Security

Argument

The Asia Pivot Needs a Firm Footing in the Middle East

Why Washington can't afford to neglect its friends in the Gulf.

Yousef Al Otaiba |

Argument

Russia's Window of Opportunity in Ukraine

If Putin wants to make a grab for Ukraine's east and south, he'll need to move soon.

Pavel Felgenhauer |

Argument

Getting to No

Why ensuring nuclear material doesn't end up in terrorists' hands should still be at the very top of President Obama's agenda.

Graham Allison |

Report

Move Over, Uranium, Now It's Time for Plutonium

Can the Nuclear Security Summit actually move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises?

Douglas Birch |

Report

Agent Provocateur

Meet the little-known senator who's waging war on the CIA.

John Hudson |

Argument

From Chess Player to Barroom Brawler

There's increasing evidence that Vladimir Putin is dangerously drunk on power -- and reckless.

Mark Galeotti |

Argument

Jumbo in the Jungle

Is Southeast Asia a haven for hijackers, pirates, and terrorists?

Murray Hiebert |

Argument

Sorry, Putin Isn't Crazy

Why Russians have good reason to suspect the West's motives in Ukraine.

Jeffrey Tayler |

Putinology

The Maidan's Fighters Stand Their Ground

The nationalist militias of Kiev are ready for a fight with Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Old Habits Die Hard

A crackdown on the press bodes ill for Burma's reforms.

Hanna Hindstrom |

Report

Market Correction

The Obama administration hoped global markets would punish Russia. It's not happening.

Elias Groll |

Dispatch

Crimea's War of Nerves

Vladimir Putin's forces in Crimea are trying to pick a fight. But the Ukrainians hunkered down in their bases have every interest in abstaining.

Askold Krushelnycky |

COLUMN

No Contest

Obama gambled that U.S. power would trump Russia's interests in Ukraine. He was wrong.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

The Secret of Political Jiu-Jitsu

How to "make oppression backfire" by peacefully leveraging the brutality of the oppressors.

Srdja Popovic |

Putinology

Kiev Envy

Pro-democracy protesters in Kiev are triumphant. In Moscow they're still taking it on the chin.

Anna Nemtsova |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Hackers may have snagged credit card #s from Pentagon employees

Budget day at the Pentagon; What is a "toggle?"; U.S. working to aid Ukraine; How fake poker chips could fell a naval officer; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Adiós, El Chapo

The good news is that Mexico's biggest drug kingpin has been arrested. The bad news is that it will trigger new violence on both sides of the border and do little to stem the flow of cocaine.

Douglas Farah |

Argument

When Is Negotiating Bad for Democracy?

Pakistan's efforts to talk with the Taliban are threatening to undermine the country's recent democratic gains.

Sheila Fruman |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

The Spendagon

The Men Who Really Run the Pentagon

Bob Gates wrestled the defense budget back from the Joint Chiefs. Chuck Hagel is handing it back.

Winslow Wheeler |

COLUMN

Warning: Winter Metaphor Alert!

How a foot of snow explains everything that's wrong with Washington, D.C. … and the world.

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

Any Way the Wind Blows

From drone strikes to Syria, the indecisive Obama administration thinks it can conduct foreign policy by floating trial balloons.

David Rothkopf |

Map Room

The Iraq War Never Ended

Mapping nearly 12 years of violence in 42 seconds shows that the war America started still rages on.

Jacopo Ottaviani |

Argument

The French Connection

Why it's time to build a new special relationship between Washington and Paris.    

James Stavridis |

Argument

War on Error

We're fighting al Qaeda like a terrorist group. They're fighting us as an army.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

An Edge in the Desert

A flood of new weapons -- from Iran to Saudi Arabia -- is dangerously changing the military dynamic in the Middle East.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Argument

Palestine's Peace Bomb

What will happen when one million refugees have the right to return -- to the West Bank?

Steven J. Rosen |

Argument

It’s Not About Trust

Why Russia's missile mischief shows that the United States needs to think differently about arms control.

Elbridge Colby |