Puerto Rico Continues to Sink Into Bankruptcy With No Lifeline in Sight
There's no financial lifeline for Puerto Rico on the eve of a second debt default.
Iran Slams Washington’s ‘Illegal’ Sanctions Plan
Tehran and the United States end 2015 with threats and recriminations over missile tests, sanctions, and visas.
Terror Fears Mute New Year’s Cheer
As the world’s metropolises prepare to bid the year farewell on Thursday, some of them are too afraid to celebrate.
Africa’s Boom Is Over
Africa was never going to get far without manufacturing — and it can’t do so under today’s trade and investment treaties.
Israel’s Nazi Art Hunters
In the aftermath of World War II, art looted from Jews spread across the globe -- including to the world’s only Jewish state. Now, there’s an effort underway to return the pieces to their rightful owners.
What Will Be the Big Story of 2016?
From new flu strains to refugees to Obama’s final moments as U.S. president, FP’s Voices predict a year of big change and challenges.
China’s Top 5 Censored Posts in 2015
From deadly explosions to Winnie the Pooh, here’s the online speech the country’s censors worked hardest to silence.
WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?
Best of Best Defense: Number 1 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 2.
We’re getting out of the Marines because we wanted to be part of an elite force
Best of Best Defense: Number 2 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on January 4, 2013.
Annals of wars we don’t know about: The South African border war of 1966-1989
Best of Best Defense: Number 4 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 12.
The Wisdom of Japan’s Cunning Contrition
Questions for Jennifer Lind, an expert on apologies in international politics.
Stories You Missed in 2015
From the winding down of Colombia's 50-year war to Ireland's booming economy, here are the stories that flew under the radar this year.
Mapped: The Islamic State Isn’t Doing as Well as You Think
The terrorist group dominated headlines in 2015, but a string of battlefield defeats has cost the group 14 percent of the territory it used to control in Iraq and Syria.
Why Counterterrorism Could Be the Death of Tunisian Democracy
Tunisia’s security state is threatening to undo the gains of the revolution.
Report on NSA’s Israel Spying Sparks Backlash in Congress
The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that his staff is looking into allegations that U.S. spies collected communications between the Israeli government and members of Congress.
The Second Coming of Khomeini
The grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder is entering the political fray in Tehran — and could just be President Rouhani's savior.
Justice for ‘Affluenza’ Teen, Candidate For Worst Person of the Year, Delayed in Mexico
Mexican authorities have delayed deportation of the so-called "affluenza" teen, Ethan Couch.
The GOP Plan to Bring Back a Unipolar World
Republicans seem to think that by banging the drum for increased defense spending, they can restore America's greatness. They're wrong.
Anti-Terror Raids Are Not the Best Time to Host Orgies at Police Stations
Belgian authorities are investigating whether police and soldiers used the country's terror lockdown to participate in group sex.
Think the Army wants free thinking? This is what happened to me after I wrote a piece for Best Defense — with approval
Best of Best Defense: Number 4 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 6.
Whiskey-5 Hotel: The 6 biggest points of bullshit being peddled about Benghazi
Best of Best Defense: Number 5 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 22.
The Best Defense list of the top 10 songs for heading into combat
Best of Best Defense: Number 6 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 12, 2010.
Can Music Be an Effective Weapon?
2015 Global Thinkers Sonita Alizadeh and Helly Luv discuss how they’ve both used music to fight — against the Islamic State and against the institution of marriage.
Iran Deal Hits a Milestone as Challenges Mount
Tehran has gotten rid of huge amounts of uranium, but opponents in Washington and Iran could still derail the landmark deal.
The Best Worst Quotes of 2015
The top 20 bloviations, lies, and just plain dumb lines from U.S. government officials and politicians this year.
The Men in the Middle
Two young, charismatic leaders in Israel and Turkey are taking on right-wing governments and trying to transform their countries' politics. Can they change the Middle East without firing a shot?
French Thieves Give a Christmas Gift to the Police
French thieves spread some holiday cheer to an unlikely place -- the police station.
