Review: “Powerplay,” by Victor Cha
The book successfully answers its central question: Why aren’t America’s Asian alliances built the same as in Europe?
The Stories You Missed in 2016
From China's bubble to Russia's undersea drones, here are big stories around the world that flew under the radar this year.
Putin’s Masterstroke of Nonretaliation
In refusing to expel U.S. diplomats in response to President Obama’s sanctions, the Russian leader pulled another fast one on the White House.
After Russians Promise Retaliation, Putin Decides Not to Expel U.S. Diplomats
Instead, he invited their children to a party at the Kremlin.
How Soviets Came to Celebrate New Year’s Like Christmas (and Why Russians Still Do)
The answer involves Vladimir the Great, Peter the Great, Nicholas I, and Stalin.
The Best Worst Quotes of 2016
The top 20 bloviations, lies, and just plain dumb lines from U.S. government officials this year.
A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru
"His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling."
Mattis as defense secretary: What it means for us, for the military, and for Trump
Mattis vs. Trump: Some big differences.
Obama Finally Hits Back at Russia for Election Hack With Sanctions, Expulsions
But the measures may not deter future mischief — and could be undone by Trump.
As U.S. Stands Aside, Russia, Turkey Ink Cease-fire in Syria
Moscow and Ankara may have just done something Washington tried in vain to do. But it could ultimately mean victory for Assad.
Yet Another Duterte Boast of Killing, This Time With Helicopters
The firebrand Philippines president said he threw people out of helicopters in the past, then (sort of) backed off of the claim.
My Favorite Story This Year
FP’s reporters, writers, and editors share some of the most important, personal, and challenging stories they worked on in 2016.
What Foreign Policy Staff Read in 2016
Writers and editors share some of the best books they read this year.
Here, Have Some 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, Countries
If the world follows these New Year’s resolutions, 2017 will be a lot less awful than 2016.
Syria Will Stain Obama’s Legacy Forever
The arc of history is long, but it won't ever judge the president's Syria policy kindly.
Hey, shut up about being the best military in the world, because we might not be (A)
So writes Army Lt. Col. Terrence Buckeye in the new issue of ARMOR magazine.
New Year’s Resolution: Jobs
If the Trump administration is serious about keeping jobs in America, it needs a strong and energized EXIM Bank.
Enlisted justice: You know, no one talks about it, but this is the real military. And the important thing is, it always will be.
It rains on the just and unjust alike. Today is their day, just like any day on patrol might be your day. That’s enlisted justice.
Kerry’s Mideast Peace Push Is Too Little, Too Late
The U.S. secretary of state’s speech laying out terms for a two-state solution is the final example of the Obama administration’s failure to move the needle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
SitRep: Uncertain Ceasefire in Syria; American Troops on Raqqa’s Doorstep; Carrier Gap in the Gulf
Mosul Fight Back On; Corruption in the Chinese Army; And Lots More
Turf War Before Trade War
Worrisome rumblings on trade have been emanating from President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.
The Last Act of Obama’s Israel Drama May Be His Best
Despite their momentary ascendancy, Bibi, Trump, and Putin are yesterday’s men.
On EU Trade, Brexiteers to The Rescue!
For lead Brexit supporters, “leave” means “leave” — as long as beneficial trade continues.
With an Eye on South Korea’s Presidency, Ban Ki-moon Seeks to Burnish his U.N. Legacy
The outgoing U.N. secretary-general touts his support for climate change and gay rights, regrets failures from Haiti to North Korea, and calls Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a liar.
Kerry on Israel: Two-State Solution Is in Serious Jeopardy
John Kerry rebuked Benjamin Netanyahu's administration and outlined a potential, but improbable, path for peace.
The Foreign Policy Wonk’s Best Songs of 2016
From Filipino folk to Ukrainian pop to the Rolling Stones, it was a turbulent political year, with a soundtrack to match.
Is Russia Responsible for a Cyber Attack Against the OSCE?
The OSCE confirms it was the victim of a cyber attack, but does not want to speculate as to the perpetrator.
What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here
When asked to address the question of what a Saudi-Iran war would look like, my first instinct is to ask the reader to look around because it is already happening. As the futurist William Gibson noted, 'the future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.'
