Military

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 |

COLUMN

Why Did Saudi Arabia Buy Chinese Missiles?

The real question is why are we only hearing about it now.

Jeffrey Lewis |

COLUMN

Deferring the Inevitable

Political and piecemeal Pentagon budget cuts can't hide the fact that there's no strategy behind the sequester drawdown.

Gordon Adams |

Dispatch

The General Rises

Egypt’s new Field Marshal-in-chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, looks ready to seize the presidency. But is it more than he can handle?

Gregg Carlstrom |

In Box

Lethal Autonomy: A Short History

How killer robots became more than just scary science fiction.

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

Head in the Sand

How many more tell-all memoirs will it take for the president to admit that it's not working?

Rosa Brooks |

Report

America's Emaciated Army

The U.S. military is slated to shed 150,000 soldiers. Can it still go to war with so few?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Uniform Fix

Why putting more military veterans on Capitol Hill won't end Washington's rampant partisanship.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Undercover from Overhead in North Korea

Why satellite images -- not smuggled videos -- reveal the real dangers lurking inside Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hermit kingdom.

Joel S. Wit |

Gordon Adams

Echoes of 1914

A strange, dangerous, and oddly familiar era -- of declining American power, global rebalancing, and profound inequality -- is upon us.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Did Bob Gates' New Book Just Trash His Golden Reputation?

The former Secdef was known for quiet loyalty –- until a tell-all unloaded on his old bosses.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Ace of Base

Can Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally close down a problematic U.S. air station in Okinawa?

Trefor Moss |

Argument

Death to the Republic

Did François Hollande single-handedly kill the state Charles de Gaulle made?

Robert Zaretsky |

Slide Show

The Best of the Best

Exceptional military photos from 2013.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

How to Crush Low-Hanging Fruit

Beset by terrorism, Egypt's military government is blaming everything on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gregg Carlstrom |

The List

Next Year’s Wars

From Sochi to Sudan, 10 conflicts that will threaten global stability in 2014.

Louise Arbour |

COLUMN

The Year of Living Hegemonically

How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?

Daniel W. Drezner |

COLUMN

All Gats Go to Heaven

Mikhail Kalashnikov at the Pearly Gates.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

Northern Fights

Why is Canada naming its warships after U.S. defeats?

Michael Peck |

Argument

The Future of the Military is Robots Building Robots

Why tomorrow's arsenal can't be created with the tools of the past.

Aaron Martin |

Dispatch

'The Power Struggle Was Only Beginning'

In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?

Andrew Green |

Marc Lynch

The Political Science of Syria's War

From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.

Marc Lynch |

The List

Spycrash

5 CIA operations that went south -- spectacularly.

David Kenner |

Argument

China's Backdoor Breakout

As China flexes its muscles in Central Asia, will the United States have any influence after it leaves Afghanistan?

Richard Boucher |

Argument

Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire

What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks.

Eliot Higgins |

In Box

Epiphanies from Leon Panetta

The spy chief who nailed Osama bin Laden reflects on Syria, Iran, and the most dysfunctional U.S. Congress in recent memory. 

Ty McCormick |