Syria and France Were the Deadliest Places for Journalists in 2015
Journalists continue to take huge risks to report the news, with the most killed in Syria and France this year.
China, Circa 2016
From political and ideological infighting, to labor rights, to the South China Sea, here's what's brewing in the new year.
The Problem With Ukrainian Police Reform
Ukraine’s police are getting a much-praised makeover. But there could be trouble down the road.
This Photo Shows Why Hillary’s Cruising
One person - a guy named Kenneth - showed up at Martin O'Malley's Iowa town hall last night.
Setting the record straight on the end of the Vietnam War (3): Not a lost victory
Best of Best Defense: Number 7 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on April 16.
We romanticize military service — until we see some combat and bury some friends
Best of Best Defense: Number 8 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 17.
Gold Star Wives aren’t gold-diggers. This is how it works out these days, financially.
Best of Best Defense: Number 9 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 8.
Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Blow Up a Condom Machine
A German man died this week after he blew up a condom machine.
The Worst Corruption Scandals of 2015
A number of corruption scandals exploded in 2015. FP looks back at some of the most egregious.
Winning Hearts and Minds in Ramadi
The Iraqi military has retaken one of the Islamic State's biggest strongholds. But can Baghdad persuade frightened Sunnis to come home?
Putin’s No-Spin Zone
Russian political talk shows have become circuses of angry pensioners, cornered liberals, and camo-clad Ukrainian rebels. And they’re more popular than ever.
Killing the Islamic State Softly
Military power will win battles in Syria and Iraq, but only soft power can win the war.
Pakistani Taliban Boast of a Deadly and Productive 2015
The Pakistani Taliban bragged Monday that they have killed more than 680 people this year.
Wait, What? State Department Says U.S. Brought ‘Peace, Security’ to Syria in 2015
Despite evidence to the contrary, the State Department says the U.S. brought "peace" and "security" to Syria in 2015.
The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2016
Next year will have no shortage of war and conflict. Now’s the time to start setting priorities.
This Photo Collage Earned a Burmese Activist Six Months in Prison
An activist in Myanmar was sentenced to six months in prison for comparing the military's uniforms to an opposition leader's skirt.
Ramadi 2015 vs. Burma 1942: Spin vs. grit
Best of Best Defense: Number 10 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 1.
WDotW: Actually, No, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind
Best of Best Defense: Number 11 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 19, 2014.
Army battalion commander at Ft. Carson: ‘You want toxic? I’ll show you toxic’
Best of Best Defense: Number 12 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 23, 2014.
Here’s What Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Pope Francis Have in Common
President Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Pope Francis are among the most admired public figures in the United States.
The Unraveling of Jacob Zuma
South Africa’s president just sacked two finance ministers in a week. Now many in his own party are questioning whether he should still be in charge.
Cards Against Humanity Is All For Chinese Workers
The irreverent card game maker claims to have sent Chinese factory workers on a paid vacation.
Why Can’t Ex-Chinese Leaders Travel Abroad?
Xi Jinping’s secret strategy for dealing with China’s powerful retired elite.
Finland’s Santa-Industrial Complex
Many countries have claimed to be the official home of Father Christmas. But only Finland has Santa’s elves cranking out tourism gold.
An open letter to my ex-lover, the USMC
Best of Best Defense: Number 13 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on May 8.
Why USAF is overdue for reorganization
Best of Best Defense: Number 14 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 21.
There’s a reason America’s vets can’t find work but not what Ben Bernanke thinks
Best of Best Defense: Number 15 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 5.
When the NSA Is a Hacker’s Best Friend
Clinton and Trump want Silicon Valley to make it easier for the government to eavesdrop. An NSA gaffe that harmed a leading networking company shows how dangerous that could be.
In Syria, Moscow’s Terrorist Is Washington’s Freedom Fighter
The United States, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are at odds over which Syrian fighters they'll be able to shoot as terrorists — and which will be labeled moderates.