The U.N. Has Great Potential for Trump!
The president-elect doesn’t seem fond of Turtle Bay. But he’s going to need it more than he thinks.
SitRep: Washington’s Plan to Hack Moscow; Turkey Accuses U.S. of Supporting ISIS
Kerry’s Final Word on Israel; Chinese Hackers in Hot Water; Iraqi Leader Walks back ISIS Comments; And Lots More
Who Will Really Be the Next President of the United States?
As the Trump administration organizational chart comes into focus, the big question is whether the most powerful man in the world will be Mike Pence or Reince Priebus. Or Steve Bannon?
Trump’s Israel Advisor Tapped to Run ‘All Types’ of World Negotiations
It’s unclear what Jason Greenblatt will do in this new role, though he may be busy with trade and Israel.
The Best Things of 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ was released. But what else happened this past year that calls for celebrating?
Donald Trump’s Pivot Through Asia
President Obama’s signature rebalance to the Pacific never really got off the ground. Could Trump succeed where he failed?
First Major Trials Begin for the Failed Turkey Coup
But post-coup crackdowns that worry international observers continue unabated.
The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017
It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict.
A World War II Marine looks back and wonders: Where’s the America of sharing?
I am now 91 years of age and it has been 70 long, wide years since I returned home on Christmas Eve, 1945.
Our uniforms reflect our culture, and show us part of our problem: We do not value enough the skills needed to prevail
A friend recently sent me his official Army photo.
Fallout from the U.N., Murder in Moscow? The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
What happened in the world over the long holiday weekend.
SitRep: China’s Aircraft Carrier Making Taiwan Nervous; Russia Hits Obama, Looks Forward to Trump
General Says Two Years Before Mosul and Raqqa Cleared; Afghan Peace Process; And Lots More
Hangover Wednesday: What if Clinton wins in a squeaker and some people in the country refuse to recognize the results?
A credible scenario today exists in which, the day after 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election on November 8, 2016, the wheels start to come off the United States of America.
Inside General Flynn’s brain
Michael Flynn is now one of the most influential voices in U.S. national security.
Dear Mr. Trump, Don’t Desecrate My American Bible
An open letter to the president-elect from a Middle Eastern immigrant who has become an American patriot.
Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2016 Edition
Here are some gifts from around the world, fit for even the most insatiable global affairs glutton.
Assessing Trump’s Emerging Asia Policy
President-elect Donald Trump's comments and actions since winning the U.S. presidential election in November offer new insights into the kind of Asia policy his administration may pursue after taking office in January.
What China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Xi Jinping sees the Soviet Union as a cautionary tale. But Beijing is learning all the wrong lessons.
General Kelly Is a Great Pick for Homeland Security
I have known Kelly for several years and have had the privilege of working with him and having him speak on several occasions at my day job.
U.S. Abstains From U.N. Vote Condemning Israeli Settlements
The U.N. declares Israeli settlements illegal as United States defies its own past and calls from Trump and Netanyahu for a veto.
An Asian Peace Plan for the War on Christmas
Singapore proves that holidays in a multiethnic country don’t have to be occasions for divisiveness.
To Combat Illegal Immigration, Trump Should Target Latin America’s Hezbollah-Narco Nexus
Violent drug cartels and Islamic terror networks increasingly cooperate.
The Fate of the DRC Hangs on a Closed-Door Meeting
A last-ditch effort to avert what could be a massive political crisis came to an impasse on Friday — though the deal’s not dead yet.
A Christmas Truce for Eastern Ukraine
Ukraine and the U.S. ask Russia to make sure this attempt at peace holds.
If Trump Can Figure Out How to Pay for $1 Trillion of New Nukes, God Bless Him
The president-elect wants a shiny, new nuclear football to play with. But he doesn’t realize what it’s going to cost him.
Berlin Attacker’s Past Spurs New Questions on Old Controversies in Europe
Meanwhile, the death toll for refugees trying to make it to Europe has hit 5,000.
The Kremlin’s Economic Grip on Europe
Russia’s economy may be struggling, but its economic influence in Central and Eastern Europe is undiminished. Here’s how it wields its power.
