Military

Argument

Don't Poke the Russian Bear

Putin is a bully but he’s not insane, and escalating a conflict with Moscow can only make things worse.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

The Guns of August in the East China Sea

Dark echoes of world war lurk in Asia's dangerous, contested waters.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: SEALs board a tanker

Hagel considers non-lethal aide to Ukraine, but the Pentagon's options are limited; Terrain masking: Did Flight 370 fly at 5,000 feet? Clancy predicted Crimea; Sinclair to plead guilty to lesser charges; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

There's increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power -- and reckless.

Mark Galeotti |

Argument

The Missing Piece in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Peace

Much has gone right in Afghanistan. It’s more secure, stable, and even optimistic. But there's one final tweak needed before America says goodbye.

James Stavridis |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Students clash with security forces in Venezuela; armed men stand guard in Crimea; and London's Royal Opera House hosts a 400-person yoga class.

FP Staff |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: The mystery over Flight 370 darkens

U.S. sends rations to Ukraine, not weaponry; Fewer $$ means more drugs, less effort; What spit-shined shoes and the Pentagon briefing room have in common; and a bit more. 

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Is Israel About to Invade Gaza Again?

As rockets and threats fly fast and furious, a familiar tension builds in the Middle East.

Amos Harel |

Argument

Why Ukraine Should Risk It All

Forget Crimea. Kiev needs to hold a referendum on secession in all its southeastern provinces.

Alexander Motyl |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: FP's exclusive story of a Pave Hawk crash in Japan

Dunford, on the perils of leaving Afghanistan; How the Sinclair case fell apart; The irony of the missile launch officer community; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Exclusive: Inside the Fiery Crash of Jolly 12

When an elite Air Force helicopter rescue crew plummeted into a Japanese forest, it didn't just kill an airman and spark an inferno -- it stirred up a diplomatic hornet’s nest for the U.S.

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: A team player accuses the CIA of eavesdropping on Congress

What a murder in Kabul says about Western security there; For real: a picture of hunger in Syria; Dunford to testify; A defense contractor trades secrets with Chinese girlfriend; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Chaos in Ukraine

Terrorism theory in Malaysia Airlines crash disintegrates; Rock bottom: the relationship between the CIA and the Senate; Sinclair may now get a plea deal; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: The mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet

Ukraine leader to meet Obama; Gates: Russia won't loosen its grip on Crimea; Forbidden love in Afghanistan; McCaskill's meaty sexual assault bill; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

The Black Box of China’s Military

Beijing is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, but no one quite knows what they're up to.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

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 |