National Security

Members of the Broadway cast of 'Hamilton,' perform music from the production for President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and other guests in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2016 in Washington.

Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.

Former national security officials are ditching their jobs in the Beltway to run for Congress.

Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office

More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.

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The Pandemic and the Protests

How Trump’s response to both endangers U.S. national security.

People protesting the death of George Floyd hold up placards near the White House in Washington on May 31.

An Appeal to the National Security Community to Fight Racial Injustice

Two former U.S. officials argue there is no security abroad without justice at home.

Soil containing rare earth minerals prepares to be loaded at a port in China.

U.S. Falters in Bid to Replace Chinese Rare Earths

Despite new legislation, Washington won’t be delivering critical minerals needed for defense, high tech, and energy.

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Coronavirus Fears Are a National Security Crisis

Here’s how to arm yourself for the health catastrophe caused by public anxiety.

U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien walks onstage during the seventh summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019.

Robert O’Brien Is the Anti-Bolton

The quiet successor to Trump’s fiery former national security advisor couldn’t be more different. And he wants to stay that way, aides say.

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.