Come, Chaps, Let’s Imagine the Cheeky Chat Between Theresa May and the Queen
Amid reports that the Queen was frustrated by May's refusal to tell her what Brexit means, we imagine how their meeting really went.
Trump Snubs Ban Ki-moon after Promising a Face-to-Face Meeting
The U.N. secretary-general thought he had a pledge for some face time with the new American leader. WRONG!
Vladimir Putin to the Press: ‘Love Quickly Turns to Hate’
Also, if you have poor relations with Russia right now, it's not Russia's fault.
Democracy Is Dying as Technocrats Watch
Assaults on democracy are working because our current political elites have no idea how to defend it.
The World Can Have Peace and Prosperity, If It Wants
There's nothing inevitable about the rise of violence and rancor, in the United States and abroad.
Should the bottom 10 percent of commanders be removed annually? Depends on whether you want to win!
That’s what the historical record suggests, as I have written before.
Things I didn’t know (nautical edition)
The ratio of fresh water on Earth to the planet’s salt water is 1:6750
Christine Lagarde Could Still Go Down
A criminal conviction in France didn't end the IMF chief's career – but the combination of Greece and Donald Trump might destroy her legacy.
The Russian Question
Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?
SitRep: Trump and Putin Call for More Nukes; Russia Hacks Ukrainian Artillery; PEOTUS Disrupts Defense Industry
Mike Flynn’s Business Ties; Snowden Report; Bombs Over Yemen; And Lots More
In a Hacked Ukrainian App, a Picture of the Future of War
Russian military intelligence hackers targeted both the DNC and Ukrainian artillery troops.
Want a Third Intifada? Go Ahead and Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
Why Trump’s plan is a terrible idea for Israel, Palestine, and the wider Middle East.
The Soviet Union Is Gone, But It’s Still Collapsing
And 5 other unlearned lessons from leading experts about modern Russia and the death of an empire.
George Kennan Is Still the Russia Expert America Needs
The architect of Washington’s Cold War strategy offers President-elect Trump the best guide for managing Moscow.
Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump both reached back into the Cold war playbook on Thursday, pledging an increase in their country’s nuclear stockpiles.
Trump’s Trade Agenda Would ‘Turn Back the Clock to Another Age’
Embracing bilateral deals and new tariffs, the incoming president casts a zero-sum view on world trade.
Trump’s Indonesian Business Partner Is Knee-Deep in Dirty Politics
Hary Tanoesoedibjo is a sketchy billionaire with ties to pro-Islamist politicians — and the ear of the next U.S. president.
Is Pope Francis Ditching Taiwan For China?
The Vatican is one of Taipei's few remaining political allies, but the Holy Father's desire to deal with the mainland may end that.
Ukrainian Separatists Hold a ‘Most Patriotic Cat’ Competition
Though Kiev may contest the results of the competition, the contestants are paws-itively adorable.
Oh, Canada: Great White North Declares High Speed Internet Essential
But don't expect its southern neighbor to follow its lead.
Obama to Dismantle Muslim and Arab Tracking System, But Trump Undeterred
Obama may dismantle the surveillance system, but Trump seems poised to put a new one in its place.
UNSC Vote on West Bank Settlements Delayed, Possibly Indefinitely
A delay would give the Trump administration time -- as welcomed by Tel Aviv -- to begin a dramatic shift from Obama’s Israel policies.
Review of ‘The Gathering Storm: The Naval War in Northern Europe’
Historians may debate whether Churchill, and the British, were justified in the operations that brought down Norwegian neutrality and the German invasion in April of 1940. What is indisputable, though, is that great stakes played out the northern seas in the winter of 1939-40.
With Historic Defense Spending Boost, Japan Turns Further Away from Pacifism
Pacifism is embedded in modern Japan’s DNA. But rising global threats may force that to change.
Making a ‘better peace’: The amazing elusiveness of strategic victory
Without a predetermined political order as the end point, all actions, particularly narratives, are without strategic purpose.
Where Will Marine Le Pen Find Campaign Cash?!?!
Will she risk criticism in the French press by going back to Moscow money?
The Battle to Retake Mosul Is Stalemated
Despite predictions that the Islamic State would soon be routed from Iraq’s second-largest city, the offensive is stuck, and casualties are piling up.
