February 2018

A Palestinian woman takes a picture of a member of the Israeli security forces as he takes her picture in a street in Jerusalem on December 16, 2017.

For Whom the Cell Trolls

A new book argues that modern wars will be won with phones and laptops rather than tanks.

An officer speaks into a radio transmitter at a prison in China. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

How one university student was almost buried by the "people's war on terror."

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin shows satellite photos of illicit North Korean shipping activity, Feb. 23, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Busting North Korea’s Sanctions-Evading Fleet

Washington aims to chase Pyongyang's illicit traders from the seas. It may be too late to matter.

A patient receives cupping treatment by a doctor at a Chinese medicine clinic in Hong Kong.

Is China the World Leader in Biomedical Fraud?

Xi Jinping should be promoting evidence-based medicine, not quackery.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio, on Jan. 14, 2012. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck

Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Feb. 3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senator Raises Alarm Bells on Diversity at U.S. Foreign Aid Agency

New leadership at Millennium Challenge Corporation comes under scrutiny after “disturbing” comments by a senior official and concerns over Trump’s pick to head the agency.

Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China’s Stability Myth Is Dead

With Xi Jinping's great power comes great irresponsibility.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster

Xi Jinping's dictatorship isn't what the end of history was supposed to look like.

Nanette Castillo grieves next to the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants in Manila on Oct. 3, 2017.

Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs

Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help.

H.R. McMaste delivers his speech on day two of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich on February 17, 2018. (Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster Gives a Belated Russian Lesson

It's time for Americans to add a new Russian word to their strategic lexicon.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush stand side by side after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump

From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.

The World Bank headquarters in Washington on May 8, 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work

They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.

Korean People's Army soldiers watch a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

5 Myths About Trump’s North Korea Policy

America’s North Korea strategy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but that hasn't stopped critics from distorting the problem.

Activits hold Syrian flags as they take part in a protest marking the 6th years since the beginning of the syrian uprising organized by Syrian organization "Femmes pour la Démocratie" (Womens for Democracy) during Syria peace talks in Geneva on March 23, 2017.
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Women Write Better Constitutions

If you want to form a more perfect union, in Syria or elsewhere, you can’t rely on men.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk  during a Pentagon briefing in Arlington, VA, on May 19, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition

With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 10, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

A Former Peace Negotiator Muses on Trump and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

More than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, we’ve seen what appears to be a fundamental shift in U.S. policy toward Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Emmanuel Macron gestures as he gives a speech during a campaign meeting in Marseille on April 1, 2017.  (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron Wants YOU for the French Army

Mandatory military conscription is the French equivalent of Donald Trump’s wall — a pet project that’s become a political albatross.

Penitents crucify a statue of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday procession in Sicily on April 6, 2012. (MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

Burundian children, who fled their country, stand behind a fence as they wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West.

An oil rig in the Tamar field off Israel's coast in 2013. It was the first major find in the Eastern Mediterranean and will supply natural gas for export to Egypt. (Noble Energy)

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Eastern Mediterranean energy patch is hot — unfortunately, in more ways than one.

An Iranian woman prays as she attends Christmas Eve mass at the St Joseph Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2016.        (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians

Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the  Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

At the Munich Security Conference, the United States Lacked Bravery and Leadership

The Trump administration looked small and inconsequential on the international stage.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers

An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Feb. 20.
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Trump’s Attempt to Strike “Ultimate” Middle East Deal Faces New Setback

Mahmoud Abbas challenges American leadership of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at the United Nations.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, speak to the media following talks in Berlin on June 27, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on Oct. 1, 2017. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethiopia’s Great Rift

Will a power struggle within the ruling party lead to reform — or more repression?

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The Best International Relations Schools in the World

The latest ranking of the top 50 IR programs for undergraduates, master's, and Ph.D.s.

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America’s IR Schools Are Broken

There’s a lot of innovation on the surface, but the rot runs deep. Here’s how to fix it.

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It’s Never Been a Better Time to Study IR

Donald Trump has changed the world — and some people will understand it better than others.

MUNICH, GERMANY : National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Security Brief: U.S. Officials Reassure Allies in Munich; Mueller Indicts 13 Russians

Trump administration officials spent the weekend in Munich telling their European counterparts to please ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and to focus on their more sober-minded statements.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg answers journalists' questions as he arrives to attend the 54th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16. (Andreas Gebert/AFP/Getty Images)

If America Is First, Is NATO Second?

An interview with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak in a press conference in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 16, 2018. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey

The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.

