Zelensky Flounders in Bid to End Ukraine’s War
Pushing a controversial peace agreement, the new president faces blowback in Kyiv that he may not be able to overcome.
The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya
The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria
A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.
Saudi Arabia’s Self-Fulfilling Houthi Prophecy
The Yemeni minority group hardly had anything to do with Iran—until the Saudis got involved.
Why Indians and Pakistanis Want a War
Most South Asians are too young to have experienced the horrors of the conflicts fought in the region. That’s one reason why they’re quick to clamor for one.
We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.
After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.
The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area’s autonomous status and what it means for the region.
There Once Was a President Who Hated War
American elites used to see war as a tragic necessity. Now they’re completely addicted to it.
Transcript Shows That Kissinger Dreaded All-Out Israeli Victory in Yom Kippur War
Then-U.S. secretary of state feared too much winning would make Israel harder to influence.
Restraint Isn’t Isolationism—and It Won’t Endanger America
Critics of offshore balancing claim a more restrained U.S. foreign policy will breed insecurity. They’re wrong, and their arguments are easily debunked.
Limited Wars Are Forever Wars
A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.
Assad Hasn’t Won Anything
After years of bloody warfare, it’s time to recognize what the Syrian dictator rules over: a chronically violent and chaotic failed state.
The Military Aren’t Heroes or Villains. They’re Us.
The gap between soldiers and civilians is hurting democracies.
Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.
Elaine Chao Learned From the Best
The transportation secretary is part of a long line of individuals who’ve bridged China and the United States—and done well for themselves in the process.
Hezbollah Isn’t Iran’s Favorite Proxy Anymore
As tensions with Washington rise, Tehran has discovered the Lebanese militia isn’t up for doing its dirty work.
Document of the Week: The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on WMDs in Iraq
The Iraq intelligence debacle casts a shadow over the U.S. assessment of a threat from Iran.
The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan’s Supposed Transition
The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagalo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.
Beijing Eyes Afghanistan’s Intimate Wars
Afghan militia members driven from their homes square off against Uighur exiles.