SitRep: Link Between Russian Intel, Ukrainian Hack, DNC attack; Moscow Lashes Out at U.S. Tank Buildup
Trump Meets With Generals, Defense CEOs; NSA Whistleblower Trouble; Japan increases Defense Spending; And Lots More
Africa Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump
It’s boring bureaucrats, not the erratic president, who will shape the next administration's policy toward Africa.
The West Should Hope That Merkel Loses
The only way to defend the liberal democratic order is to say goodbye to the German chancellor.
The Ironies of Brexit: Surveillance Policy Edition
Theresa May opposed Brexit, but it might bail out her surveillance regime.
Watch: Panda Tries Out Zoo-plomacy With a Snowman
Because soft diplomacy is more fun than hard power.
Could Mikhail Gorbachev Have Saved the Soviet Union?
The Soviet leader is remembered as the man who killed a superpower. But Gorbachev’s gambit on reforms could have worked -- if only he wasn't betrayed by the Communist Party.
Romania Likely to Have First Female Prime Minister
But there would be another power behind her throne.
The End of the End of the Cold War
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet Union lost the Cold War. And 25 years later, Russia renegotiated the terms of surrender.
Trump Tweets, Supporters Cheer, China Chafes
Social media gives the illusion of a private chat between the President-elect and his supporters. In fact, the whole world is watching.
In the Battle for His Legacy, Obama Opens a New Arctic Front On Trump
Obama’s surprise -- and potentially sticky ban -- on offshore drilling is the latest midnight regulation in the land of the midnight sun.
Kremlin Spokesperson: U.S. and Russia “Don’t Communicate With One Another”
Dmitri Peskov characterizes communications as "frozen."
The Undiplomatic Style of American Diplomacy
The gulf between America's politicians and diplomats has been widening for years.
Italian Parliament Approves Bank Bailout. Now What?
Will Italy's bank bailout help or hurt the Italian people?
Mike Flynn’s Pakistan Problem
The incoming national security advisor allegedly shared classified intel with Pakistan’s notoriously compromised security services. What does that mean for Trump's "AfPak" policy?
A Tale of Two Syrian Cities
In government-controlled Damascus and western Aleppo, the two rival centers of Syrian life seem destined for very different fates.
What should the U.S. government do to respond to China’s vexing drone snatch?
China’s seizure and then return of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle in the South China Sea poses several challenges for U.S. policymakers and outside observers.
Congo’s Crackdown Is Just a Preview of Violence to Come
Joseph Kabila is taking advantage of the opposition's mistakes to extend his rule. But armed militias may be the eventual winners.
Book excerpt: Saddam Hussein said that the Iranians lied to him about everything
Saddam saw himself as the guardian of the Arabs against the Persian menace.
Korean Reporters Got Fired, Got Active, and Got The President
The raucous independent investigations that led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment taught Koreans to trust the news again.
SitRep: Leaked DoD Memo Says Trump Ignoring Russia; Republican Senate Fight Over Hacks
Moscow Replacing Washington as Middle East Power Broker; U.S. Bombing in Libya Ends; Syria and War Crimes; And Lots More
Kiev Versus Kiev
President Poroshenko promised to tackle corruption. Halfway through his term, Ukraine’s anti-corruption agencies are fighting each other.
Berlin’s Zero Hour Is Also Angela Merkel’s
After an attack on the German capital, the chancellor’s moment of reckoning is upon her.
ISIS Claims Berlin Attack While Right-Wing Politicians Blast Merkel
Europe’s refugee crisis tinges political reaction to the Christmas market assault.
The U.S. Likely to Be “One of the Biggest Losers” of Ambassador Assassination
One Turkey expert's take on what the ambassador's assassination might mean for the future of U.S. relations with Russia and Turkey.
Russia Missing from Trump’s Top Defense Priorities, According to DoD Memo
Meanwhile, Pentagon brass say Moscow is the No. 1 threat to the United States.
India Overtakes Britain as the World’s Sixth-Largest Economy
What was once Britain’s “crown jewel” has outshined the former empire.
This Christmas, Watch These Classic European Holiday Flicks (and Home Alone)
Want a break from Love Actually? Try Six Degrees of Celebration.