Trump and Putin speak at an APEC meeting in Nov. 2017. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

A birthday card! An all-American trip! Tweets! Stolen American identities!

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The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance

FP published a draft government report calling for the screening of Sunni Muslims. How do such reports come to be?

North Korean soldiers watch a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Brussels on February 14, 2018. (VIRGINIA MAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.

Illuminated portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on display amid the night skyline in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Nov. 25, 2016. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

All Eyes on North Korea

Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.

Henry IV, king of the Germans, surrenders his crown to Pope Gregory VII, who sits enthroned. (Woodcut by John Foxe/Rare Books and Manuscripts Library/Ohio State University Libraries/Wikimedia Commons)

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

In capitulating on the issue of bishop appointments, the Vatican would lose a 1,000-year struggle.

Vladimir Putin signs a natural gas pipeline in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok on September 8, 2011. (DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trojan Horse of Russian Gas

Energy resources aren’t just a commodity – they’re a vehicle for Russia’s political ambitions.

Pope Francis in a procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before Ash Wednesday mass on February 14, 2018 in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.

U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

A statue of John Carroll, founder of Georgetown University, sits before Healy Hall on the school's campus August 15, 2006 in Washington, DC. Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and it is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the U.S.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Chinese Government Gave Money to Georgetown Chinese Student Group

Growing party influence on campuses nationwide has cast a pall over academic freedom.

South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his face with his hand as he answers hostile questions at the South African parliament in Cape Town on August 6, 2015.

Zuma Has Fallen

South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.

A man collects drinking water from taps in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 15, 2017. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?

As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.

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

Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending America Means Defending Democracy

With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at Stanford University on Jan. 17, 2018 in California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

The secretary of state’s freeze on hiring diplomats’ family members at understaffed embassies is ending, but it left resentment in its wake.

Faraj Ghazi al-Jamous, a Syrian refugee who was prevented from travel to the United States due to President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, holds out a certificate provided by the International Organisation of Migration verifying that he "completed an intensive cultural orientation course" for resettlement, in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1, 2017. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.

An Iranian medium range missile passes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) during a military parade on September 22, 2017 in Tehran.

Length Doesn’t Matter

The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.

A man looks at a caricature depicting Russian Premier Vladimir Putin as Leonid Brezhnev on his computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2011. 
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Putin Isn’t a Genius. He’s Leonid Brezhnev.

Why Russia’s strongman economy can’t reform.

The logo of news website BuzzFeed is seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014.   (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier

Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government’s response to Russian election interference. Now he’s helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire’s lawsuit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a map in his country at his residence of Novo-Ogaryevo outside Moscow, on Aug. 11, 2006. (Dmitry Astakhov)

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology

The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.

A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on February 10, 2018, shows the remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

FP Security Brief: Syrian and Israeli Forces Clash; Israeli F-16 Downed

Israeli and Iranian forces directly clash for the first time since 1982.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Oct. 30, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski      /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut

A budget deal ended a government shutdown, but it could gut funding for America’s diplomacy and development programs.

Donald Trump and Miss America contestants at Trump Tower, in New York on May 8, 2012.

The Teflon Don

Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) waits off stage before announcing he will not support President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 18, 2015 in South Orange, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Top Democrat’s Return Sows Uncertainty for Iran Deal

Iran hawk Bob Menendez’s reinstatement as top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter politics around the nuclear deal.

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a rally in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 30. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Mexico Ready for a Populist President?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ascension seems like an increasingly good bet.

Performers entertain the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

And the Gold Medal for Vomiting Goes to…

There’s a sudden outbreak of the nasty, fast-spreading norovirus — right near South Korea’s Olympic Village

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses sanctions and the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on Oct. 13, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Use of Sanctions May Be Unsustainable

The president risks weakening one of America's most formidable policy tools.

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

Hypocritic Oath

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

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP - MARCH 22: Thousands of Palestinians carry the coffin of Hamas Founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin during his funeral on March 22, 2004 in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Yassin was targeted and killed in an Israeli helicopter attack March 22, 2004 after leaving a mosque in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Getty Images)

How Far is Too Far for Israel’s Targeted Killings?

Ronen Bergman discusses his new book, Rise and Kill First.

Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw on November 11, 2017.

Poland’s Holocaust Denialism Will Come Back to Haunt It

Polish leaders thought peddling historical revisionism at home had no consequences; now, it could threaten two crucial alliances.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

North Koreans attend a mass rally in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Dec. 1, 2017. (Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Get Serious About Human Rights in North Korea

More than 20 million North Koreans have their human dignity trampled upon daily. The United States should do more for them.