Revolt in an African Stasi State
For years Ethiopia has crushed anyone who opposes its development plan. Now an ethnic uprising threatens to crash the country's high-flying economy.
The Mogadishu That Stole Christmas
Somalia has banned all Christmas celebrations this year, citing the holiday's Christian roots alongside security concerns.
Assad hopes to turn Homs into a symbol of his government's resurgent fortunes — but it might end up as an icon of his utter brutality.
How the ‘Ninja Lanternshark’ Got Its Name
Four children and a shark researcher spoke in a Google Hangout. The rest is taxonomic history.
Witness Rand Paul’s Epic Festivus Airing of Grievances
Rand Paul is taking Festivus seriously with a rant against politicians and Washington.
A Surge in Women’s Employment Is Driving Japan’s Economy
But a host of other negative indicators are pulling it into recession. Why can't Tokyo get its act together?
The Ghosts of Refugees Past
On the small Greek island of Lesbos, thousands of Syrians are arriving each day. But will empathy for an earlier flood of refugees trump the fear of being overrun?
Watch Marines Build the Bridge Iraq Is Using to Take Back Ramadi
The Iraqi army is using a floating bridge given by the United States to score a huge military win in Ramadi.
Amnesty: Russian Strikes Have Indiscriminately Targeted Civilians in Syria
A new report from Amnesty International found that Russia appears to have repeatedly targeted civilians in Syria.
A letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No combat patch? That’s no problem!
Best of Best Defense: Number 16 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on April 22, 2014.
A Skeptic’s Take on Solving Syria
Bashar al-Assad is just one of many obstacles in the way of pulling a war-torn country out of chaos. At least for now.
So you want to take back Mosul from ISIS? Are you ready for a 10-year seige?
Best of Best Defense: Number 17 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on December 2.
Military physical training: It’s a problem bigger than obesity, with no easy solutions
Best of Best Defense: Number 18 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on February 18.
Three Reasons Why the Candidates Should Be Talking About Asia
And why the aren't talking about it already.
The Final Lump of Coal in Britain’s Stocking
The closure of the last deep pit mine in the United Kingdom marks the end of an industry that built an empire.
How Merkel Gets It Right With Refugees
2015 Global Thinker Chris Catrambone and 2011 Global Thinker Saskia Sassen discuss how Europe will benefit from the influx of migrants — if only it will let them in.
Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2015 Edition
Holiday shopping suggestions for the discerning international politics connoisseur.
The Islamic State of Afghanistan
With the caliphate growing across Central Asia, it's time to make a deal with the Taliban -- the enemy we know.
Some People Say Hillary Clinton Is ‘Hispandering’ With ‘Abuela’ Ad
The hashtag #NotMyAbuela is trending after Hillary Clinton releases a "7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela" advertisement.
Drug-Torn Colombia Just Made (Medicinal) Weed Legal
Colombia is still fighting the cocaine trade but is embracing medicinal pot.
Reports of American Fears Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Despite threats of terrorism and concerns over Muslim immigrants, the numbers show the U.S. public hasn’t completely lost its collective head.
After Deadly Chinese Landslide, Word Games Begin
A spectacular accident has left dozens missing and at least one dead. But who is to blame?
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald
What does the most fabulous GOP candidate need to know about national security?
U.S. Sends Putin a Reminder to Stop Meddling in Ukraine
The United States slapped additional penalties on Russia for its continuing actions in Ukraine.
Now Is Not The Time To Abandon Afghanistan
Feeling the pressure from insurgent terrorist groups and internal political divisions, Afghanistan will fall apart if the United States does not act.
President Maduro and His Imaginary Parliament
Venezuela’s opposition has just won a majority in the National Assembly — but the ruling socialists are already working to undermine it.
Ukraine to Fred Durst: You Chose Russia, and You Can’t Have Us Both
Ukraine has banned American musician Fred Durst from entering the country for five years.
León: The Professional
Meet the man behind Libya’s peace deal. But did he become entangled in the same networks of money and power that have plagued this war-torn country?
