Security

Investigation

The Cowboy of the NSA

Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.

Shane Harris |

Dispatch

Waiting for the Tomahawks

How do Syria’s rebels feel about a U.S. bombing campaign against Assad?

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

Pushed on the Bandwagon

Obama's Syria plan forced AIPAC's hand.

Steven J. Rosen |

Daniel Altman

Dollars, Not Bombs

Can we bribe our way to peace in Syria?

Daniel Altman |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Purge

After the fall of Bo Xilai, will the much more powerful Zhou Yongkang survive?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Subcontinental Drift

A slowing economy, an exploding submarine, corruption scandals -- what's happened to India?

Sumit Ganguly |

Case Studies

Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

How Africa’s tech leader made it from PDFs to paperless.

Rushda Majeed |

Argument

Spying Blind

The National Security Agency has an intelligence problem: It won’t admit how dumb it is. 

Shane Harris |

Dept Of Secrets

The Secret History of the U-2

A just-released CIA report pulls the covers off America's most famous spy plane -- and Area 51.

Jeffrey T. Richelson |

Dispatch

Sightseeing in Yemen's Droneland

For an infamous danger zone, Marib province is beautiful, ancient, and, at times, remarkably peaceful.

Adam Baron |

Slide Show

Don't Call it a Drone

From quadropods to robo-jeeps, photos of tomorrow's warbots.

John Reed |

Argument

The Cuban in the Desert

The secret blogger who explains al Qaeda's new strategy.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

David Rothkopf

The Real Risks

Prison breaks, the embassy shut down, and an al Qaeda comeback all reveal one thing: we're still handling the terror threat wrong.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How We Lost Yemen

The United States used the Pakistan playbook on Yemen's terrorists. It didn't work.

Gregory D. Johnsen |

Dispatch

The Great Escape

How al Qaeda broke hundreds of bad guys out of the world’s most notorious jail -- and what it means for America.

Raheem Salman |

Dispatch

Dorky Park

What’s an NSA geek to do with a year in Russia?

Shaun Walker |

David Rothkopf

Declaring an End to the Decade of Fear

With U.S. national security policy under review, Obama has a chance to cement his legacy for the better. But will he take it?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Breach or Debate

It's time for Congress to use its freedom of speech power to force the intelligence debate out into the open.

Bruce Ackerman |

Report

NSA Hype Machine

Is Edward Snowden exposing the NSA -- or just buying its sales pitch?

Shane Harris |

Argument

Out in the Open

Why America needs to declassify its foreign policy.

Sen. Bob Corker |

Argument

A Terrorist by Any Other Name

The E.U. finally decided to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Why won't the U.N.?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Argument

Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy

So why aren't hackers crashing the grid?

Thomas Rid |

Report

Breaking: Every Military Option in Syria Sucks

Intervention could cost a billion per month, top officer tells senators.

Gordon Lubold |

Christian Caryl

Mob Rule

Why organized crime is a growing force in world politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Willful Ignorants

Pakistan’s leaked bin Laden report proves that the country’s vaunted spy agency is either shockingly inept or duplicitous. Or both.

Umar Farooq |

Terms of Engagement

The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

An Independence Day oratory on America’s national security paranoia.

James Traub |

Argument

Susan Rice Finally Has Her Perfect Job: Head-Knocker in Chief

Obama's new national security advisor has sharp elbows, a tart tongue, and a taste for the shadows.

Colum Lynch |

Terms of Engagement

Squeal Like a Pig

Why Putin actually loves tweaking the United States over Edward Snowden, and why China’s too smart to bother.

James Traub |

Putinology

The No-Show

Edward Snowden missed the flight to Havana. I didn't.

Anna Nemtsova |