Security

Putinology

The Ukrainian President's Big Broken Promise

Why the Ukrainian leader's decision to backtrack on Europe could cost him his political career.

Anna Nemtsova |

Micah Zenko

Conflict Avoidance

President Obama's National Security Strategy aims to prevent the emergence of wars. So why won't the White House get behind its own strategy?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

A Deeper Shade of Orange

How the latest mass protests in Ukraine go beyond the revolution of 2004.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Ceasefire Capitalism

Why Burma's rebels have every reason to be suspicious of government emissaries talking peace.

Francis Wade |

Argument

Rider on the Storm

How Israel won the Arab Spring, and why a dangerous new instability threatens the entire region's geopolitical landscape.

Danny Danon |

Exclusive

Home Alone

With Keith Alexander out fighting fires, meet the woman who's really running the NSA.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Imitation Is the Securest Form of Flattery

Why China's powerful, new national defense posture looks so much like America's.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Our Last, Best Chance

If we can't ease sanctions in exchange for concessions, what was the point of pressuring Iran?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Now for the Hard Part

The Iran deal is a good first step. Let's see what happens next.

Matthew Kroenig |

Report

Unbroken Violence

A brutal militia has surrendered in Congo -- but is the war-torn country any safer?

Ida Sawyer |

Argument

No More Exemptions

Why Israel can no longer afford to rebuff global norms pertaining to weapons of mass destruction.

Avner Cohen |

Investigation

Meet the Spies Doing the NSA's Dirty Work

This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.

Shane Harris |

Dispatch

Doctor's Orders

How a neurosurgeon from Maryland cleaned up one of the most notoriously violent cities in Iraq.

Michael Knights |

Dispatch

The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

Gwen Robinson |

Exclusive

Stuxnet's Secret Twin

The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized.

Ralph Langner |

Exclusive

Spy Copters, Lasers, and Break-In Teams

How the FBI keeps watch on foreign diplomats.

Matthew M. Aid |

Argument

Keeping Up with the Karimovs

Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?

Andrew Stroehlein |

Terms of Engagement

Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

By Other Means

Privacy Is a Red Herring

The debate over NSA surveillance is about something else entirely.

Rosa Brooks |

Tea Leaf Nation

Crying Lone Wolf

After explosions in a provincial capital, Chinese debate whether anti-government violence is acceptable.

David Wertime |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Argument

An Open Letter to the NSA

A former agency insider explains how the NSA must change in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations.

JOHN R. SCHINDLER |

Dispatch

Cold Comfort

Tunisia's first suicide bomber in decades managed to kill only himself. But that's little consolation to a people who are fighting to keep their transition on track.

Asma Ghribi |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

EXCERPT

How the Beirut Bombing Spawned the Modern Surveillance State

A 1983 terror attack caught the U.S. with its eyes closed. It swore to keep watching and watching and watching.

Shane Harris |

Feature

One Starship to Rule Them All

What can we learn from the ultimate sci-fi geek chart of warships?

Michael Peck |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Ash Carter Tells Pentagon Boss, 'It's Time for Me to Go'

Flournoy, Kendall are seen as leading successors.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

NSA Veterans: The White House Is Hanging Us Out to Dry

'There has been no support for the agency from the President, and this has not gone unnoticed.'

Shane Harris |