Watch Norwegians Awkwardly Subject Americans in Oslo to Their Christmas Traditions
American Embassy staff try Norwegian Christmas food.
Boko Haram Has Forced 1 Million Children Out of School
Boko Haram militants have forced 1 million children out of school.
Trump Hits Below the Belt to Attack Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump unleashes his most vulgar attack to date on Hillary Clinton.
Turkey to Putin: Welcome to the bigs
Best of Best Defense: Number 19 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 25.
How much did Ambassador Chris Hill lie to the Washington Post? A lot, I think
Best of Best Defense: Number 20 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 31.
The lessons of Debaltseve: Armored vehicles still matter, but they need to be mobile, lethal, and survivable
Best of Best Defense: Number 21 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on March 19.
On Trump, the GOP, and Muslim Refugees
The pursuit of life, liberty, and a culture of religious intolerance.
Turkmen President Says ‘Neigh’ to Horse Name Changes
The president of Turkmenistan has made some strange adjustments to the country's horse laws.
The Afghanistan Land Bridge Is Finally Here
A long-awaited gas pipeline could bring prosperity and stability to some of the poorest countries in Central and South Asia. But can the project survive Kandahar?
One of the Biggest Objections to the TPP Just Went Up In Smoke
Philip Morris just lost the case against the Australian government that had opponents of the deal wringing their hands.
Resurgent Taliban Kill 6 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle Monday dealt NATO its bloodiest blow in more than a year, killing six U.S. troops, while wounding three others.
When It Comes to Sexual Assault, Afghanistan Is All Talk And No Action
Everyone — men, women, parliament, and police — must come to the table for a meaningful and lasting solution.
From Gucci Grace to President Mugabe?
Zimbabwe’s wildly unpopular first lady is making a play to succeed her husband as president. She might know something about his health that the rest of us don’t.
The Plane Crash Conspiracy Theory That Explains Poland
Five years after the country’s president and 95 others went down in a forest in Russia, Poland’s new leaders are pouring fuel on the cover-up fire.
Sepp Blatter: My Downfall Is America’s Fault
Sepp Blatter blamed America for his eight-year ban from soccer.
Top Turkish Cleric: Islamic State and Prophet Mohammed Cartoons Cause Equal Damage
The head of Turkey's religious authority said Monday that both the Islamic State and the Prophet Mohammed have been equally as damaging.
Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?
The president is well poised to create real change — if he's willing to go the distance.
Sen. Lindsey Graham Is Out of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the most vocal Republican critic of Donald Trump, suspends his campaign for the presidency.
Return of the Lula
With Brazil mired in scandal, is the leftist former president about to ditch his hand-picked successor and take the reins once more?
China Begins to Bring Mentally Ill ‘Back to Society’
Mental illness has long been stigmatized there. Now a new law is helping patients and families seek treatment.
Meet the Man Showing the World What Airstrikes Are Doing to Syria
For years, Rami Jarrah has documented the human toll of civil war in Syria. Now he's documenting outside interventions, too.
Was John F. Kennedy the flat-out absolute worst U.S. president of the 20th century?
Best of Best Defense: Number 22 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on July 15, 2011.
Should the United States pass intelligence to help Anonymous go after ISIS?
Best of Best Defense: Number 23 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 16.
Iraq 2011: Jet skiing the Triangle of Death, listening to Bee Gee songs — and pondering what comes next
Best of Best Defense: Number 24 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 21, 2011.
Islam Is All-American
Long before Donald Trump’s demonizing of Muslims, the Founding Fathers debated whether Islam should be defended.
What Does Putin Want?
The Russian leader has been stirring the pot from Crimea to Syria — but to what end?
It Is, By Far, The Worst Time to Be a Turkish Journalist
A doctor on trial for comparing President Erodgan to Gollum is only the most visible example of Ankara's growing crackdown on freedom of expression.
Obama Says San Bernardino Attackers Like Mass Shooters: Hard to Stop
President Obama likened the search for lone-wolf terrorists to finding mass shooters.
