Military

Dispatch

The Ghosts of Benghazi

Did the killing of the U.S. ambassador a year ago cast a curse on the city he loved?

Christopher Stephen |

Argument

Step Up in Syria, Mr. President

It's not just about chemical weapons -- it's about stopping a brutal dictator's war.

Fuad Siniora |

Dispatch

The Hunted

As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.

Bel Trew |

Reality Check

Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria?

The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.

Aaron David Miller |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

Gordon Adams

This Is Not a Horror Story

Why you shouldn't worry about the Pentagon cutting personnel.

Gordon Adams |

Investigation

A Death in the Family

USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Adrift in a Zéro-Polaire World

France's president was quick to promise military intervention in Syria. But will his country follow him into the fray?

Robert Zaretsky |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Gordon Adams

Intervention on the Cheap

Lawmakers trying to tie Syria to sequestration don't seem to realize we've already paid for this war.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Did Obama Administration Leaks Already Spoil the Syria Attack?

Former top officers are baffled by Washington's telegraphing of its strike on Assad.

Yochi Dreazen |

Rebuttal

The U.S. Isn't Trying to Contain China…

...and China's neighbors don't want it to anyway.

Phillip C. Saunders |

Terms of Engagement

Last Hope

The one place the Arab Spring hasn't gone to hell.

James Traub |

Rational Security

Outfoxing Beats Outgunning

What we can learn from one of the most brilliant deceptions of World War II.

John Arquilla |

Report

Two's a Crowd at the Pentagon

Is the Defense Department big enough for Chuck Hagel and his deputy?

Gordon Lubold |

By Other Means

A Model of American Opacity

How Obama's drone war echoes Egypt's military crackdown.

Rosa Brooks |

Gordon Adams

Return of the Precipice

Raising the curtain on this fall's fight over the defense budget.

Gordon Adams |

Slide Show

Don't Call it a Drone

From quadropods to robo-jeeps, photos of tomorrow's warbots.

John Reed |

Christian Caryl

Islands in the Desert

The problem, and the promise, of Libya's new city-states.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The 15,000 Troop Option

Plotting the course for post-2014 Afghanistan.

James Stavridis |

Rational Security

Last War Standing

Why preemption is the only thing that can keep America safe.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

Zintan Versus the World

Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Nuke the Budget

Why are nuclear weapons off the budget negotiating table? They're where we should start.

Tom Z. Collina |

By Other Means

Women Are from Mars Too

Why more female leaders won't mean less war.

Rosa Brooks |

Investigation

Inside Yemen's Shadow War Arsenal

The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions fighting Yemen's terrorists. What did it buy, really?

Gordon Lubold |

Micah Zenko

Walking Loudly and Carrying a Big Stick

Why women are less inclined to start wars.

Micah Zenko |

Gordon Adams

The Shoots of Hope Spring Eternal

But when it comes to the federal budget, are they weeds?

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Green Water

Can the U.S. Navy win the eco-arms race?

Ray Mabus |

Argument

How We Lost Yemen

The United States used the Pakistan playbook on Yemen's terrorists. It didn't work.

Gregory D. Johnsen |