Cowboys vs. Kippot

The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.

Michael Peck |

David Barno

Silicon, Iron, and Shadow

Three wars that will define America's future.

David W. Barno |


The Secret Surge Debate

Behind closed doors, a newly revealed transcript shows, the Bush administration was much more deeply divided about the way forward in Iraq than it let on in public.

Michael R. Gordon |


Social Warfare

Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded -- they'll actually hurt national security.

Scott Atran |


‘Good Kills’

The bloody battle for the Diyala bridge.

Peter Maass |

Micah Zenko

God Bless Bob Woodward

In praise of investigative reporting.

Micah Zenko |


The Toppling

How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.

Peter Maass |

Rational Security

Smaller Is Smarter

Military drawdowns have driven innovation for millennia.

John Arquilla |


The Global Swarm

Drones are not only spreading to other countries, they're becoming smaller and smarter.

P.W. Singer |


The Empire Makes Nice

Is it time for a Venezuela reset?

Michael Shifter |


Wanted: Ph.D.s Who Can Win a Bar Fight

How to reform the Pentagon for "light footprint" interventions.

Fernando M. Luján |


Gray Matter

How to fight Chinese cyber attacks without starting a cold war.

Joel Brenner |


Lean Forward

Why there's finally cause for celebration this International Women's Day

Valerie M. Hudson |

Jeffrey Lewis

It's Not You, It's Me

America's nukes are designed to comfort us, not scare the enemy.

Jeffrey Lewis |


A Very Special Envoy

Why Obama should make Dennis Rodman his man in Pyongyang. Seriously.

Joel Wit |


Inside the Black Box

How the NSA is helping companies fight back against Chinese hackers.

Marc Ambinder |

Dept Of Secrets

A Clear View from Foggy Bottom

How State Department analysts  -- and no one else -- foresaw the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

William Burr |


Missing in Action

Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?

Mosharraf Zaidi |


Preventing the Next Mali

Why Washington can’t just sit by and let another full-fledged war break out in Sudan.

John Prendergast |


The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."

Vali Nasr |


What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?

We asked everyone from an ex-president of Pakistan to a former Afghan spy chief to weigh in.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


Mad Libs: War Edition

FP asked more than 70 top military thinkers to fill in the blanks on the world's global conflicts -- from the drone wars to the budget wars.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Slide Show

The FP Survey: The Future of War

FP polls the world's top military thinkers on everything from cyberwar to shrinking budgets.

Elias Groll |

David Rothkopf

Lessons Learned (and Not)

Seven things we've learned after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Rothkopf |

Think Again

Think Again: The Pentagon

The military's Chicken Littles want you to think the sky is falling. Don't believe them: America has never been safer.

Thomas P.M. Barnett |


Obama's Grand Strategy

America's relative decline means that defense and social spending will have to compete head to head, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


Give Us the Weapons We Need to Beat Assad

The chief of staff of the opposition Syrian Military Joint Command calls on the United States to provide arms, not just non-lethal aid.

Salim Idris |


It’s Not an Intifada

Palestinians aren't ready to rise up -- yet.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Reality Check

Tribes With Flags

How the Arab Spring has exposed the myth of Arab statehood.

Aaron David Miller |


Vote M for Murder

In Kenya, politics is simply the continuation of war, by other means.

James Verini |