Special Report

War Issue

War Issue

War, as Clausewitz so memorably put it, is the continuation of politics by other means. Strikingly, the United States under its Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has been pursuing war itself by other means over the last few years, a campaign that has blurred the lines of legality and lethality, technology and weaponry, as it has spread from Afghanistan to an ever-widening swath of the planet. Which is why we’ve devoted this, our third annual War Issue, to the question of Barack Obama’s Secret Wars. From drones that rain death down on Pakistan’s tribal areas to the collateral damage of a “war on terror” that’s still not over in the Horn of Africa, we may all come to look back on the Obama years as a definitive chapter in the spread of this new way of war.


  • My Drone War
    By Pir Zubair Shah

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drones
    By Micah Zenko

  • The Evolution of Drone Warfare

  • Obama’s Secret Wars

  • The Obama Doctrine
    By David Rohde

  • Collateral Damage
    By Paul Salopek

  • The FP Survey: The Future of War

  • Think Again: Cyberwar
    By Thomas Rid

  • Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us
    By John Arquilla

  • The Body Counter
    By Tina Rosenberg

  • Mad Libs: War Edition