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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump walk along the Rose Garden colonnade as they arrive for a joint news conference at the White House, June 7, 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape

Joint military exercises have kept the relationship strong despite Trump, but that could soon change.

A Yemeni man walks past burning tires in Aden on Sept. 6. (Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen

Despite mounting violence, the United States will continue supporting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

This Davy Crockett will be displayed in the National Museum of the United States Army, under construction at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. (U.S. Army photo)

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

Smoke rises in the Syrian village of Kafr Ain in the southern countryside of Idlib province after an airstrike on Sept. 7. (Anas al-Dyab/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Threats of Military Action Against Syria’s Assad

The administration is worried about lingering Iranian and Russian influence in Syria.

A French soldier involved in the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane stands guard next to a Reaper drone at the French military air base in Niamey, Niger, on March 14, 2016. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)

Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand

Deployment of armed drones in Niger coincides with a new U.S. plan to withdraw some troops.

A Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka's Patriot Park outside Moscow on Aug. 22, 2017. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

The world’s two largest democracies have a burgeoning defense relationship. Moscow could play spoiler.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives for a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations in Stanford, California, on July 24.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Incredible Shrinking Defense Secretary

James Mattis accepts tactical retreats to retain influence with Donald Trump. But the losses are piling up.

Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO'd in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali,  Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

America Needs the Muhammad Ali Doctrine

When in doubt, Washington's foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope.

Belarus' crew on a T-72B3 battle tank competes in a final relay race of the tank biathlon competition at the International Army Games in Alabino, Moscow region, on Aug. 11. (Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The International Army Games Are Decadent and Depraved

What attending a tank biathlon outside of Moscow taught me about contemporary Russia.

Afghan residents walk near destroyed houses after a Taliban attack in Ghazni on Aug. 16. (Zakeria Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images)

One Year On, Little to Show for Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy

The Pentagon says the United States is winning the war, but after 17 years, there’s still no end in sight.

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Alan B. Norman, director and chief test pilot, and Marillyn A. Hewson, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, next to an F-35 at the White House on July 23. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump Blocks Fighter Jet Transfer Amid Deepening U.S.-Turkey Rift

The decision is a blow to Ankara but could also complicate matters for Washington.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on October 5, 2017. (Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

Space Force Is Trump’s Answer to New Russian and Chinese Weapons

But creating a new service branch is seen as a slap in the face to the Air Force.

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare on August 2, 2018.

Zimbabwe’s Opposition Is Under Attack. It Should Seek a Unity Government Before It’s Too Late.

Zanu-PF has proven time and again that it will resort to violence to stay in power. The MDC Alliance must pursue a coalition deal with President Mnangagwa, or more lives will be lost.

A vendor scurries for cover as soldiers disperse demonstrators in Harare on Aug. 1. Protests erupted in the Zimbabwean capital over alleged electoral fraud. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe Is Old Wine in a New Bottle

The government’s crackdown proves that the ruling party will hold on to power by any means necessary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on May 17. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran

The U.S. administration is reluctant to help with Syrian recovery.

Somali soldiers patrol Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia Is a Country Without an Army

The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.

Giant letters, reading the word "blockchain" are displayed at the blockchain centre, which aims at boosting start-ups, on February 7, 2018 in Lithuania's capital Vilnius.
(PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

America Needs a Blockchain Strategy ASAP

The technology behind cryptocurrency can keep the United States safe—but only if the country takes advantage of its head start.

A firing line of Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers take aim and fire at targets during a marksmanship training exercise to prepare for Operation Roundup, an SDF-led campaign to clear the last Islamic State strongholds, near Shaddadi, Syria, on May 27. (Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster/U.S. Army)

U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria

The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.

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