‘Up to Their Asses in Alligators’: Trump White House on Defensive Amid Russia Probe
Revelations about the investigations of Trump’s Russia ties distract the administration at a key moment for the neophyte president.
Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Nuclear Deal
Members of Congress considering new Iran sanctions legislation should have open eyes regarding the Trump administration's attitude toward the nuclear deal.
Venezuela’s AG Breaks Ranks With Maduro, Criticizes Court’s Congressional Takeover
The cracks in Venezuela’s chavista regime are starting to show.
Trump Hits China on Trade Ahead of Xi Meeting
The president called out China for the U.S. trade deficit and American job losses.
When Marx Meets Islam
A Chinese regulation would prohibit online insults based on religion. Some decry it as antithetical to Communist values.
You Think Your Week Sucks? Try Being Theresa May
She’s facing the EU’s guidelines for Brexit, and a request for a second Scottish independence referendum. How’s your Friday?
Bombed in Their Homes, Civilians in Mosul Blame Reckless Coalition Forces
As the war to retake the city from the Islamic State intensifies, a terrified population fears the worst.
Ukrainian State Security Officer Killed in Car Explosion in Mariupol
Fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine.
Is Serbia’s (Likely) Next President Flirting With Moscow, or Still With Europe?
Serbia’s pro-EU prime minister will likely be its next president. Why is he making arms deals with Moscow?
Mexico Can Handle Trump Just Fine
The country’s greatest obstacles are close to home, not north of the border.
France’s Socialists Are Losing to a Communist
Jean-Luc Mélenchon preaches 32-hour workweeks, rages against finance, and is reminding the French of what they once loved about hard-left politics.
Flynn’s big flip: The general doesn’t know much but the move increases pressures
The news that Michael Flynn has asked for immunity in exchange for testifying before Congress is interesting, but there may be less to it than meets the eye.
The Trump handler diaries (II): What transpired when dog caught American car
Bottomless line: I HATE being Trump’s handler.
Egypt’s Coming Revolt of the Poor
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime has exploited an IMF agreement to squeeze the lower classes and enrich a small clique of former generals.
Ukraine’s Underground AIDS-Treatment Railroad
For HIV-positive eastern Ukrainians, the struggle against Russian-backed separatists isn't just about dignity — it's about their right to stay alive.
SitRep: Flynn Wants Immunity; Three White House Officials Spoke with Nunes; Trump Opens New War Front
ISIS Numbers in Mosul; U.S. Not Interested in Ousting Assad; Putin Getting Impatient About Trump Meeting; USAF, Marines, Looking at Lasers
Nikki Haley Threatened to Withhold Backing for U.N.’s Congo Mission, Then Blinked
In search of savings, the Trump administration targets the U.N.’s largest and costliest peacekeeping missions for cuts.
Russian Interference Went Far Beyond DNC Hack, Senate Panel Hears
Experts tell congressional investigators of hacks to Clinton’s and Rubio’s email, bot swarms of false information, and the prospect of ‘information nukes’ still lurking in Russian hands.
‘If They Kill Even One Hindu, We Will Kill 100!’
Meet Yogi Adityanath, the fire-breathing Hindu nationalist monk who’s leading India’s largest state on a warpath against Muslims.
Venezuela’s Supreme Court Shuts Down Country’s Congress
Opposition members are calling the move a “coup.”
Trump Treasury Nominees Aren’t Partial To IMF Bailouts
That doesn’t bode well for Greece, which appears to be hurtling toward another default.
This Russian Lawyer’s Goal? “Get Rid of Putin’s Regime.”
Mark Feygin is working at the intersection of international relations and high profile legal cases to try to put pressure on Putin.
Stand Up for Free Speech and the CEU
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister is intent on shutting down the country's Central European University. We must not let it happen.
Trump Expands War Authorities to Target Militants in Somalia
Under a new authorization, U.S. forces are given more ability to launch attacks on al Shabab in the East African country
This Is How Five Eyes Dies
Looking back from 2019, the collapse of Western intelligence sharing under Trump was inevitable.
Nice Doing Business With You, Moscow
That Trump campaign members may have colluded with Kremlin officials is a huge problem. But that the U.S. president may still have substantial interests in Russia is an even bigger issue.
