Military

Argument

Putin's Reich

The dark echoes of ethnic nationalism in Russia's lost empire.

Michael Moran |

COLUMN

Red Sea Déjà Vu

Israel's seizure of an Iranian cargo ship carrying weapons this week should be a wake-up call. It's the same, old bad behavior.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

The Battle for Lviv

I invaded Ukraine, and it ended in stalemate. Maybe someone should tell Putin.

Michael Peck |

COLUMN

The Forgotten War

How Obama can salvage the fight he's losing in Afghanistan.    

Kori Schake |

Report

Front to Back

The most powerful rebel alliance in Syria -- the Islamic Front -- is on the verge of collapse.

Hassan Hassan |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. suspends mil relationship with Russia

Budget day at the Pentagon; Ukrainians are tough but undermanned and underfunded; Spies, lies and rape: the story of an undercover airman; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Obama's big test in Crimea

Mike Morell: Putin only understands 'tough'; Stavridis' 10 ideas on crisis; Karzai in the WaPo: angry; The LCS and the fog of (budget) war; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Christian Caryl

Rescue Me!

Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

NATO Needs to Move Now on Crimea

Action may provoke -- but so does doing nothing.

James Stavridis |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Is Chuck Hagel's un-honeymoon over?

A power grab in Crimea; State's new HR report is out; Washington's strange alliance with Qatar; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Tarnished Brass

The top Marine Corps general is unpopular with his troops, damaged on Capitol Hill, and under investigation in the Pentagon. Can he really still lead?

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Odierno, an unlikely pitchman to cut the Army

Pakistan mounts a push in Waziristan; McCain puts holds on Work, Wormuth noms; SEAL vets done in by boredom; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Hackers may have snagged credit card #s from Pentagon employees

Budget day at the Pentagon; What is a "toggle?"; U.S. working to aid Ukraine; How fake poker chips could fell a naval officer; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Where's the Navy's CHINFO?

Wheels up for Hagel; The Budget, the Day After; Wall Street had its own @natsecwonk; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Pre budget, loose lips at the Pentagon

The head of the military commission speaks; Cracks in the Marine's JSF; An Afghan veteran channels George's "Twix Rage"; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

'Definitely Going to Blow'

Is Africa's hermit kingdom heading toward a military coup?

Michela Wrong |

COLUMN

Any Way the Wind Blows

From drone strikes to Syria, the indecisive Obama administration thinks it can conduct foreign policy by floating trial balloons.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Unmanned Surge

Getting America back to work … in Afghanistan.

Matt Bors |

Argument

We Did Not 'Lose' Iraq

But it is America's job to help Baghdad beat back the new threat from al Qaeda.

James Jeffrey |

Map Room

The Iraq War Never Ended

Mapping nearly 12 years of violence in 42 seconds shows that the war America started still rages on.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Argument

The French Connection

Why it's time to build a new special relationship between Washington and Paris.    

James Stavridis |

Argument

War on Error

We're fighting al Qaeda like a terrorist group. They're fighting us as an army.

J.M. Berger |

By Other Means

Fighting Words

Has the nature of "war" changed since the days of Clausewitz?

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

The Cost of Growing Older

Why paying for an aging population may force the United States -- and its allies -- to cut back on military spending.

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

Bad Bud

Did the military violate its own rules by getting in bed with Budweiser during the Super Bowl?

Phillip Carter |

Argument

An Edge in the Desert

A flood of new weapons -- from Iran to Saudi Arabia -- is dangerously changing the military dynamic in the Middle East.

Jonathan Schanzer |

COLUMN

The Top 10 Mistakes Made in the Afghan War

From Tora Bora to wartime fatigue, the U.S. legacy in Afghanistan was just one failed endeavor after another.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

It’s Not About Trust

Why Russia's missile mischief shows that the United States needs to think differently about arms control.

Elbridge Colby |

Argument

The Arms Race Goes Hypersonic

Why China's new ultrafast missile has Moscow and Washington scrambling.

James M. Acton |