Security

COLUMN

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

Dispatch

The Only Sultan I've Ever Known

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the man who built modern, moderate Oman, may be on his deathbed. Omanis hope for the best and fear what could come next.

Vivian Nereim |

Argument

Jerusalem, on a Knife's Edge

Stabbing attacks and random acts of Palestinian terror have brought the violence in Gaza and the West Bank into the heart of Israel.

Jonathan Schanzer |

COLUMN

The Big Counterterrorism Counterfactual

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism? 

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

Erdogan's Unsung Victory

Turkey's strongman has broken the power of the military. Could that ensure the long-term victory of democracy?

Nick Danforth |

Argument

Beijing, We Have a Problem

Is India surpassing China in Asia's space race?

Kim Wall |

Interview

Exit Interview: William J. Burns

The retiring deputy secretary of state sounds off on Putin's strategic weakness, the neglected continent to the south, and the state of American power.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

The Regretful Jihadists of the Islamic State

The West is terrified of foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria. But not all of them are trying to bring jihad with them.

Leela Jacinto |

COLUMN

How to Shut Down a Country and Kill a Disease

China’s response to SARS a decade ago was effective but brutal. Is there a better way to stop the spread of Ebola?

Laurie Garrett |

COLUMN

How to Salvage France's Mistral Shipwreck

Selling warships to Russia doesn't seem like a great idea right now. But there's someone else that could buy them -- and make it a win-win for European security.

James Stavridis |

COLUMN

Much Ado About the Islamic State

Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

Who's Running This Joint, Anyway?

Two governments are competing to rule Libya -- but it may be the militias that wield the real power.

Mary Fitzgerald |

Dispatch

From Outcasts to Kingmakers

The improbable tale of how the Houthis seized control of Yemen's revolution.

Peter Salisbury |

Argument

We Have Much to Celebrate

Beijing's ambassador to the United States on how a strong and rising China is good for the world.

Cui Tiankai |

Argument

Putin's Cyberphobia

Afraid for his hold on power, Putin is cracking down on Internet freedom with a flurry of new laws.

Emily Parker |

Argument

Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

Argument

All the Ayatollah's Men

Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming as great a danger as the Islamic State.

Phillip Smyth |

Argument

Why the Pentagon Should Care About Scotland's Referendum

Scottish independence won't just be bad for the Scots. It will be a disaster for U.S. foreign policy from Syria to the Arctic Circle.

Emma Ashford |

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Sharks in the Desert

President Obama means well. But the Middle East is where America's good intentions go to die.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

There Goes the Neighborhood

Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad.

Andrew Tabler |

Argument

A United Front

Only a strong NATO can stop Putin, and only America can rally NATO.

Madeleine Albright |

Argument

Back to the Trenches

After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.

Ken Opalo |

Argument

The Syrian Enemy of My Syrian Enemy

How the threat of the Islamic State could bring together the country's warring factions -- if only Barack Obama is willing to seize the opportunity.

Hassan Hassan |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Most Popular Government Feed

China's anti-vice campagin does clickbait on social media better than you think.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

Groundhog Day and Putin the Predator

We know Vladimir Putin's playbook for destabilizing Ukraine. Which is why only a decisive military victory against Moscow's forces will work.

Mikheil Saakashvili |

Argument

Mowing the Grass and Taking Out the Trash

Israel doesn't want to wipe out Hamas, and putting it in a corner will only backfire.

Daniel Byman |