Security

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 |

Argument

'You Can't Eat Sharia'

Egypt is on the brink -- not of something better than the old Mubarak dictatorship, but of something even worse.

Mohamed ElBaradei |

David Rothkopf

Leaning Away

Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

The Syrian Supply Chain

Can Turkey arm Syria’s rebels without reaping Assad's blowback?

Justin Vela |

Interview

'Don't Try to Convince Yourself That You're in Control'

Afghan lessons for arming the Syrian rebels from the CIA's mujahideen point man.

Joshua E. Keating |

Terms of Engagement

Is Doing Something in Syria Better than Nothing?

Why Obama’s small plan to send small arms to the Syrian rebels might fail on all counts.

James Traub |

Argument

America: Choosing Security Over Liberty Since 1798

Sorry, Edward Snowden -- the United States has a long, dubious history of putting national security before people's freedoms.  

Hayes Brown |

Argument

Oversight Now

Why Congress needs to go big -- and restrict the power of a runaway executive branch.

Bruce Ackerman |

David Rothkopf

Control+Freedom+Delete

Do Americans realize their privacy rights have been obliterated?

David Rothkopf |

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 |