National Security

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order imposing new sanctions on Iran as Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin look on, in the White House on June 24.

To Make Maximum Pressure Work, Washington Should Cancel Iran Nuclear Waivers

Iran is flouting and bypassing its nonproliferation promises. If Trump is serious about stopping an Iranian bomb, he should cancel or suspend nuclear waivers for the Fordow and Arak facilities.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to new National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien in Los Angeles on Sept. 18.

Can O’Brien Succeed as National Security Advisor?

Maybe, but only if he realizes what his real job is—and if the president lets him do it.

Then-U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton departs the White House on April 26.

Bolton Leaves the National Security Council in Ruins

The former Trump advisor helped trash the institution—but the process began long before he was hired.

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The Revolving Door of Trump’s Apprentices

Who got the ax—and who resigned in the nick of time.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security advisors Michael Flynn, H.R. McMaster, and John Bolton.

Bolton Only Made It 520 Days as National Security Advisor

This chart shows how that compares to the last 30 years of U.S. presidential security aides.

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy listens during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling

Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.

A strong wind blows embers around a resident hosing his burning property during the Creek Fire in Sunland, California, on Dec. 5, 2017.

Trump’s Shadow War on Climate Science

The resignation of a State Department official is the latest instance of a systematic suppression of evidence, former officials and whistleblowers say.

The stage for the first U.S. Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, on June 26,

Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.

White House National Security Council aide Fiona Hill sits with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and others during the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.

Trump’s Top Russia Aide to Depart

Fiona Hill will be replaced by the arms control expert Tim Morrison, signaling a possible shift toward nuclear talks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2015. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Bolton Builds Anti-China Campaign at the U.N.

The U.S. national security advisor, who has largely ignored the United Nations, is suddenly concerned that Beijing has too much influence there.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement announcing his departure from the State Department on March 13, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Vacancies Increase Embassy Security Risks, Report Warns

Diplomats and their families could be in jeopardy, but the Trump administration has no plans to address the issue, the Government Accountability Office says.

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In Cyberwar, There are No Rules

Why the world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions.

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.
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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.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

Chinese Investment in the U.S. Tanks Amid Major Policy Crackdowns

With or without a trade war, Chinese foreign direct investment to the United States won’t stop tumbling anytime soon.

Donald Trump sings the national anthem with a U.S. Army chorus during a "Celebration of America" event on the south lawn of the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s America the Safest Country in the World?

The world is less dangerous than it was a year ago — but the long-term trends, if you're not American, have gotten cloudier.

A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet touching down at Gwangju Air Base in South Korea on Dec. 1, 2017. (Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)

What’s Driving the U.S. Air Force Pilot Shortage?

It’s not leadership or combat culture driving pilots out of the service.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stands watch as a crowd of overseas visitors to the U.S. wait in line to pass through Customs January 5, 2004 at JFK airport in New York City. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Who Can Challenge the No-Fly List?

A prominent Pakistani doctor suspects he is on the no-fly list. He’s demanding the right to find out why.

National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak during a cabinet meeting at the White House on April 9.
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Bolton’s Pick for Deputy Could Roil Pentagon Relations

Mira Ricardel clashed with Defense Secretary James Mattis’s team in the early days of Trump’s presidency.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

A Chinese Communist Party flag is displayed at an exhibition showcasing China's progress in the past five years at the Beijing Exhibition Center on Oct. 10, 2017. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party Is Setting Up Cells at Universities Across America

It’s a strategy to tighten ideological control. And it’s happening around the world.

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