State Department Official Took ‘Tens of Thousands’ in Gifts From Chinese Spies
Candace Marie Claiborne alleged received tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Chinese agents she knew to be spies.
Five Books for a President Who Doesn’t Read
From a nonfiction book about ethics and values to a Mark Twain classic, here’s a handful of suggestions for Donald Trump’s night table.
Yemen Lashes Out At D.C. Briefing By Human Rights Activists
The Yemeni embassy seeks to discredit civil society advocates holding an event on Capitol Hill. What are they afraid of?
There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been
Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.
The Real Russian Threat to Central Eastern Europe
Neo-fascism. Russian disinformation. State-sponsored ethno-nationalism. And all around unwillingness to do much about any of it — yet.
If you want to have a decent military 10 years from now, support education now
we can expect the slashes to the education budget to halt the little educational momentum we have achieved in the last couple of decades.
Book excerpt: A Marine officer looks back on his time advising an Iraqi battalion
The United States has made a habit of trying to remake the Muslim world.
More academic news: Now you can get a master’s degree in military ethics
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Military Ethics program formalizes a field of study that contends with questions of how advancing military technologies relate to the common humanity of both enemy and ally.
Lidio Javier’s Long Journey Home
Tracing the steps of one young Mexican who died in the Arizona desert suggests Trump’s wall won’t do much to deter migrants — and could kill more like him.
SitRep: U.S. Sells More Weapons to Gulf Kingdoms; General Warns of More Civ. Casualties; Trump Out-Drones Obama
Yemen Active on Capitol Hill; Day After Mosul; U.S. Balks at U.N. Peacekeeping; Saudi’s Nascent defense Industry; China’s Spy at State
Bush’s Former CIA and NSA Director Slams Trump For ‘Delegitimizing’ Facts
Gen. Michael Hayden said Trump’s attempts to sow distrust in government would come back to bite him.
U.S. Generals Warn of More Civilian Casualties, As ISIS Wages Desperate Fight in Mosul
American military commanders are warning that more civilians will likely be put at risk during the fight to dislodge the Islamic State from Mosul, underscoring a harsh truth of urban warfare.
Senate Investigators: ‘We Will Get the Facts on Trump’s Russia Ties’
In contrast to the rancorous House Intelligence panel and its near-frozen investigation, lawmakers in the Senate vow to remain free of White House interference.
To Save Peacekeeping From Trump’s Budget Ax, Will the U.N. Embrace Fighting Terrorism?
The U.N. mission in Mali is Turtle Bay’s most controversial. But will its counterterrorism remit be just what saves it from the chopping block?
Obama’s Dream of a Nuclear-Free World Is Becoming a Nightmare
The last president wanted an end to nukes, but did nothing to achieve it. Trump won’t even talk about nonproliferation. The result is chaos.
A Turkish Banker’s Arrest Puts Spotlight on Erdogan’s Circle at Awkward Time
The U.S. arrested the Turkish executive and charged him with colluding in a multimillion-dollar scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
Has Moscow Already Taken Down the Trump Administration?
Donald Trump can’t seem to get ahead of the wave of Russia news stories, no matter how hard he tries.
Trump’s Silence on Russia’s Corruption Protests Shows Just How Big Putin Won
Taking down Hillary Clinton wasn't personal animus. It was an attack on core U.S. values.
Did Tillerson’s Beijing Visit Box Him in, or Start a Reboot?
Two perspectives on where American diplomats must go next.
Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy
Recep Erdogan's slow-motion plan to abandon democracy — and buy the West's silence — is almost complete.
Democracy Is Drowning in the Maldives
The islands' first democratically elected president is planning a return - but home may not be welcoming.
Penelope Fillon, Wife of Beleaguered French Presidential Candidate, Charged for Embezzlement of Funds
As the first round of voting draws closer, things get worse still for the Fillons.
An old salt picks his 4 favorite American admirals—and explains why (Part I)
The four flag officers on my personal list of great American naval leaders have, in addition to the usual attributes, two odd things in common.
How Russia stumbled into a winning strategy to undermine the West
As the Kremlin’s strategists look across the globe, they have reason to rejoice.
