Security

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 |

Argument

Intervention Escalation

Alleged chemical weapons use by Syria is pushing the United States into doing something. But Russia, China, and Iran might have something to say about that.

James F. Jeffrey |

Christian Caryl

Weren't Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?

Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

IED=WMD?

Why the Justice Department’s charge against the Boston bomber is ridiculous.

Timothy Noah |

The List

The Stories You Missed

What happened around the world while the world was watching Boston.

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

China's Victim Complex

Why are Chinese leaders so paranoid about the United States?

Ely Ratner |

Argument

Forget What You Think You Know

Would we even recognize an al Qaeda attack if we saw one?

Andrew Liepman |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

American values and interests are at stake in stopping the country's slow-motion destruction.

Dennis Ross |

Argument

Mostly Quiet on the Western Front

Why isn’t terrorism in the United States a whole lot more frequent?

David H. Schanzer |

Argument

A Few Bad Men

Why America doesn’t really have a terrorism problem.

Max Abrahms |

Argument

Stay the Hand of Vengeance

From Guantánamo to Boston, why Americans have a dangerous tendency to overreact to terrorism.

Bruce Weinstein |

Argument

Fault Lines, Not Red Lines

Why the earthquake near Iran's dated and unproven nuclear reactor at Bushehr should scare you.

Ali Vaez |

Argument

Welcome to the Islamic State of Syria

Al Qaeda makes it official: The terror group is trying to extend its medieval rule from Baghdad to Damascus.

Brian Fishman |

Feature

Syrian Spillover

An interactive map tracking the internationalization of Syria's civil war.

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

The North Korea Deal That Wasn't

I heard Pyongyang make a real offer -- but the Obama White House didn't even listen.

Joel Wit |

Think Again

Think Again: North Korea

North Korea is a lot more dangerous than you think, but that doesn't mean that Kim Jong Un is insane.

David Kang |

Argument

Demonstration Effect

Obama shows Netanyahu and Abbas -- and their people -- how it's done.

Warren Bass |

Argument

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 |

Transcript

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 |

Argument

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 |

Feature

‘Good Kills’

The bloody battle for the Diyala bridge.

Peter Maass |

Micah Zenko

God Bless Bob Woodward

In praise of investigative reporting.

Micah Zenko |

Feature

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 |