War

A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on Feb. 10, shows the remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses.

Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria

The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance. 

A Syrian boy walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Aleppo, Syria on July 22, 2017. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

Hypocritic Oath

How WHO and other international agencies aid Assad’s war against Syria’s civilians.

Smoke billows over Mosul, Iraq, after an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State on July 9, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trouble Before the Storm

The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.

A nuclear bunker in Northern Ireland on February 4, 2016. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review answers questions nobody should be asking.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Sep. 21, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough

Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.

U.S. soldiers near Kandahar, Afghanistan on Feb. 28, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

12 Depressing Previews of America’s Next War

Here’s hoping past performance isn’t an indicator of future success.

An Afghan army soldier takes position near an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on Jan. 24.
 (Noorullah Shirzada /AFP/Getty Images)

Before Trump’s Speech, More Bad News From the Afghan Front

As Trump prepares to rally support for the 16-year mission in his State of the Union address, the Pentagon is reluctant to divulge details about the war effort.

A military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster

There’s no clear upside — and plenty of potential downsides — to punching Pyongyang in the nose.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency

How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.  

Alleged Russian soldiers stand outside a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Western countries are looking for new ways to defend against a new generation of war. Does a center in Finland have the answers?

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (right) and North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon exchange joint statements during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on Jan. 9.(/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in Are the Negotiators Korea Needs

Pyongyang's and Seoul’s leaders have shown they can build political capital. Now they have to spend it.

A South Korean government official checks the direct communications hotline to talk with the North Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom on Jan. 3, in Panmunjom, South Korea. (South Korean Unification Ministry via Getty Images)

What’s a Nuclear Hotline Good For Anyway?

North and South Korea have revived their dormant direct line. That’s good news for the rest of the world.

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying with F-35B fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-15K fighter jets on September 18, 2017 in Gangwon-do, South Korea. (Getty Images)

It’s Time to Bomb North Korea

Destroying Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal is still in America’s national interest.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks in Grozny, Chechnya on April  16, 2012. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Lost Children of ISIS

Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov says he wants to rescue orphans. But what’s really behind his humanitarian campaign?

President Donald Trump at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

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