Can an American Soldier Ever Die in Vain?
What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and "Lone Survivor" teach us about the danger of refusing to confront futility in war.
10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers
How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.
Portrait of the Army as a Work in Progress
The service's plan to revamp itself for the post-post-9/11 world is ambiguous and rife with contradiction. That's what makes it brilliant.
Arctic Sovereignty: A Short History
How a frigid no man's land became one of the most hotly contested territories on Earth.
The United States has spent $1 billion on a weapon that has no mission. And started an arms race with China in the process.
The Looming Robotics Gap
Why America's global dominance in military technology is starting to crumble.
Law & Order: Rogue States Unit
What a peek inside America's prisons can tell us about U.S.-Iran relations.
Epiphanies from Hank Paulson
The former U.S. Treasury secretary on China's economy, bitcoin, and the problem with new ideas.
‘The State Doesn’t Exist for You’
Israel says it wants to lift its Bedouin citizens out of poverty. But it keeps demolishing their villages.
The Musharraf Boomerang
Could the new Pakistani government’s pursuit of the country’s former dictator be its own undoing?
Putin’s Empire of the Mind
How Russia's president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he'll do next.