Military

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Is Already Obsolete

But it's still a powerful signal of Beijing's ambitions in a post-U.S. Asia.

Members of the 115th U.S. Congress take the oath of office in Washington on Jan. 3, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War

It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.

Soldiers from the Foreign Legion march down the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background,  in Paris during a rehearsal of the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 10, 2017. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Army Service Could Be the Answer to Europe’s Integration Problem

The EU’s defense forces are struggling to recruit, and immigrants are often eager to serve.

A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces

Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Syria in the White House on April 9. From left: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Passive-Aggressive Syria Policy Risks Creating More Mayhem in the Middle East

The United States is pursuing a worst-of-both-worlds mix of hawkish confrontation and strategic retrenchment.

A British military Typhoon aircraft lands at the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) of Akrotiri following U.S., British and French strikes on Syria on April 14, 2018. IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Syria’s War Machine Up and Running; Chemical Weapons Revelations

The United States has no intention of using its firepower to halt the mass killing of civilians through conventional means, degrade Syria’s military forces, or to challenge Russia and Iran’s military positions is Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017. (Jorge Silva/Getty Images)

Trump Still Doesn’t Take Russia Seriously

Rather than speaking out against Putin, the U.S. president is playing into Moscow’s hands.

A Tomahawk missile launched from the destroyer USS Porter heading toward Syria on April 7, 2017.  (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

For a Second Strike on Syria, Trump Will Have to Go Big

With little to show for last year’s missile attack, the Trump administration is contemplating a larger campaign against the Assad government.

A U.S. Tomahawk missile flies toward Syria on April 7, 2017. (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

One Year Ago, Pundits Welcomed a Turning Point in Syria. They Were Wrong.

U.S. policy in the Middle East is being guided by Trump's doctrine of incoherent chaos. And it's only getting worse.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi’s Long March on American Democracy

The United States can’t sit back and watch as China quietly colonizes the West.

Abiy Ahmed, newly elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia, addresses the house of Parliament in Addis Ababa, after the swearing in ceremony on April 2, 2018.

Can Abiy Ahmed Save Ethiopia?

The announcement of a new prime minister has led to widespread celebrations, but reforming the country without alienating the army will not be easy.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles near the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Contradicts Top Officials on Syria Policy

Two events, just minutes apart, had very different messages.

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past an Islamic State logo on the outskirts of Mosul on March 1, 2017. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS 2.0 Is Really Just the Original ISIS

Without territory, the Islamic State has quickly reverted back to its origins as a terrorist group.

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser holds a news conference in Djibouti on April 23, 2017.  (Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Militaristic Africa Policy Will Backfire

Instead, the United States should pursue a holistic, long-term strategy.

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