An Iranian man reads a copy of the daily newspaper 'Omid Javan' bearing a picture of US President Donald Trump on Oct. 14, 2017, in front of a kiosk in Tehran. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is All Talk On Iran

The president has wooed Saudi Arabia and Israel with promises to roll back Iranian influence — but he has so far failed to match those words with action.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba Is Making the Crisis in Venezuela Worse

Putting pressure on Caracas means holding Havana accountable.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 11, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Serving Under Trump Is Not a Crime

Officials in both parties urgently need to assure diplomats that working for the Trump administration won’t derail their future careers.

Turkish tanks pass front of a giant poster of Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 30,2014 in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.

Vladimir Putin walks near a new Russian fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 on June 17, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment

Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.

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

The Trouble Before the Storm

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

Workers building pipes in the production hall at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon  in Sassnitz, Germany on Oct. 19, 2017. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

What’s Good for Russian Gas Is Good for America

Washington's opposition to a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany has never made sense.

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

The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

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

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington, D.C., on Sep. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree

Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.

Two Muslim women stand near a fence across the street from the White House before the start of a protest against the Trump administration's proposed travel ban, in Washington on Oct. 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants

Those fitting broad “at-risk” profiles would be targeted for continuous vetting.

A picture taken on February 3, 2018, shows smoke billowing from the site of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

SitRep: Russian Jet Shot Down Over Syria; Israeli Targeted Killings

A new case of MANPAD usage in Syria; Ronen Bergman provides a new history of Israeli targeted killings.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

Fireworks explode as singer Katy Perry performs during the Super Bowl halftime show at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1, 2015. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What Would Happen if Terrorists Attacked the Super Bowl With Drones?

Small unmanned aircraft are a threat to high-profile events, but taking them down safely is almost impossible.

A Palestinian boy holds a bunch of plastic flowers as he plays on the rubble of assassinated Hamas interior minister Said Siam's apartment building during a Hamas rally in Jabalia, on January 20, 2009. Arab leaders today pledged "all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza" but failed to set up a specific fund for the war-battered Palestinian enclave, as they wound up a two-day summit. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

How Israel Won a War but Paid a High Moral Price

A decade of targeted assassinations has pushed the boundaries of Israel's laws and military ethics — and harmed its image across the globe.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Audit America’s Secrets

Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians.

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of House Intelligence Committee, attends a lunch on Feb. 1, 2018 at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Memo Raises Unlikely Claims About Surveillance Warrant

Could a Trump aide have been targeted based on the famous dossier?

Palestinian schoolgirls and women attend a protest in the southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah on March 8, 2010. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Palestinian Budget Cuts

By cutting aid to Palestinian refugees, the United States is undermining stability in the entire region.

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

The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough

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

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 12: The Olympic Rings on the beach at Gangneung ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on January 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Olympics on the E.R.: Olympic Figure Skater Sasha Cohen Weighs in on the 2018 Games

In part two of our Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman and FP reporter Emily Tamkin chat with Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen ahead of the games in Pyeongchang.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in Mexico City on Feb. 23, 2017.
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Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of ‘Imperial’ Chinese Ambitions

The secretary of state kicks off his multicountry tour trying to get the region to rally behind Trump.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?

The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.

The Greek port of Piraeus on Jan. 31, 2015. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is China Buying Up Europe’s Ports?

State-owned port operators are the aggressive leading edge of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road project.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sworn in at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1, 2017. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson

The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.

Adolf Hitler marches into the arena at the opening ceremony of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. (E. E. Williams/Keystone/Getty Images)

The Olympics on The E.R.: What Can We Learn From Past Games Ahead of Pyeongchang?

In part one of our two-part Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman calls up two historians to ask what we can learn from past games ahead of the kick off in South Korea on February 9.

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho during the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Didn’t Understand His Own State of the Union Guest

Ji Seong-ho is a symbol of how North Korea’s perfidy extends far beyond its nuclear program.

A computer monitor displays a map available on the Strava website in Washington on Jan. 29. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit

The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.

Four Grotesque Male Heads. (Wenzel Hollar/Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University)

Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?

"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.

Students watch a street parade in China's southern Hainan province on November 7, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself

The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.

Ramzan Kadyrov waves to the crowd in the Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, in March 2014. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is This Man Still on Twitter?

Banned by law from other US social media, Ramzan Kadyrov is still tweeting

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

12 Depressing Previews of America’s Next War

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

A school that was used by the Islamic State's fighters in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s War on Families Never Ended

The Islamic State's campaign for the hearts and minds of Syrian children may have laid the groundwork for its resurgence.

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