Security

A portrait of Brent Scowcroft in the offices of a midtown law firm in New York City on Feb. 4, 1988.

Brent Scowcroft, Former U.S. National Security Advisor, Dies at 95

A key foreign-policy guide to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, Scowcroft helped shape the National Security Council as we now know it.

A boy herds sheep in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq on Nov. 11, 2016.

Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict

Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.

Brent Scowcroft testifies during a hearing before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 8, 2012.

Scowcroft Trusted America

Washington’s honest broker built a National Security Council that placed a lot of power in the hands of a trusted few—despite the chance that those hands might belong to someone like Trump.

Children talk with soldiers in a municipality of Chocó, Colombia, on June 9, 2017. The area has grown used to the sight of heavily armed soldiers and continues to see swarms of villagers displaced by clashes between armed groups.

In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups

Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.

In this photo illustration, a mobile phone featuring the TikTok app is displayed next to the American flag.

Beijing’s Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms

A forced sale may create another hurdle for U.S. companies operating in China.

A satellite image shows Gaza City and the Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2018.

Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore

For more than 20 years, an obscure U.S. law concealed satellite imagery of Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. Because of an abrupt reversal, satellite technology can now be used to defend Palestinians’ human rights.

The main gate of the United States European Command headquarters at the Patch Barracks.

‘It’s Hard to Be in Limbo,’ as COVID-19 Plays Havoc With Military Moves

It’s hard enough to make a permanent change of station overseas. Military families are finding it agonizing in a pandemic-torn world.

A man walks through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

The U.S. Is a Haven for Money Laundering. That Might Be About to Change.

Tucked into the sprawling defense authorization bill are measures to create a corporate ownership registry, which would plug one of America’s glaring gaps.

A man paints a sign during a protest against the killing of Black people during police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro on May 31.

Brazil Halts Police Raids in Favelas

It is only temporary—and poorly enforced—but the move does represent a first step in overcoming decades of brutality.

The ByteDance logo is seen on a building in Beijing

Trump Can’t Ban TikTok, but He Can Hurt It

Banning a free app is probably impossible, but U.S. authorities have a large toolbox.

The logo of the video-sharing app TikTok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris on Nov. 21, 2019.

TikTok Really Is the Central Front in the U.S.-China Tech War

The video app has gone viral worldwide—and will set the precedent for how free societies handle China’s social networks.

The photo shows a physical imitation of a bitcoin in Dortmund, western Germany, on Jan. 27.

Twitter Got Lucky With the Great Bitcoin Heist

The social media giant’s security failures could have allowed far more damage.

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