U.S. Foreign Policy

Argument

An Open Letter to the NSA

A former agency insider explains how the NSA must change in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations.

JOHN R. SCHINDLER |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

David Rothkopf

Mr. President, We Can Handle the Truth

Why it's time for the White House to get ahead of the NSA scandal.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How We Won in Iraq

And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are in grave danger of being lost today.

David H. Petraeus |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Black Navy

Tracking the Iranian-backed fleet that’s fueling the Assad regime.

Michael Weiss |

Report

Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Military Secrets?

Their tanks, missiles, and electronic warfare gear look an awful lot like ours.     

Gordon Lubold |

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 |

Argument

Assad's War of Starvation

The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.

John F. Kerry |

Reality Check

Empty Promises

Can Obama deliver on Israel and Iran -- or is he overreaching?

Aaron David Miller |

Micah Zenko

Estimated Recovery Time

Will the self-inflicted political wound of the U.S. government shutdown ever heal?

Micah Zenko |

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

High North or High Tension?

How to head off war in the last frontier on Earth.

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret) |

Argument

Rogue State

Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.

Uri Sadot |

Marc Lynch

Iraq's Moment to Rise or Burn

Baghdad could be the key to unlocking the region's worst conflicts -- if only it could get its own house in order.

Marc Lynch |

David Rothkopf

Sisyphus at the State Department

From Iran to Syria to Israel, can the United States keep pushing boulders up a hill?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Fire Next Time

Why another debt crisis would be a national security disaster.

Robert D. Hormats |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

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

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The End of OPEC

Forty years after the Arab oil embargo, new technologies are dramatically reshaping the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Amy Myers Jaffe |

Feature

The Empire Shuts Down

Helpful hints on what to do when The Force gets furloughed.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Peace Through Strength

How no-nonsense negotiations can prevent a war with Iran.

Sen. Rand Paul |

Profile

Sherman's March

Meet the social worker turned nuclear negotiator who's trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb.

Yochi Dreazen |

Jeffrey Lewis

Poison Control

Why can't we get rid of nukes the same way we got rid of chemical weapons?

Jeffrey Lewis |

The Pulse

Next Year in Jerusalem

Do American Jews think peace with Palestine is possible?

Bruce Stokes |

The List

Zero-Sum Enrichment

Six reasons why the United States can’t force Iran's nuclear hand.

Colin H. Kahl |

By Other Means

Consider the Duck-Rabbit

How this Wittgenstein sketch explains the Somalia SEAL raid.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Mind Your Own Business

Why America needs to fix its problems at home before messing around in Asia.

Shen Dingli |

Micah Zenko

The Known Unknowns of Counterterrorism Ops

When it comes to assessing the success of the war on terror, there's a lot we just don't know.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

Feature

Afghan Bloom

Can Afghanistan weather the storms after the U.S. withdrawal?

Mariam Ghani |