SitRep: General Says U.S. Likely Involved in Deadly Mosul Airstrike; NATO Changes Posture; Record Number of Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria
Loyalty Tests in the Pentagon; North Korea Making Drones; Tillerson Heading for NATO, Turkey
Can the Brexit Denial Finally Stop Now?
It's time for wonks to accept that a country might willingly make itself economically worse off -- and that it doesn't mean voters were hoodwinked.
‘Carlos the Jackal’ Receives Third Sentence to Life in Prison
The final chapter in a legal battle against the man who was once the world’s most wanted fugitive.
Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead?
Trump’s new enviro-rollback seeks to undermine the landmark accord, but an America First energy plan might not mean pulling out entirely.
Brazen Murder in Kiev Chills Russia’s Dissidents in Ukraine
The assassination of Putin critic Denis Voronenkov has Russian exiles wondering who's next on the Kremlin’s hit list.
Iceland’s Historic Baby Boom Comes Nine Months After Surprise Euro Cup 2016 Win
Feel free to do the math.
Trump’s Russian Headaches Continue With Congressional Allies Under Fire
Allegations that the White House may have squelched testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates ratchet up pressure on Rep. Devin Nunes.
‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan
Will the Trump administration put American interests first, or the president’s own obsession with "winning"?
Scottish Parliament Gives Go Ahead for Second Independence Referendum
But without May’s blessing, it’s a no go.
Fact Checking Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ About Mexico
Trump’s Mexico policy inventions could rupture ties and thus undermine vital U.S. national interests.
Take A Wild Ride on The Oil Price Roller Coaster
No wonder OPEC has been feeling so nauseous lately.
Book excerpt: Defense Secretary Mattis discusses his favorite books, and why
General James Mattis has accumulated perhaps one of the largest personal libraries of an active-duty military officer ever known in the modern world.
Do NCOs need to write better?: Hell no, says former enlisted guy who is a writer
If I were preparing my future NCO Corps for anything, it would be advanced math and computer skills.
Balkan Conspiracy Theories Come to Capitol Hill
A group of GOP senators is spreading false allegations from a shadowy organization and supporting the region’s corrupt and undemocratic forces.
The Most Hated Man in Russia
This weekend's protests proved one thing: From Vladivostok to Kaliningrad, everyone hates Dmitry Medvedev.
SitRep: No Change to U.S. Airstrikes Despite Rising Civilian Casualty Claims; Pentagon To Go Dark On Troop Deployments; China And Saudi Team Up
Beijing Ready To Go in SCS; North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine; Russia and Iran in Syria
The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family
And only a special counsel can find out how deep the rot goes.
As U.S. Airstrikes Rise, So Do Allegations of Civilian Deaths
A massive bombing in Mosul that may have killed as many as 200 people tops a growing list of sites where the U.S. is accused of bombing civilians.
3 Strategies U.S. Trade Partners Should Pursue Post-TPP
One might be tempted to preach patience, but it is worth remembering that the Obama administration dragged out its trade negotiations for a very long time before ultimately failing
The Apprentice, But for Real: How Some Companies Close the Skills Gap
Facing a shortfall of skilled labor for advanced manufacturing, some U.S. companies are stealing a page from the European playbook.
Trump Has a Strategy for Destroying the Islamic State — and It’s Working
It may be incremental, but it's coherent. And watch out, Iran.
Let This Hit Danish TV Series Prepare You for the Danish Prime Minister’s Visit to the United States
The show offers a (fictionalized) picture of the politics of this happy country.
Heightened Scrutiny of Iranians Shows Trump Administration ‘Extreme Vetting’ in Action
Iranians, frequent U.S. visa applicants, are facing more hurdles getting approval.
White House Rejects Claims Trump Gave Merkel Fake $376 Billion ‘Bill’ For NATO Payments
Because Trump and Merkel’s meeting went so smoothly otherwise.
Who Is the Russian Banker Who Met With Jared Kushner?
He trained at the FSB academy and runs a bank that boasts the Russian prime minister as a supervisory board member.
The Dangerous National Security Implications of Trump’s Obamacare Fiasco
Trump is the biggest loser in the Republican failure to bring Obamacare repeal to a vote.
