National Security

COLUMN

Obama and the Never-Ending War

By limiting U.S. goals in Iraq and Syria, the president makes less likely the exit he so desperately wants.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Send in the Guerrillas

In a world where our enemies don't wear uniforms, our allies don't have to, either.

Whitney Kassel |

COLUMN

NATO Owes Putin a Big Thank-You

Russia's aggression in Ukraine is making it easier for the bloated, aging alliance to pretend that it still matters.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

While John Kerry Is on a Plane…

There's a gaping hole at the State Department that needs fixing. Here's how to do it.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

A Little Hit and a Big Miss

Don't be fooled by a minor success. America's interceptor missile-defense system is still a failed $40 billion boondoggle.

Tom Z. Collina |

Report

The Bergdahl Bargain Was Just the Beginning

Obama swapped five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. What will he trade for the three other Americans being held in Afghanistan?

Gordon Lubold |

Report

With Shinseki Out, Who Will Obama Tap Next to Lead the Department of Veterans Affairs?

The next VA Secretary will need to press reset on an entrenched bureaucracy with surging demand.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Our Spying Is Better Than Your Spying

The Obama administration is drawing a line between stealing the secrets of companies and nations.

Shane Harris |

Report

Heads Won’t Roll

Obama’s talking tough about the VA scandal, so why isn’t he firing anyone?

Gordon Lubold |

Feature

Reading Between the Targeted Killings

Richard Clarke's new thriller about the U.S. drone program hits surprisingly close to home. But is the administration insider a critic of Obama's war on terror?

J. Dana Stuster |