Iraq

Argument

Awakening the Demons

There is no Arab Spring coming to Iraq. But sectarian protests could tear this fragile country apart.

David Alpher |

Transcript

To COIN or Not?

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Transcript

Ends and Means

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Slide Show

Inside the Pentagon on 9/11

McLaughlin's minute-by-minute account of the terrorist attack in Washington.

Tim McLaughlin |

Slide Show

Kill Lists and Victoria's Secret

A Marine's candid, and often funny, reflections on life during wartime.  — The Iraq War Diaries of Lt. Tim McLaughlin

Slide Show |

Slide Show

Tearing Down Saddam

'This place is pandemonium.'  — The Iraq War Diaries of Lt. Tim McLaughlin

Slide Show |

Backstory

A Personal History, An American History

How one Marine's diary helps us understand the Iraq war.

Peter Maass |

Feature

‘Good Kills’

The bloody battle for the Diyala bridge.

Peter Maass |

Feature

My Handwritten War

An eyewitness to history, from the 9/11 attacks to the toppling of Saddam.

Tim McLaughlin |

Argument

Learning Curve

'Never Again' is the wrong lesson to draw from the Iraq war.

James Dobbins |

Feature

The Toppling

How the media inflated a minor moment in a long war.

Peter Maass |

Dispatch

Pressed

The propaganda war in Kuwait.

Peter Maass |

Feature

The Rough Guide to Iraq

A journalist's strange journey on the road to Baghdad.

Peter Maass |

Feature

The Iraq War That Might Have Been

Ten years on, newly published secret documents shed new light on potential turning points the United States missed.

Michael R. Gordon |

Terms of Engagement

How Not to Repair a Broken Pot

The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.

James Traub |

Argument

Why Being So Right Feels So Bad

Why did it take the State Department 10 years and billions of dollars to figure out that Iraq reconstruction was a massive failure?

Peter Van Buren |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Battle-Tested

Insiders debate America's misfires in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

David Rothkopf

Lessons Learned (and Not)

Seven things we've learned after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Rothkopf |

The List

Innocents Abroad

When celebrities do diplomacy.

Colin Daileda |

Argument

How Not to Withdraw from Afghanistan

Lessons from America's other war.

Jim McDermott |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

We Shall Return

Don't be too sure there won't be another U.S. war in the Middle East.

Richard L. Russell |

David Rothkopf

Size Matters

The miniaturization of U.S. foreign policy.

David Rothkopf |

The List

Combat Roles

Women have been fighting and dying in America’s wars for years. Here are eight who were killed in action last year.

Joshua E. Keating |

Rational Security

For Defense, Less Beef, More Chuck

Why Hagel's critics need to turn down the heat.

John Arquilla |

Terms of Engagement

Exit, Minus Strategy

Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?

James Traub |

David Barno

A 'Zero Option' for Afghanistan

Yes, President Karzai, we might pull out completely.

David W. Barno |

The List

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

From Turkey to Congo, next year's wars threaten global stability.

Louise Arbour |