Terrorism

Argument

Goodbye to All That

If American nation-building is dead, what nation remains at home?

James Traub |

COLUMN

The True Forever War

Technology, not policy, will make it easier for U.S. leaders to kill people, blow things up, and disrupt computer networks around the world.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Still Unprotected

President Obama’s reforms at the NSA won’t protect Americans’ privacy from continued government intrusion.

Rand Paul |

Argument

I Spy

Welcome to the FBI's new mission.

David Gomez |

Argument

Breaking Syria's Reign of Terror

Are al Qaeda hard-liners finally on the run?

Hassan Hassan |

Argument

Inflection Point

To win back Fallujah, Nouri al-Maliki doesn't need to negotiate -- he needs to fight.

Douglas A. Ollivant |

COLUMN

We Can Handle the Truth

The CIA's excuses about torture just don't hold water.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Beirut’s Perfect Storm

Can anyone stop Lebanon's descent into chaos?

Patricio Asfura-Heim |

Argument

What Comes Around

Just another Yemeni drone strike on an American wedding...

Matt Bors |

EXCERPT

How Zionist Extremism Became British Spies’ Biggest Enemy

In World War II's aftermath, MI5 turned to fight a new threat. It wasn't the Soviets. It was bombers from Jerusalem.

Calder Walton |

Lab Report

Cleaning House in Kenya's Police Force

Why security sector reform in Kenya has been much more successful than you might think. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Alexander Noyes |

Micah Zenko

Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict

We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Stuck on a U.S. Government Blacklist?

Call Erich Ferrari, the lawyer who makes a living defending alleged drug kingpins and arms dealers.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Argument

Should You Be Allowed to Use Chemical Weapons in a Video Game?

Why the Geneva Convention doesn't work for Call of Duty.

Michael Peck |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Micah Zenko

Two Cheers For America's Restraint in the Drone War

If Washington launched targeted strikes everywhere its 'partners' asked it to, the war on terror would be totally out of control.

Micah Zenko |

Terms of Engagement

The Global War on Thinking Bad Thoughts

Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?

James Traub |

Dispatch

Russia's New Black Widows

The deadly and mysterious new breed of female suicide bomber.

Yulia Yuzik |

Feature

What Churchill Can Teach Us About the Coming Era of Lasers, Cyborgs, and Killer Drones

Or why the Pentagon needs to think big and look to the past in order to prepare for the chaotic technowars of the future.

P.W. Singer |

Report

The Price of War

A new report details the civilian costs of U.S. drone strikes -- and failures to compensate the families of victims. 

Letta Tayler |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Strings Attached

How politics and fear threaten a new global effort to combat terrorist recruitment.

Will McCants |

Terms of Engagement

Civil Surge

Can Syrian moderates prove they'd do a better job of governing liberated areas than the Islamist opposition?

James Traub |

By Other Means

Consider the Duck-Rabbit

How this Wittgenstein sketch explains the Somalia SEAL raid.

Rosa Brooks |

David Rothkopf

The Power Paradox

Why America can only be great by being unexceptional.

David Rothkopf |