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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

California sign says nuclear-free zone

The Global Networks Working to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

A web of treaties, agreements, and nonprofits is dedicated to curbing nukes. Some hope to get rid of them altogether.

Singaporean, Chinese, and French naval vessels sail near Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 15, 2017.

Chinese-U.S. Split Is Forcing Singapore to Choose Sides

There is no sweet spot to keep both Beijing and Washington happy, but that hasn’t kept Singapore from trying.

France’s military drawdown in the Sahel is announced.

France Bids Adieu to Its Military Mission in West Africa

But banishing the neocolonial approach is easier said than done.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.

How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World

In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.

Sailors move an X-47B combat drone aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2013.

Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

A new generation of AI-enabled drones could be used to terrible ends by rogue states, criminal groups, and psychopaths.

Arakan protesters hold banners and flags during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar.

Will More Ethnic Minority Organizations Join Myanmar’s Revolution?

The deposed civilian government’s bad relations with some groups undermine the unity of the anti-coup movement.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Russia Policy Puts Biden Under Pressure Across Europe

Ukraine has the most to gain in Biden’s emerging Russia policy—and the most to lose.

A man works at an Indian ordnance factory.

India Drops a Bombshell

The country is abolishing its centuries-old Ordnance Factory Board. That won’t fix the problems that plague its military equipment.

A picture taken on an army-organized press tour shows Lebanese army commandos standing on a hill they recently took from the Islamic State in Jurud Ras Baalbek on the Lebanese-Syrian border on Aug. 28, 2017.

The Lebanese Army Needs Cash

The force is the United States’ best partner in the country, but should Washington pay up?

Protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Military Is a Force of Chaos, Not Stability

The junta says it is keeping the country together. Governments must stop buying its brutal excuses.

A soldier stands next to kidnapped girls.

Nigeria’s Military Is Part of the Problem. It’s Also the Solution.

Soldiers don’t belong on the streets—and the army is uniquely placed to pressure the government for police reforms to tackle rampant insecurity.

Myanmar nationals hold a vigil in Thailand

Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations

The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts missiles.

Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

The recent war in Gaza exposes the limits of a key pillar of the country’s defense strategy.

Soldiers and police gather during protests in Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Opposition Wants U.S. Intervention. Here Are Some Options.

Washington has choices, from imposing no-fly zones to tightening sanctions.

With the help of an interpreter (center), an Afghan National Army doctor (left) speaks with a U.S. Army advisor.

Inside Washington’s Fight to Save Afghans Who Saved Americans

Afghan interpreters were promised U.S. visas. Now, red tape may cost them their lives.

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Cali, Colombia, on April 29.

In Colombia, Violence Against Protesters Is Exploding

The United States should invoke the Leahy Law to stop paying for it.

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