Military

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

Pakistan Army and Coronavirus

In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip

As military expenditure soars in Pakistan despite an unprecedented economic catastrophe, Khan’s power looks to be waning.

A U.S. Marine takes position

The Tip of the American Military Spear Is Being Blunted

Reforms to the Marine Corps may be necessary to face China, but Congress needs to ask hard questions.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, with US President Donald Trump, speaks on vaccine development on May 15 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test

Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks alongside President Donald Trump at the White House.

White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections

The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

Nairobi, Kenya, which has seen rapid economic expansion in recent years, is seen through a crisscross of electrical lines on May 16, 2019.

Kenya’s Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County

The handover of municipal services to military officers makes clear how the president wants to wield power.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Washington on June 1.

America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster

Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics, including the election campaign.

Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations, points to the newly designed rank insignia of a Space Force officer

Pentagon Not Ready for Space Fight, Experts Say

The Defense Department hasn’t done enough to secure satellites and prepare for greater militarization of space, experts say, as it rolls out a new strategy for the domain.

A German soldier holds a machine gun during military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on Oct. 14, 2016.

The Sorry State of Germany’s Armed Forces

Trump’s calls to withdraw U.S. troops from the country are impulsive, but Germany isn’t blameless.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost

In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally aboard the USS Iowa on Sept. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Veterans Fear Trump Will Use Military as Election Gambit

Trump resuming campaign rallies has veterans nervous that U.S. troops could find themselves in the political crossfire.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with an F-35 fighter plane pilot

Defund the Police, Then Defund the Military

Democrats used to have a clearer agenda for cracking down on an out-of-control military. It’s time to bring that back.

Members of the Nigerian and U.S. military stand next to some of the 24 armored vehicles donated to the Nigerian government in Lagos on Jan. 7, 2016.

America’s Disdain for Black Lives Extends to Africa

Increased militarization on the continent under Trump is part of a long history of institutionalized racism in U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. Park Police stand watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1 as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd.

Will U.S. Protests and Crackdowns Damage America’s Global Image?

Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?

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