Security

Interview

'We Face a Very Serious Chinese Military Threat'

Japan's former defense minister talks to FP about cyberattacks, the East China Sea face-off, and whether North Korea's Kim Jong Un is a puppet dictator.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

How Dangerous Is a Terrorist with a Twitter Handle?

There's an effort afoot in Congress to kick terrorists off Twitter. But the government's spies aren't so sure.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Syria Is Now Saudi Arabia's Problem

The battle for a town on the Lebanese border marks the kingdom's first attempt to lead Syria's fractured opposition.

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls…

… and why you (probably) shouldn't worry about it.

Stewart Baker |

Case Studies

Liberia Leans In

In a country where rape has been used as a weapon of war, reformers are making special efforts to turn women into cops.

Laura Bacon |

Reality Check

They're the Deciders

Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.

Aaron David Miller |

Feature

The Wild West in East Africa

What do a handful of South African mercenaries do for an encore in Somalia, once all the pirates are gone?

James Bridger |

Argument

The Price of Peace

How much is a U.N. blue helmet actually worth?

David Bosco |

Reality Check

Speak No Evil

Why Obama shouldn't have given that big drone speech.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Revenge Landmines of the Arab Spring

In the mountains of Yemen, a strange and deadly face-off between elite soldiers and rebellious villagers could have big international consequences.

Joe Sheffer |

Terms of Engagement

The Indispensable Nation's Indispensable Weapon

Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.

James Traub |

Marc Lynch

The War for the Arab World

Sunni-Shiite hatreds are the least of the Middle East's problems -- it's the struggle within the Sunni world that will define the region for years to come.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Too Fast, Too Soon

Why Obama's embrace of Myanmar is putting the cart before the horse.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

The Show Trial State

Why Russia's ludicrous attempt to silence Alexey Navalny is a throwback to the bad old times of Stalin and Khrushchev.

Nina Khrushcheva |

Putinology

The 'Cold Peace' Between Moscow and Washington Just Got Colder

The arrest of the alleged CIA agent in Moscow looks like a joke. But it actually illustrates just how tense U.S.-Russian relations have become.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

Out With It

Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.

James Traub |

Think Again

Think Again: Big Data

Why the rise of machines isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Kate Crawford |

Argument

It's Time for Burma's President to Act

The civil war in Burma goes on. But the government seems powerless to stop it.

David Scott Mathieson |

Argument

Israel’s Three Gambles

Can Israel get away with its attacks on the Syrian regime?

Daniel Byman |

Dispatch

Beirut's Bastille

The free-for-all inside Lebanon's most notorious prison.

Sulome Anderson |

Slide Show

Battleground State

Photos of the country that was supposed to be the poster child for the war on drugs.

Slide Show |

Interview

'The Law of Politics' According to Sergei Lavrov

An exclusive interview with Russia's top diplomat.

Susan B. Glasser |

Feature

The Driver

An exclusive look inside the mysterious death and life of the world's most dangerous terrorist not named Osama bin Laden.

Mark Perry |

Feature

Xi's War Drums

China's new leader is using the military to consolidate his power. But has he unleashed forces beyond his control?

John Garnaut |

The List

1 Pentagon Weapons System That Was on Time and Under Budget

Look on the bright side: It could have been 0.

John Reed |

In Box

Hacktivism: A Short History

How self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom. 

Ty McCormick |

Letters

Storming the Hill

Thomas P.M. Barnett lets the White House off the hook for the Pentagon's dysfunction.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Dispatch

Conversations with the General

Talking to Syria’s rebel leader about chemical weapons, jihadi rebels, and the day after Assad falls.

Afsin Yurdakul |

Argument

The Safe Haven Next Door

Somaliland was once part of chaotic Somalia. Today it's a thriving oasis of peace.

Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo |

Argument

Why the Sheikhs Will Fall

The Gulf monarchies were once thought immune to the uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Not anymore.

Christopher M. Davidson |