Why I don’t like to be thanked for my service — and why getting out is good
I didn’t volunteer to make a sacrifice.
Should NCOs be required to write better?
An Australian regimental sergeant major thinks they should up their literary game.
You so smart? Then this job is for you.
I actually think lots of Best Defense readers would enjoy this gig.
Erdogan’s International Network of Muslim Cleric Spies
The hidden backstory to the latest diplomatic blowup between Turkey and Europe.
The EU Turns 60, Brexit Looms, Crackdowns in Russia and Belarus: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
Catch up on top news from the weekend.
Cutting Funding to the IAEA Is a Horrible Idea
If you care about national security or the war on terrorism, why would you cut the nuclear nonproliferation budget?
Happy Anniversary to America’s Shameful Travesty of a War in Yemen
After two years and thousands of civilian casualties, the Trump administration needs to realize it can’t win a war that has no point.
SitRep: Sources: Pentagon’s New Look at Yemen Effort; Mattis’ Letter to White House; Generals Want More in Somalia
Mosul Air Strike Blowback; U.S. Troops Blend into Mosul Fight; NATO Worried about Russia in Libya as U.S. Keeps Troops There; And Lots More
Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen
As the administration debates how to confront Iran, some in the Pentagon favor ratcheting up support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Tehran-backed Houthi rebels.
Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Discussed Booting Gulen Back to Turkey
Mike Flynn was a paid lobbyist for Turkey when he attended a meeting with Turkish officials touching on ways to remove the controversial cleric from the U.S.
The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency
While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course.
‘Russia Is a Threat … to All of Europe’
Lithuania’s president talks to Foreign Policy about Vladimir Putin's "little green men" and whether Donald Trump really believes in NATO.
Oil Companies Cool on Arctic Drilling. Trump Wants It Anyway.
It’s hard to lure Big Oil to the Big Freeze when crude is at $50 a barrel.
Heads, Beijing Wins. Tails, Hong Kong Loses.
The 2017 race for Chief Executive was supposed to be a watershed exercise in democracy. Instead, it may be a coronation.
Development and Diplomacy Are Instruments of a ‘Peace through Strength’ Foreign Policy
Instead of making slash and burn cuts at State, a top-to-bottom review is needed.
U.N. to Put Trump Appointee at Head of World Food Programme to Help Stave Off U.S. Cuts
U.N. officials hope former South Carolina Governor David Beasley can persuade his D.C. friends to spare the food agency from the White House budget axe.
Schiff: White House ‘Pushing Back’ on House Intel Investigation into Russia Ties
The chairman and ranking member of the intelligence committee are again at loggerheads, reinforcing calls for an independent investigation.
Marine Le Pen Spends One of Her Last Weeks Campaigning for French Presidency in Chad and Russia
A busy week for Le Pen as she juggles offending Chadians and posing with Putin.
Goodbye, Islamic State. Hello, Anarchy.
The forces liberating Mosul are fighting each other, and opening the door to an Islamic State resurgence.
Pessimism Is Europe’s Only Hope
On its 60th anniversary, a troubled EU should take inspiration from one of its greatest inheritances: gloomy German philosophy.
My guess: Someone in Trump camp told Russians to dump data to WikiLeaks
I think this Russia story is never going to go away.
The Canadian military’s chief chaplain explains why he visited a mosque
I wondered what the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service could do as a gesture of solidarity for Muslims who had experienced the death of six of their own.
SitRep: White House Looking at U.N. Cuts; General Warns of Russian Ties to Taliban; North Korea Readies Nuke Tests
Hill Wants New Iran Sanctions; Mosul Air Assault Numbers; China’s Island Weapons Don’t Mean Anything; Saudi and China Get Together on Drones
Further Revelations on Trump-Russia Ties Build Pressure For Independent Inquiry
New reports rattle the White House, as congressional and FBI investigations gain momentum -- but can institutions survive the stress test?
The Next Must-Watch TV Show Is Russia’s Version of ‘The Americans’
If you really want to understand how Moscow sees U.S. intelligence, turn off the congressional hearings and start watching “Adaptation.”
The Greek God of Populism
Artemis Sorras is a self-professed trillionaire, former NBA player, and aerospace genius who is persuading Greeks he can save their country. One small problem: He’s on the lam.
