap

5 signs your "limited" Iraq intervention is spiraling out of control.

Micah Zenko |