Pakistan’s Failed War On Ideology
Pakistan may be winning the war against radicals on the battlefield, but it’s losing the war for hearts and minds.
African Union Set to Deploy 5,000 Peacekeepers in Burundi
With the small Central African country spiraling toward chaos, the AU may be about to make an unprecedented decision to force a peacekeeping mission.
The False Savior of Pakistan
Pakistanis hope that the army’s new chief of staff, Raheel Sharif, will crack down on militants and boost security. But can one man change a corrupt legal system and prejudiced security infrastructure?
How the United States Can Win the Cyberwar of the Future
Cold War-era deterrence theory won't cut it anymore.
A Gas-Powered Rapprochement Between Turkey and Israel
After five years of discord, Ankara and Jerusalem are ready to mend ties, driven in no small part by Turkey’s desire to get access to Israeli natural gas.
If Your Name Is Isis, You’re Not Getting a Personalized Jar of Nutella
A campaign to design your own Nutella label appears to be excluding anyone named Isis.
Who Is Really Putting Nepal Back Together?
Half a year after Nepal's devastating earthquake, its the smaller community organizations that are helping the country rebuild, while the giants of disaster relief lag behind.
Inside Kerry’s Leadership Changes for 2016
Kerry plans to name his chief of staff as head of Policy Planning, a move that seeks to revitalize Foggy Bottom’s moribund ideas shop.
Maps, Money, and the Military: FP’s Most-Read China Stories of 2015
The ten stories our China-watchers loved to click this year.
Is India Ready To Be a Power in the Pacific?
Despite New Delhi’s reassurances, it has yet to build a “blue water navy,” a force capable of operating in open seas and projecting power to areas of strategic interest.
British-Accented Donald Trump Is the Best Thing You’ll Hear All Day
Listen to Donald Trump dubbed with a British accent. You won't regret it.
The Chaos Coalition
New York talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war are exposing the sprawling strategy gulf in the coalition against the Islamic State.
How Global Displacement Will Reach All-Time High, in Maps and Charts
A new U.N. report demonstrates how global displacement rose in the first half of 2015 and how it is expected to exceed records by the end of the year.
Whiskey-5 Hotel: The 6 biggest points of bullshit being peddled about Benghazi
Best of Best Defense: Number 25 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 22.
Bringing Back the Russo-American Axis
It's high time for Obama and Putin to put aside the differences that dog them, and focus on destroying the Islamic State.
Finally, official recognition that CGSC is broken, bust and in the ditch
Best of Best Defense: Number 26 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 25.
Time to follow Gen. Buckner’s example and pull down that Confederate flag
Best of Best Defense: Number 27 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on June 22.
Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me
In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out — and still has no strategy for fixing Syria.
Fast, Radioactive, and Out of Control
India is not adequately safeguarding its booming nuclear installations and material, U.S. officials and experts say.
Lips, Teeth, and the Case of the Vanishing Legs
Why did North Korea’s miniskirt-clad girl band walk away from a big international performance in Beijing?
American Commandos Hit the Ground in Syria
U.S. forces teaming up with Syrian Arabs and Kurds to push ISIS out of Raqqa
Why Did Brazil Block WhatsApp?
Was it encryption... or the tangled web of extraterritorial data requests?
UN Security Council Goes After Islamic State Cash
The UN Security Council passed a resolution targeting Islamic State finances Thursday.
Pakistan Needs a Nuclear Future, Not a Nuclear Deal
A nuclear agreement between Pakistan and the United States benefits everyone. Except Pakistan.
IMF Chief Lagarde Faces Possible Jail Time For Payment to French Businessman
IMF chief Christine Lagarde is in legal hot water over a $432 million payout to a French businessman.
On Human Rights Day, a Tunisian Court Sent Six Men to Prison For Being Gay
Five years after a revolution transformed Tunisia, the country still has a long way to go on human rights.
The 19th-Century Savior for 21st-Century Climate Change
The negotiators in Paris should've asked: What would Alexander von Humboldt do?
