National Security
Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee listen to testimony from Intelligence officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Into Lack of Whistleblower Protections for Spies

Senate leaders across party lines are concerned intelligence community watchdogs are failing to protect whistleblowers.

The International Space Station is in orbit around the earth on December 14, 2006. (NASA/Getty)

Shake-Up at Pentagon Intelligence Agency Sparks Concern

The director of the agency responsible for analyzing satellite imagery says he wants to modernize the work. Some employees fear they’re being replaced by artificial intelligence.

President Donald Trump, with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, on August 10, 2017.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Set a Scary Strategic Precedent

There's a reason why other administrations didn’t plan national security policy this way.

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover: The UAE Is Paying Ex-CIA Officers to Build a Spy Empire in the Gulf

They hired Americans to professionalize their intelligence service. But how far can former U.S. spies go?

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A Crisis of Leadership at the Military Intelligence Agency’s Watchdog Office

Since two whistleblowers stepped forward two years ago, morale at the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of the Inspector General has plummeted.

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China’s Flagship TV Network Hasn’t Registered as a Foreign Agent

Based in Washington, CCTV America broadcasts Beijing-controlled news to English-speaking households across the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images)

Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?

The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.

The Latest

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive to announce an agreement on the Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 in Lausanne.

Europe Must Fight to Preserve the Iran Deal

If Washington walks away from the nuclear accord, it will undermine Europe’s security and business interests. Brussels should flex its muscles now with diplomatic and legal threats.

U.S. soldiers on M113 armored vehicles take part during the Warrior Strike VIII exercise at the Rodriguez Range on Sept. 19, 2017, in Pocheon, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Mattis’s Defense Strategy Is Bold

The only problem is, it's not realistic about funding.

A relative mourns on the coffin of late Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery Novo Groblje in Belgrade on Jan. 18. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

A tragic death could spark a lasting peace in the Balkans’ most restive region.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms

India and Israel won’t let ideology get in the way of booming bilateral trade.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive to announce an agreement on the Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 in Lausanne.

Europe Must Fight to Preserve the Iran Deal

If Washington walks away from the nuclear accord, it will undermine Europe’s security and business interests. Brussels should flex its muscles now with diplomatic and legal threats.

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In the Magazine

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The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

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