Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military
Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.
Spain’s Military Has No Time for Democracy
Retired officers nostalgic for the Franco dictatorship are denouncing the country’s elected government. King Felipe should condemn these anti-democratic forces just as his father did in 1981.
Sudan Has a Window of Opportunity. The West Shouldn’t Squander It.
The country’s democratic transition is working, but without international support, it could fail.
Trump Battled the Navy. Here Are the Casualties.
Ten takeaways from the biggest civil-military crisis (so far) of the Trump administration.
How to Make Sudan’s Revolution Succeed
Previous uprisings have failed due to squabbling among elites, poor civil-military relations, and a lack of economic development. Both sides of the transitional government must avoid past mistakes.
Iran-Backed Militias Are In Iraq to Stay
Prime Minister Mahdi is trying to bring the Popular Mobilization Forces under control of the government, but even he probably knows it won’t work.
Ethiopia Is at a ‘Very Critical Juncture’
After high-level assassinations, the country may still be in danger, says Human Rights Watch expert Felix Horne.
‘The Possibility of Violence Is Very Real’
Sudan’s transition hangs in the balance, says Zachariah Mampilly, an expert on protest movements and African politics.
The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan’s Supposed Transition
The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.
The Pakistani Military’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True
A human rights movement from Waziristan is finally bringing the country together to challenge the brass.
Poor Nation, Rich Army
This Republic Day, Pakistan should consider why it remains underdeveloped as its military booms.
Mattis Was the Best Secretary of Defense Trump Could Have Had
In grading him, we must adjust for the difficulty of the assignment.
Why America Lost in Afghanistan
Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.
Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense
His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.
Mattis’s Resignation Isn’t a Crisis Yet—But It Probably Will Be
The U.S. secretary of defense was right to resign in protest, but Trump can’t handle the consequences.
Americans’ Blind Faith in the Military Is Dangerous
U.S. citizens show deference to the armed forces regardless of their political persuasion. Their willingness to let the generals decide is a threat to the democratic tradition of civilian oversight.
How the Generals Are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon
At stake is civilian control of the military.
America’s Elite Needs to Get Back in Uniform
Military service is a unifying force in a time of deep division.
Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy
Battlefield experience shouldn’t trump the outsider benefits of civilian leadership.
Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?
President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on protests has driven the country to the brink. If the violence escalates, it could spark a refugee crisis and destabilize all of Central America.