Here’s a Win-Win Deal for Trump: Cyprus
There's a short window to make peace in this long-running feud.
‘Last Dictator of Europe’ Earns His Title, Cracks Down on Protests
Lukashenko has long played Russia and the West off each other. But this time he’s trying to play Belarus.
How Trump Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the (Climate) Bomb
The president is ready to scrap Obama’s climate change measures.
Royal Jordanian Airlines Has the Perfect Response to Trump’s New Travel Restrictions
No laptops, says U.S. government? No problem, says Royal Jordanian.
Former Russian MP Shot Dead in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Poroshenko blames state terrorism by Russia; Kremlin spokesperson Peskov says that’s “absurd.”
Trump Administration Eyes $1 Billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping
The White House also targets hundreds of millions in funding for U.N. programs for children and the poor.
In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism
Venezuela has become a rabidly anti-American failed state that appears to be incubating the convergence of narco-trafficking and jihadism in America’s own backyard.
Book Talk, Part II: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”
From inspiring young women leaders to forging relationships with the hardest hitters on the international stage, how will Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy live on?
Islamic State Claims Credit for British-Born London Attacker
Politicians nevertheless still found a way to blame immigration.
Israel Detains U.S.-Israeli Teen Over Jewish Center Bomb Threats
Amid a wave of anti-semitic threats across the United States.
Civilians still in Raqqa are still civilians
The presence of the US 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Syria to take part in the campaign to capture Raqqa marks a significant shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East, and heralds an unknown future for the city’s civilians.
Libya Can’t Save Itself
As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.
An interesting 19th century Navy officer
Uriah P. Levy helped end flogging in the Navy, suffered from anti-Semitic attacks, and was court-martialed six times (he disliked being insulted).
SitRep: New Allegations, New Fights in Trump-Russia Probe; U.S., Allies, Push on Raqqa; Taliban Seize Key District
Tillerson Wants Safe Zones; Mattis Wants New War Authorization; Navy Wants $150 Billion; And Lots More
Wary of Protectionism, U.S. Agriculture Wages Charm Offensive to Save Mexican Exports
With talk of a trade war, tariffs, and reprisals, Mexico is looking for new suppliers of food.
Did Rex Tillerson Misspeak or Intentionally Kowtow to China?
During his visit to Beijing last weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a strange move — adopting Chinese verbiage to characterize the U.S.-China relationship.
Trump’s War on Terror Rejects Obama’s Off-Shore Balancing for Obama’s Operational Raiding
Donald Trump's approach to combating terrorism looks a lot like Obama's.
The Power Struggle for the Throne and the Saudi ‘Reset’ With Trump
Intrigue and war could complicate the budding romance between Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.
How China’s History Shapes, and Warps, its Policies Today
For Beijing, the past is exceptionally useful, and usefully exceptional.
Nunes: Intel Community Collected Information on Individuals Involved in Trump Transition
It’s not clear in what context officials were speaking with foreign officials under surveillance.
The Revolution Will Not Be Philosophized
If you choose not to condemn political violence, is that an expression of humility, or elitism?
Tillerson’s Push for Safe Zones in Iraq and Syria Faces Questions, Obstacles
Allies and activists oppose sending refugees back into a war zone
Welcome to Wimberg: Population 1,800 (+300 Refugees)
Two years after the height of the migration crisis, Germany is learning that newcomers fare best in tiny villages, not big cities.
Here’s The Newest Batch of Russia Scandals Embroiling Trump’s Ex-Campaign Chair
But wait, there’s more!
Breaking: Four Dead, At Least 10 Injured in Suspected Terror Attack in London
Details are still emerging of the suspected terrorist incident in London. Here's what we know so far.
Scots Vote on a Second Independence Referendum, Bucking Theresa May
What a long, strange, referendum-filled trip it’s been.
Army chief: Time to prepare for urban war
The U.S. Army needs to better prepare to fight in megacities, said Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief of staff, on Tuesday.
A classic book revisited: Acheson’s ‘Present at the Creation’ reminds us of how our government should work
Dean Gooderham Acheson, the son of Canadian immigrants, graduate of Groton, Yale, and Harvard Law, was probably the most consequential American diplomat of the twentieth century.