We Need a Cuba Policy That Truly Serves the Cuban People
Clearly, changes are coming to U.S.-Cuba policy under Trump. But what to replace Obama’s policy with?
Review: ‘Rogue One’ is a heckuva good war movie wrapped in a Star Wars legend
Fear not, "Rogue One" is a magnificent and heartening addition to the canon.
Trump Should Read India’s Playbook for Taunting China
New Delhi has been poking at Beijing's One-China Policy for years without wrecking the relationship
Did World War II codebreaking help humankind discover DNA a decade later?
That’s the suggestion made by James Gleick in "The Information."
SitRep: Washington Frozen Out as Iran, Turkey, Russia Meet on Syria; Mike Flynn Meets With Pro-Putin Austrian Pol
North Korea and its Subs; Women, Trans, and Gay Troops Worried about Trump Policies; And Lots More
The Worst Things of 2016
Donald Trump became president, Russia hacked the U.S. elections, and Europe may have unraveled. But what else awful happened in 2016?
Austrian Far-Right Politicians Travel to Moscow to Grease Ties Between Trump, Putin
They reportedly met with Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn in New York last month.
Female and Transgender Troops Fear Combat Exclusion in Trump’s Pentagon
Trump and his deputies are skeptical of historic policy changes at the Pentagon opening up combat jobs to women and allowing transgender troops to serve openly.
Beijing Is Ready To Go Eyeball to Eyeball With Trump
The U.S. president-elect took the first steps up the ladder of escalation, but China’s seizure of a naval drone shows it’s glad to follow.
Polish Ruling Party Passed Unconstitutional Laws, Now Controls Constitutional Tribunal
An Eastern European example of what happens when the institutions meant to stop unchecked power are taken over by it.
Europe’s Far-Right Anger Is Moving Mainstream
Anti-immigrant, anti-Europe, anti-Muslim sentiment is resonating with more and more voters in Europe.
Five Things to Worry About After the Assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey
It may not spell a third world war. But here's what could happen after the assassination.
Stop the Hand-Wringing About Aleppo
What’s happening in Syria is a tragedy – but nobody has ever been willing to do what’s necessary to stop it.
Can U.N. Monitors Stop the Slaughter in Aleppo?
The U.N. voted to send monitors to Aleppo. But some fear such moves could be too little, too late.
Is our military’s ‘warrior culture’ a reaction to leaders’ risk aversion?
The appellation “warrior,” and the “warrior culture” it denotes, have a bad rap.
IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Found Guilty of Negligence
The Fund’s top official won’t be fined or jailed, but she may lose her job -- and the IMF may lose more than that.
In Korean Democracy, the People Are a Wrathful God
Koreans demanded, and received, the impeachment of their president. But there's a thin line between the collective will and mob rule.
Elevator pitches to Trump by The Blob, AKA The Foreign Policy Establishment
You’re a leading foreign policy expert and you just got into an elevator with President-elect Trump. You have a few moments to give your best elevator pitch on the most pressing foreign policy challenges facing his upcoming presidency. What do you say?
The Weekend Behind, The Week Ahead: What Will the Electoral College Do?
From a potential electoral college showdown to another South China Sea stand-off, here's quick rundown of what happened over the weekend
SitRep: Will Trump Cyber Hawks Hack Back?; Beijing Mocks, Warns, Incoming President
Signals, or Confusion, Over Defense Budget; Aleppo Chaos; And Lots More
Condemned to Life in Zikaland
In Recife, Brazil’s ground zero of the Zika virus, a community struggles to deal with the devastating spread of microcephaly.
Trump’s New Ambassador to Israel Heralds a Radical Change in Policy
The appointment of David Friedman might be seen as a honeymoon in Jerusalem, but it’s a bold divorce from decades of U.S.-Israel policy.
His Excellency, Sheikh Donald of the House of Trump
Why the president-elect is already a big hit in the Persian Gulf.
All Rex Tillerson Cares About Is Energy
But does that mean he's going to gut America’s $50 billion foreign aid budget?
Obama to Moscow: ‘We Can Do Stuff to You’
The president defends his response to Russian hacking, his legacy on Syria, and approach to China.
