War

Dispatch

In Congo, a Disabled Peace

Security is improving in the eastern part of the country -- so why are many refugees worse off than before?

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

It's Not the Guns of August -- It's the Trenches of October

100 years later, we still spend too much time talking about how World War I started. The real lessons are in why it lasted so long. 

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Too Big to Fall

Aleppo was the Syrian rebels’ first big prize. If Assad retakes it, is the war as good as over?

Hassan Hassan |

Slide Show

Burying the Taliban

In a hillside cemetery in southern Kabul, gravediggers lay unknown militants to rest.

Andrew Quilty |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

100 Days of Violence, Rumors, and Loss

Since Boko Haram seized the girls of Chibok, Nigeria has racked up the world’s highest terrorism fatality rate -- and the country is beset by nasty conspiracy theories about who is to blame.

Andrew Walker |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The aftermath of the MH17 shoot-down; violence in Gaza continues; and Hindus celebrate in India.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Bend of Power

How the U.S. military can overcome the challenges of complexity in a rapidly changing world.

Martin E. Dempsey |

Dispatch

Myanmar's Last Front

As the conflict in Kachin state wages on, civilians remain caught in the crossfire.

Philip Heijmans |

Argument

The Transformation of Shimon Peres

How the last of Israel's founding fathers went from "Mr. Security" to become his country's most prominent dove.

Yossi Beilin |

Argument

An Eye for a Tooth

Israel's problem with deterrence.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

An MH17 Investigation Is Not a Substitute for Action

A lengthy, thorough inquiry into the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down is an absolute necessity -- and could be exactly what Putin wants.

Mark Galeotti |

Interview

A Time of Unprecedented Instability?

A conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski on today's worldwide turmoil, overstating Iran's near-term nuclear threat, and why a return to global order may rest on the relationship between the United States and China.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

MH17 shot down in Ukraine; Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza; and the island of Tenerife, Spain celebrates the patron saint of fishermen.

FP Staff |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

A mass burial in Srebrenica; bombings rock Syria; and the bulls run in Pamplona.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Will Congo's Rebels Finally Come in From the Cold?

The DRC's most notorious outlaws may finally be ready to end their 20-year war of rape and plunder.

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

@ISIS Is #Winning

Why is a barbaric medieval caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

Kori Schake |

Report

Losing the Lonely War

Suicide is becoming a crisis among people affected by Syria's protracted civil war -- and no one is talking about it.

Lauren Wolfe |

Argument

The Build-It-Yourself Bombs

Cheap, deadly, and not stopping anytime soon, barrel bombs are the weapon of choice for dictators from Sudan to Syria.

Torie Rose DeGhett |

COLUMN

The Real Red Line in the Middle East

If ISIS attacks Jordan, neither the United States nor Israel will be able to stay out of the fray.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

How to Celebrate a War's Beginning

While Bosnia welcomed EU dignitaries for the official WWI centennial, protesters donned masks of assassin Gavrilo Princip and Serbs erected a statue in his honor.

Valerie Hopkins |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The 2014 FIFA World Cup causes celebration and protests; Iraqi refugee camps swell with families after the fall of Mosul; and people all over the world enjoy the summer heat.

FP Staff |

Putinology

More Reporters Die in Eastern Ukraine

Should journalists killed in action be mourned less because they were working for the Kremlin?

Anna Nemtsova |

Review

You Can’t Handle The Truth

Sebastian Junger’s new documentary shows war as it really is: mundane and hero-less. Will anyone want to watch it?

Alex Horton |

Argument

There Is No al-Sham

Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed.

Nick Danforth |

COLUMN

The Ghosts of Religious Wars Past Are Rattling in Iraq

How the lessons of the European wars of the Reformation -- hundreds of years old -- can help stave off the lethal mix of religious radicalization and politics.

James Stavridis |

Dispatch

The Kurdish Are Coming

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters honed their skills fighting for independence from Iraq. Now they are the front line against ISIS.

Mohammed A. Salih |

Argument

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran

Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East.

Simon Henderson |