Trump’s America First Budget Puts Africa Last
Slash-and-burn cuts to the State Department and USAID would deepen the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
SitRep: Exclusive: Kushner Leaning on Allies; Ex-Trumper Manafort’s Plans for Putin; Tillerson Didn’t Want SecState
ISIS Summit Hits D.C.; North Korea Launches Another Missile; Russians Down in Syria; Israel prepares for Evacuations; And Lots More
NSA Official Suggests North Korea Was Culprit in Bangladesh Bank Heist
The deputy director of the NSA says he believes states have entered the bank-robbing business.
Tillerson Plan to Skip NATO Meeting Baffles Former Officials
Lawmakers, former officials denounce the move as 'disgraceful.'
Trump Is Scaring Indians
The immigration ban and visa restrictions has both New Delhi and America’s Indian community deeply afraid.
What Just Happened in Beijing?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson surprised many by parroting Chinese talking points, but it's unlikely to signal a policy shift.
Jared Kushner Struck Out in His First Foray Into Middle East Diplomacy
But Trump’s son-in-law succeeded in coaxing the U.K., America’s closest ally, into thwarting the Obama administration.
Rouhani, the Deceiver
Make no mistake: the Iranian president is no moderate. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing — and the Trump administration needs to bring him down.
What Does Yogi Adityanath Mean for Indian Politics?
BJP won India’s biggest state. Then they put a Hindu nationalist in power.
Justice Department Moves to Revoke U.S. Citizenship From Man Convicted in 2003 Terror Plot
Prosecutors say the Pakistani-American’s citizenship can be stripped because he lied in the immigration process and was affiliated with a terrorist group.
Citing Terror Threats, U.S. Bans Carry-On Electronic Devices From Middle East and North Africa Flights
Though the Department of Homeland Security did not reference a specific credible threat.
For 2 Hours, Europe’s Parliament Was Run by the People
The event, more symbolic than substantive, marked the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
At Comey Hearing, Mental Gymnastics on Display
If mental gymnastics were an Olympic event, yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing represented a qualifying round full of strong showings from a large number of competitors both inside and outside the room.
This Is What It Looks Like When Courts Don’t Trust the Commander in Chief
Why Donald Trump has an unprecedentedly short legal leash on national security.
Book Talk: “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”
Can Liberia’s rock-star president lead her country to another leader?
The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey
The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.
D.J. Skelton’s wild night of adventures
So....let me tell you about last night...which will go down as the GREATEST NIGHT I'VE EXPERIENCED in a long time!
Ukrainian elder statesman: How Russian hybrid war is changing the world order
Volodymyr Horbulin is one of Ukraine’s most accomplished elder statesmen.
Trump’s Big Defense Buildup Should Include a National Cyber Academy
If the United States wants to remain ahead of the forthcoming cyberwars, it’s going to need a new generation of leaders.
China and America Need a One-Korea Policy
The only way to stop North Korea is by guaranteeing the peninsula will eventually be united — and non-aligned.
SitRep: FBI Investigating Trump Moscow Ties, Demolishes Wiretap Claim; Tillerson Skips NATO for Putin Meeting; Iraqi PM Says More U.S. Help Coming
North Korea’s Uranium; Counter-ISIS Meeting in DC This Week; And Lots More
U.S. Suddenly Bans Laptops and Tablets on Some Middle Eastern Flights to America
DHS won’t talk about the rationale for the drastic change to existing policy.
Trump’s Worst Enemy Is His Own Big, Lying Mouth
The FBI, NSA, Germany, Britain, Australia: Is there anybody America's dissembler-in-chief can't alienate?
‘Benghazi on Steroids’ Russia Investigation Needs an Independent Commission
Donald Trump may hate the thought of it, but it's something he should want, too.
China’s Fear of U.S. Missile Defense Is Disingenuous
Beijing knows that THAAD in South Korea doesn’t pose a military threat to China. Its objects are entirely political.
Undocumented Immigrants May Not Find Warm Welcome in Canada
A new poll shows nearly half of Canadians want border-crossers sent back to the United States.
Will Trump Scuttle the Success of Retaking Mosul?
