Micah Zenko


They Who Must Not Be Named

The administration's reasons for not releasing who's on the list of America's enemies in the war on terror are getting ridiculous.


Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict

We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.

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Conflict Avoidance

President Obama's National Security Strategy aims to prevent the emergence of wars. So why won't the White House get behind its own strategy?

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The Real Nuclear Option

Why Israel might nuke Iran to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. Seriously.

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Myth Dealers

In an uncertain world ... and 4 other ‘truths' America's generals want to sell you.

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Shouting ‘9/11’ in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

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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.

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Estimated Recovery Time

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

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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.


Threat of Failure

Does coercive diplomacy actually work? Don't let the popular narrative on Syria fool you.

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The Soldier and the State Go Public

Civil-military relations haven't been this bad in decades.

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Responsibility to Protect?

Why none of the plans for intervening in Syria actually tries to save civilians.

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The Wrong Way to Be Right

Obama's shoddy case for striking Syria to enforce international norms.

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A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.


The Pretenders

When people say the U.S. needs to control events abroad better, this is what they really mean.

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