October 2012

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Letting Go of ‘Loose Nukes’

Relax. It's okay if Russia wants to pay for its own security.


Blue Planet

What if the world could vote in the U.S. election?


No, Obama Did Not Abandon Poland

How the administration has tightened relations with Warsaw.

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We Are All Venetians Now

Are the world's major cities ready for the rising waters and freak storms of tomorrow?

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The Collaborator’s Song

We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.

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The Secret of Islamist Success

Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.

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A Tale of Two Asias

In the battle for Asia's soul, which side will win -- security or economics?

The Battle for Resiliency in Asia: it’s the hardeners versus the dispersers

Dempsey returns from Israel; How many FSOs one Osprey could buy, and more.


Nightmare on Nuke Street

Twelve terrifying tales from the nuclear crypt.

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Bibi’s Mistake

Netanyahu hopes his new superparty will give him the stable majority he's always wanted. But joining forces with the far right could turn out to be a political disaster.

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The Long Third War

No matter who wins in November, America should get ready for 10 more years of drones.

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Take Cover

Gale force winds in the Middle East.


Winds of Change

From the failed Mongol invasion of Japan to Cyclone Nargis, six storms that changed the course of history.

Thousands of Guardsmen are activated for Sandy

Dempsey: rumors around Carter Ham’s departure from AFRICOM are “absolutely false;” At portrait unveiling, Gates explains what contributed to his departure, unleashes zingers, and more.

Syrians Are War Correspondents, Too

A response to Terry Anderson's "Running Toward Danger."


Why Iran Wants to Attack the United States

The Islamic Republic's terror plots may look bumbling today, but what about tomorrow?

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Meet Sandy, the Game Changer

This storm could upend American politics -- if we're lucky.


Open Seas

The Arctic is the Mediterranean of the 21st century.


Game Theory

Actually, military strategy is like Battleship.


Tourists and Terrorists

Residents of Syria's capital stare into the abyss.


Do Ceasefires Ever Work?

Why the tenuous Syrian truce could end up being a step back for peace.

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Me and My Censor

A reporter's memoir of what it's like to tell the truth about today's China.

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

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A Short History of World War III

I lost the Cuban Missile Crisis and nuked the world from my couch ... and you can too.


Still ‘Secret’ After All These Years

Why do Pentagon securocrats continue to censor well-known, publicly available information?


The Long Engagement

Fifty years after they fought a war, India and China are still on the edge of conflict.

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Strategic Misdirection

Are the latest U.S. moves on missile defense making it less safe?


The Backfire in Baghdad

How ExxonMobil's God Pod beat Iraq's oil chieftains at their own game.


Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

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The Amphibian

How Barack Obama learned to cover his right flank -- and his left.

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Beware the Tyranny of the Mob

The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring. But much can be done to protect them.

Big Army goes SF

AID sends William Hammink to Afghanistan, What $71 million to DynCorp paid for, Panetta: Benghazi was too risky for U.S. forces, The Brits are the bomb, and more.



The return of French anti-Semitism is a lot scarier than just a few nasty tweets.


Clicking This Will Make You Stupider

The 10 worst foreign policy campaign ads of 2012.

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Rhetorical Questions

Tough talk couldn't have saved Ambassador Stevens.

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Running Toward Danger

Why the world still needs war correspondents.

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Jerks vs. Waterboarders

The best reason to pick Obama over Romney.


The War for Free Kurdistan

Can Syria's Kurds take advantage of the civil war to form their own government? Or are they too busy starting their own civil war?


Operator Assistance

5 steps to standing up special forces in Libya.


The Cyber Trade War

The showdown between China and the United States over telecommunications technology is about much more than just security.


Why Is Qatar Mucking Around in Gaza?

Doha's meddling in Palestinian affairs is much more about Iran than it is about Israel.

Panetta: al Qaeda in Mali has to be stopped

The Army’s green movement, Dakota Meyer on being told “no,” and more.

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Playing God

With efforts to halt climate change on life support, scientists are looking at some radical options to save our planet. But could the cure be worse than the disease?


Who Said It: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

With Election Day fast approaching, how well do you know the candidates on foreign policy?


Interrogation Techniques

What Bob Schieffer can learn from the CIA.

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Tell Us the One About the Robots, Mr. President

Want to lead the free world? You'd better figure out what to do about the rise of the machines.

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Can’t We All Just Not Get Along?

Why a decade of war hasn't provoked a real debate about America's role in the world.

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Still the Best

The decline of the U.S. armed forces has been greatly exaggerated.

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In Praise of Apathy

It's time to stop deriding the Americans who refuse to vote. They're trying to tell us something.

Efraim Halevy

The Spymaster

Eleven questions for Israel's legendary Efraim Halevy.


Please God, Not Another Blue-Ribbon Panel

Here's how to really fix the State Department.

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The All-Powerful President

And four other lies we tell ourselves about foreign policy.


Silent Treatment

The biggest global issues that weren't discussed at the debates.


Slippery Mitt Evades KO

Will Romney's rope-a-dope strategy on foreign policy actually work?

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The Malaise in Ukraine

The business community is fed up with President Yanukovych's corruption and management. Is real change on the horizon?

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