As President Donald Trump welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to the White House on Monday, both leaders will certainly take a moment to savor the momentum on the battlefield. But considering the challenges ahead, the Trump administration may look back on this phase as the easy part.
These Are the World’s 10 Happiest Countries
Norway beats out three-time champion Denmark as the world’s happiest country.
Comey: Yes, We’re Investigating Possible Ties Between Trump and Russia
In a rare admission, the FBI said that it has been looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election since last summer.
Europe Has a New Defender in Italy
Italy’s foreign minister launched a new pro-European Union party over the weekend.
Watch Live: House Intel Committee Digs Into Trump-Russia Ties
Watch the Congressional inquiry on alleged ties between Trump's inner circle and the Kremlin.
In future ground war, light infantry will be alone and unsupported on the battlefield
So argue two Marine officers in an interesting article in the March issue of the Marine Corps Gazette.
Missiles in North Korea, Protests in Belarus, Intelligence Hearing on The Hill: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
Catch up on all the top news you missed over the weekend.
The Refugee Puppeteer
Inside Zaatari Camp, one volunteer is on a mission to help war-weary children overcome their disabilities and fears with theater.
The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of
How President Trump might turn an all-seeing spy apparatus on innocent American citizens.
The Syrian Refugees Coming Home to Armenia
A century ago, they fled to escape the genocide in the collapsing Ottoman Empire. Now these ethnically Armenian Syrians are trying to make a new home in their old country.
Advice From Pussy Riot: How to Defy Putin and Trump
What the Russian and U.S. presidents have in common and how to defeat “all those other assholes just like them.”
Can Women Really Revolutionize Politics With Protest?
From Poland’s “Black Monday” strike to women shedding the compulsory hijab on social media, there is power in sisterhood and solidarity.
Guardian of the Girl-Child
In a Kenyan town, one woman seeks justice for victims of sexual violence neglected by an inept government and overburdened police force. To those in her community she is a meddler, avenger, and last resort. For the women she helps, she is nothing less than a savior.
The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export
The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.
Nevertheless, Her Majesty Persisted
An oppressive era and the demands of motherhood never kept Queen Victoria from embracing public power and enjoying private satisfaction.
A Blow to the Soul
A generation of innocents is going to grow up traumatized because of America’s immigration laws.
The Other Women’s Movement
They voted for Donald Trump. Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not who you think they are.
The Rapist’s Loophole: Marriage
Where — and how — legal systems around the world permit violence against women.
SitRep: Tillerson on Japanese Nukes; WH Hands Off on Troop Deployments; Abadi to Washington
Israel and Russia Talk Syria Strikes; USAF Reduces Nuke Stockpile; Germany Pushes Back on Trump’s NATO Comments; And Lots More
Sebastian Gorka May Be a Far-Right Nativist, but for Sure He’s a Terrible Scholar
A closer look at the doctoral dissertation of President Trump’s expert on “radical Islamist terrorism.”
At White House, Trump Campaigns While Merkel Champions Western Order
One person praised NATO, the Marshall Plan, immigration, and trade. And it wasn't the president of the United States.
What Should Trump Do After the Islamic State Is Defeated?
The defeat of ISIS will create new dilemmas for the Trump administration.
Democrats Need a Strong Alternative to Trump’s ‘Economic Nationalism’
Trump’s narrative is simple: Foreigners have been taking advantage of the United States and its workers.
Apache Helicopter Guns Down Boat Full of Somali Refugees Fleeing Yemen
The incident adds to horrific civilian death toll in Yemen's conflict.
A Little Advice to Europe, From Your Best Friend
Trump’s America isn’t out to undo the European Union. It just wants to update the relationship.
U.S. Says Airstrike In Syria Did Not Hit Mosque
Videos emerged of a bombed-out mosque and dozens dead after an airstrike in northern Syria, but U.S. officials say they hit al Qaeda.
Tillerson Says Military Action Against North Korea ‘On the Table,’ Then Curtails South Korea Visit, for ‘Fatigue’
Tillerson brought but one reporter along for the trip, but still managed to make headlines.
America’s Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure Is Crumbling
Leaky roofs, faulty ventilation, and encounters with snakes and rodents are par for the course at U.S. nuclear weapon facilities.