No, Europe Isn’t Ambushing NATO
How to learn to stop worrying and love the EU’s new security and defense agreement.
2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.
Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Beam Me Up, Santa” Edition
Robert Mueller got hold of emails from the presidential transition and the Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. Yes, seriously.
Congressional Republicans Are Pulling a Bait-and-Switch in the Trump-Russia Investigation
Signs are mounting that the House Intelligence Committee plans on prematurely abdicating its work.
Federal Court Vacancies Are a Crisis. Military Judges Are the Solution.
A modest proposal to solve a growing problem in America’s judicial system.
Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems
And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.
Rational Security on the E.R.: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition
From possibly obstructing justice to keeping his finances under wraps, President Trump is giving new meaning to “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal
It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump — or a revelation of Robert Mueller’s weak hand.
Don’t Trust China’s Opening of Its Financial Sector
Inviting foreign investors into a closed economy is a lot easier said than done.
Vladimir Putin Isn’t as Russian as He Seems
The Russian president cloaks himself in nationalism, but that’s not where his heart is.
Flynn’s Lies Are Just the Latest in a Series
The former national security adviser's plea deal must be understood in the context of various deceits by the president and his associates.
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Power of Delusional Thinking” Edition
Mike Flynn may be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, but the president thinks there’s nothing to worry about.
America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again
When China complained about a plan for the Navy to make port calls in Taiwan, Congress listened.
All the President’s Men of the Year
Donald Trump is pining for Time magazine’s recognition, but he has competition in his own White House.
Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption
Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.
I Spent 5 Hours With Jeff Sessions So You Didn’t Have To
Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to worry about a special prosecutor, and three other takeaways from the Attorney General’s latest Congressional testimony.
Rational Security on The E.R.: The “DMs on the DL” Edition
Does democracy go down in the DMs? The folks at Lawfare discuss.
It’s the Beginning of the End of the Internet’s Legal Immunity
Congress is starting to chip away at tech companies’ claims that they're just "platforms".
Happy Anniversary to America’s Most Corrupted Election
It’s never too late to make sure future votes are secure from foreign interference. Here’s how.
The Next Phase in the War on Terror Is Here
But talk of Guantánamo, “extreme vetting,” and ending the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is just a distraction from the real threat.
Did Iran Sanctions Make the Revolutionary Guard Stronger?
Sanctions regimes aren't simple, and they only work when their negative secondary effects do not outweigh their primary achievements.
Don’t Convict Jeff Sessions of Perjury Just Yet
Not all lies, even under oath, are prosecutable crimes.
The Party’s Over for Washington’s Foreign Lobbyists
Paul Manafort's arrest was a sign that the Justice Department knows it's been too lax on foreign agents.