World Economic Forum To Staff: Welcome To Davos. Here’s Your CHU.
Davos organizers eye putting up staff in temporary housing containers during talks on rising income inequality and social inclusion.
Trump Taps Hardliner to Be U.S. Ambassador to Israel
David Friedman’s hardline views on Israel and its neighbors have drawn either high praise or sharp rebuke from advocacy groups -- but little in between.
Trump and His Lieutenants Are Cyber Hawks. Will They Play Hardball With Putin?
The president-elect is caught between promises to be more aggressive in cyberspace, and U.S. demands for payback against a Russian hack apparently done for his benefit.
Out of work, Cuban youth revel after dark in Havana's underground electronic music scene.
Why Is PM Modi Blaming Indira Gandhi for India’s Cash Crisis?
A present political conflict may explain why India's prime minister is blaming the past for his problems.
All the News Unfit to Print: What Beijing Quashed in 2016
Dozens of leaked censorship directives reveal a Chinese government increasingly insecure about its image.
Putin Wants Economic Cooperation With Japan But Won’t Give Back Islands
Japanese investment cannot buy back the islands.
A few words in defense of General Flynn
I worry that Michael Flynn is not a good fit for national security advisor. Even so, I think the discussions of his sharing intel with the Pakistani military are unfair.
Sympathy for the devil: A good book about Benedict Arnold — and Washington
I come away from it with much more sympathy for Arnold than I expected.
Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition
The country's growing number of 'disappeared' are paying for their fathers' (alleged) sins.
Can António Guterres Finally Break the U.N.’s Glass Ceiling?
The U.N. struggles to practice what it preaches on women's empowerment. Can the new secretary-general break the institution's glass ceiling?
SitRep: Obama Vows to Retaliate for Hacks; Trump Pledges Safe Zones in Syria; Russian SOF in Aleppo
Sanctions in Play; North Korean Missile Tests; Cold War Bases Back in Play; And Lots More
Why the Trump Economic Boom Will Never Come
Yes, the markets are looking good (for now). But subsidized deal-making and tax cuts for the rich are the surest sign of a bubble.
A Lesson for Rick Perry: The Department of Energy Doesn’t Produce Much Energy
A former governor of Texas would seem to be a natural choice for secretary of energy. Yet Perry faces a paradox.
Richard Nixon Hated the Presidential Daily Intel Brief, Too
But if Donald Trump is really, “like, a smart person” he’ll realize the CIA isn’t out to get him.
Another General and a Right-Wing Firebrand for Trump’s NSC
He oversaw the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. She wrote a book on "what the bleep just happened."
European Union to Keep Sanctions on Russia … For Now
Will the EU's latest round of sanctions against Russia also be its last?
Trump Agrees to More Intel Briefings … Just Not Every Day
Plus, a brief history of the president's daily briefs.
I Was Rescued from a Chinese Orphanage. My Friend Wasn’t.
We were both disabled by polio, but I was adopted by Americans. Returning to China 10 years later showed how sharply our destinies had diverged.
In Brussels, The Mayor of Eastern Aleppo Makes His Last Diplomatic Stand
As the noose tightens around civilians in the besieged Syrian city.
U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in Hacking American Elections
The U.S. president-elect maintains he won fair and square.
Innovations: How to Live Like Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’
A super-powered micro-animal, a hacker-proof grid, and more.
Is Big Army “patching over” citizen-soldiers, their history and communities?
Win or lose, a patch gives people skin in the game.
Duterte’s Boasts of Killing People Could Get Him Impeached, Senators Say
"Go ahead and impeach him."
Insurgency and COIN, 1862 style
Southern Minnesota, 1862, the Dakota/Lakota Sioux confined to a reservation about a hundred miles long and ten miles wide on the south bank of the Minnesota River.
Don’t Gut America’s Voice and Turn It into Propaganda
The United States’ international broadcasters work because they produce real journalism, not government spin. That could change — just in time for Trump.
SitRep: Putin and the DNC Hack; Moscow, Tehran Mock Washington Over Syria; Trump’s China Problem
PEOTUS Surrogate in Moscow Calling for Sanctions Lift; Horror in Aleppo; And Lots More
The Real Reason Gambia’s President Isn’t Stepping Down
First he conceded defeat. Then he challenged the legitimacy of the vote. What explains the flip-flop that is threatening the stability of this tiny African country?
