Security

COLUMN

Enough With the Chicken Littles

The sky is not falling, but you wouldn't know that from reading the news of the world.

Micah Zenko |

THE MAGAZINE

The Social Laboratory

Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.

Shane Harris |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Exclusive

The NSA's Cyber-King Goes Corporate

Here's why Keith Alexander thinks he's worth a million dollars a month.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Keep Your Eye on Beijing

While the world focuses on the Middle East and Ukraine, China's neighbors worry about the fallout of brewing tensions along its borders. And so should we.

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

How to Isolate Allies and Reward Enemies

By cutting Israel off from the world for 36 hours, the FAA and the White House gave Hamas exactly what it wanted.

Douglas J. Feith |

Argument

First Gaza, Then the West Bank

Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in Judea and Samaria.

Danny Danon |

Putinology

The Forgotten Victims of the War in Ukraine

We're right to mourn the dead of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But that doesn't mean we should forget the others whose lives are being forever altered by the war.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

COLUMN

Russia Is Firing Missiles at Ukraine

As the U.S. slaps additional sanctions on Moscow and Donetsk separatists, new evidence emerges that short-range rockets are being launched from Russia into Ukraine.

Michael Weiss |

Slide Show

Kabul's Panopticon

Inside the high-tech command center where one of Afghanistan’s most popular cops is trying to keep the city safe from the Taliban.

Deni Béchard |

Report

Government Set to Continue Backing Terrorism Insurance

A post-9/11 program meant to be temporary is likely to be renewed until at least 2019.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Think Again: NATO

Why Europeans can defend themselves, but won't until Washington makes them.

Justin Logan |

Argument

How Maliki Ruined Iraq

Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.

Zaid Al-Ali |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

In Yemen, A Revolution in Reverse

A fuel crisis prompts worries that the old regime is exploiting instability to bring itself back to power.

Peter Salisbury |

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins a Battle in the East

How Ukrainian forces took back a town controlled by pro-Russian separatists -- and scored a major victory for their country's morale.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Pivot to Persia

Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now.

Trita Parsi |

Argument

Learning from Crimea

Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.

Lincoln Mitchell |

Argument

The Rouhani Paradox

Iran's president came to office promising liberalization and a better relationship with the West. But can he really have both?

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs

After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem.

Oliver Kaplan |

Argument

Necessary Roughness

Enough with Obama's "don't do stupid sh*t" policy. Only U.S. airstrikes can save Iraq from collapse.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

Thailand Needs to Talk

The latest military coup in Thailand won't ensure real stability unless the country's new rulers address the deeper causes of political conflict.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |

COLUMN

Why Are Africa's Militaries So Disappointingly Bad?

How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats.

Michela Wrong |

Lab Report

Embracing Enemies in Tunisia

Tunisia's main political forces have agreed on a deal to shore up the political middle and undermine extremists. That could be a crucial milestone on the path to democracy. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Oussama Romdhani |

Argument

What Strongmen Have to Fear

Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor |

COLUMN

What the President Meant to Say…

The two big things missing from Obama’s speech are the keys to working with foreign partners on massive global problems.

James Stavridis |

Argument

A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine

Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.

Erica Chenoweth |

Argument

What Obama Should Say at West Point, But Won't

The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.

Stephen Walt |