How history, greed, and nepotism are preventing the continent from securing itself against al-Shabab, Boko Haram, and other threats.
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.
Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.
The two big things missing from Obama’s speech are the keys to working with foreign partners on massive global problems.
Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.
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.
The emerging-market darling is coming apart at the seams. And Boko Haram is just the beginning.
Vigilantes in the Philippines have killed kids, drug dealers, and petty thieves. The government that paid their salaries insists they don't exist.
As the Syrian war rages next door, an unlikely alliance between Hezbollah and the U.S.-funded Lebanese security forces is keeping the violence at bay.
Pyongyang's military is in decline? Think again. New satellite images show that nukes aren't the only thing on North Korea's mind these days.
Why the Russian president is turning to his fellow martial artists to staff an efficient and loyal security force.
The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.
Why Washington and Silicon Valley must work together to truly understand the world.
Burma's Rohingya minority could fall victim to full-scale genocide if the international community doesn't intervene.
Could anything have prevented the tragedy that is now befalling South Sudan?
What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and "Lone Survivor" teach us about the danger of refusing to confront futility in war.
With the country descending into chaos, President Goodluck Jonathan is running out of excuses and places to hide.
The four functions of China's top national security body.
The state isn't trying to use Boko Haram as a political tool -- it's just been totally useless in doing anything to defeat it.
On the streets of Eastern Ukraine, the droogs are loose and chaos reigns.
Why America's global dominance in military technology is starting to crumble.
Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.
Hagel's hotline to the Kremlin; Iraq's election today; Denny Blair debuts; Obama as Captain America; At the Pentagon, if it looks like an alligator… and a bit more.
The latest plans for the Pentagon's budget present an alternate reality.
Inside the secret Fed cybersecurity unit keeping trillions of dollars safe from hackers.