Trump’s Team of Rivals, Riven by Distrust
Mike Flynn, Jim Mattis, and Rex Tillerson don’t have much in common with each other — or Donald Trump. But together they might revolutionize American foreign policy.
Is Trump Starting Something With China He Can’t Finish?
Beijing laughed at Trump’s hard-right advisers. Now that he’s rewriting decades of U.S.-China policy, it's deploying bombers.
Fed Rate Hike Sets Up Showdown With Trump
It's going to be more expensive to borrow money in Donald Trump's America.
The Cease-Fire in Syria Is, For Now, Back On
Failed ceasefires have become a common occurrence in Syria. The latest deal could be the last best hope for civilians and embattled rebels — if it holds.
How to Rebuild Eastern Ukraine
Kiev is too corrupt to do the job itself. The reconstruction of the Donbass must be overseen by an independent body.
Four People Trump Has Appointed for Jobs They Don’t Seem to Think Should Exist
One way to shake up a cabinet? Hire people who previously wanted to get rid of the organizations they're now slated to run.
A Drunk Kim Jong Un Is an Angry Kim Jong Un
Morale in Kim’s inner circle probably isn’t so great as Pyongyang seems to get more erratic.
How to Be a Loyal State Department Bureaucrat in the Trump Administration and Keep a Clear Conscience
Twelve tips for surviving life in the new Foggy Bottom.
Russia’s Latest Presidential Hopeful Is Another Anti-Establishment Populist. Sort Of.
The lawyer turned anti-corruption blogger and activist wants to make Russia great again. That doesn't necessarily make him like Trump.
Hello, Death Star: Russia Had a Secret Cold War Space Station Equipped with Cannons
The clandestine celestial war between superpowers isn't over. It's just getting more high-tech.
Italy Gets a New Government, and Jail Time for People Smuggler
It's one thing to bash migrants. It's another to govern when they arrive in unprecedented numbers on your shores.
It’s Too Soon to Judge Rex Tillerson
Tillerson is not the first nominee for secretary of state whose company's close ties with a foreign country cast a cloud of suspicion.
Fed Up With Drug War, Mexican Townspeople Kidnap Drug Lord’s Mom
Amid a spate of violent gang turf battles, one town took matters into their own hands.
Trump’s War Against Intelligence
The CIA is trained in objective analysis, not political knife-fighting. Can it survive a hostile administration?
Philippine President Duterte Admitted to Personally Killing People
"I was really looking for a confrontation so I could kill."
The nonmilitary consequences of military revolutions: Some work to be done here?
Do all military revolutions have a moral or political dimension? I bet they do.
Scary quote of the day: Are Navy officers are being trained to sidestep taking risks?
The sea is a hostile environment where everybody makes mistakes. The key is to learn how to recognize a mistake and recover from it without multiplying it.
Why does the Maine National Guard have a side business (and a troubled contract)?
Do any other National Guard units have such side operations?
SitRep: Trump’s World: Russia, China, Syria, and Tillerson; Iran’s New Nuclear Plans
Chemical Weapons in Syria; Lasers!; New ISIS Weapons; And Lots More
How to Wage Hybrid War on the Kremlin
President Obama has been shamefully derelict in making Putin pay a price for his aggression. It’s time to give Vladimir a taste of his own medicine.
Climate Change Is Mauling the Arctic Worse Than We Even Thought
NOAA’s Arctic Report Card documents melting sea ice and a ticking time bomb of billions of tons of carbon.
Tillerson’s Confirmation Battle Will Be First Test for Trump’s Russia Ties
The Senate’s hawks -- and frequent Trump critics -- look to challenge the ExxonMobil CEO’s nomination to be secretary of state.
After Slaughter, a Deal for Rebels in Aleppo
Russia and the rebels both say a deal has been reached to allow rebels to leave Aleppo.
How a Fictional President Is Helping Ukrainians Rethink Their Absurd Politics
Ukraine is so corrupt that it’s hard to imagine it being otherwise. A new comedy series shows that things could be different.