National Security

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Obama, worse than Jimmy Carter on Syria?

China is having Internet problems; Veterans bill would restore COLA; How a little mistake cost a life; A short list for the Pentagon's policy job; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

NSA Surveillance Will Change. Just Not Very Much.

Seeking a middle ground on surveillance, Obama pleases few.

Shane Harris |

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 |

Report

Pennsylvania Avenue's Cold War

How a New Jersey Democrat became the White House's biggest foreign-policy foe.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

What Was Edward Snowden Doing in India?

And why was he taking "ethical hacking" classes there?

Shane Harris |

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 |

COLUMN

Making the Grade

Is there really a way to judge if a foreign policy is successful?

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

The Man of the Year

How can the biggest news story of 2013 be so overblown -- and so monumentally important -- at the same time?

James Traub |

Argument

The Panopticon Paradox

When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?

Emile Simpson |

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 |