Mapped: Bangladesh Still Has a Garment Factory Problem
A new report released by NYU found that 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh remain at risk.
Corker: Iranian Elections Are Steering U.S. Policy on Tehran
A top Republican senator on Thursday said the Obama administration is failing to respond to Iran’s ballistic missile violations out of concern for the impact U.S. actions might have on the Islamic Republic’s parliamentary elections next year.
Pay attention when ISIS members call themselves ‘Strangers’ — it is meaningful
Best of Best Defense: Number 28 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on September 22.
‘Team of Teams’: The new McChrystal book is good but a bit heavy on SEAL role
Best of Best Defense: Number 29 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015.
There’s a good reason to keep boxing mandatory at West Point: Combat
Best of Best Defense: Number 30 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on October 12.
The U.N. Official Who Blew the Lid off Central African Republic Sex Scandal Vindicated
Anders Kompass was cleared of charges that he improperly gave the French a confidential paper documenting sexual abuse in the Central African Republic.
The Dirty Secret of the Paris Climate Deal
In order to hit the goal of warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius, we’re relying on a host of unproven, risky future technologies.
India Is Building a Top-Secret Nuclear City to Produce Thermonuclear Weapons, Experts Say
The weapons could upgrade India as a nuclear power — and deeply unsettle Pakistan and China.
U.S. Aims to Lift 40-Year-Old Oil Export Ban
Finally allowing crude oil exports shows the strength of the U.S. energy boom, but shipping crude overseas makes little sense right now with rock-bottom prices.
Greece Doesn’t Like Macedonia’s Name. We Have Ideas for a New One.
For more than two decades Greece has asked Macedonia to change its name. Is now when it will finally happen?
Controversial Cybersecurity Measure Set for Final Approval
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act would hand companies expansive liability protection for sharing threat information with the government.
Can Democracy Work for the World’s Values Voters?
Social conservatives are on the march across the world — but there’s no reason they can’t play by democratic rules.
Happy Days Are Here Again (At Least in the U.S.)
The U.S. Federal Reserve officially end a policy meant to save the U.S. from the Great Recession.
In a Counterinsurgency Far, Far Away
After Return of the Jedi, the victorious Rebels declared "mission accomplished" a bit too early. Here’s how they can win, for good this time.
Le Pen: National Front Is Not the Islamic State and Here Are Gruesome Pics to Prove It
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front, went on a Twitter rant to distinguish the Islamic State from her political party.
Don’t Call It a Jihadist Insurgency — Yet
The U.N. mission in Mali is mistaking aggrieved cattle-herders and bandits on motorbikes for an Islamist menace. Here’s why it matters that they get it right.
U.S. Homeland Security Adds New Terror Warning Level
DHA changes its terror alert system following the San Bernardino terror attack.
FBI Director: San Bernardino Shooters Did Not Post Public Support For Radical Islam
FBI Director James Comey says the San Bernardino shooters did not post public support for radical Islam.
Watch Ukraine’s Interior Minister Throw Water at the Former President of Georgia
Footage has been released of a tense fight between Ukrainian government officials.
Ted Cruz’s Un-American ‘America First’ Strategy
The senator suggests his foreign policy follows in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps. His real inspiration is more troubling.
A strategic question for you all: What should the U.S. military stop doing?
One of the themes of this blog is that strategy is as much about what not to do as it is about what to do.
The phantom-like voice of the past: Tom’s 2009 thoughts on the future of Iraq
I was in the basement the other day, shelving a few hundred books while I looked for my old copy of William McNeill’s wonderful 'The Pursuit of Power.'
Reading lists roundup
We’re going into top 10 of the year starting tomorrow. If that doesn’t keep you full, here is a roundup of some recent reading lists.
FP’s 6 Top Moments of the GOP Debate
Turns out that many Republican presidential candidates would be OK with Bashar al-Assad staying in power.
Why Brain Scientists Should Fail
2015 Global Thinkers Miguel Nicolelis and Anthony Zador discuss the importance of funding creative neuroscience experiments when — and especially when — the outcome is unknown.