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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 9, 2018 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin’s Endgame in Syria Has Arrived

It's not an Assad victory — it's a frozen conflict.

A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York, on Aug. 30, 2015.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Drones Don’t Wear Uniforms. They Should.

Israel’s use of consumer drones against protesters heralds a dangerous, lawless age of conflict.

Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of the Panshih supply ship after taking part in annual drills, at the Tsoying naval base in Kaohsiung on Jan. 31. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

China's leaders are giving up on political hopes of reunification — and considering military options.

An Israeli tank in the southern Gaza Strip on Sep. 1, 2005. (Abid Katib/Getty Images)

The Israelis Who Prevented a War With Iran

Netanyahu came close to ordering airstrikes in 2010 — but was thwarted by his own security chiefs.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, on September 22, 2017. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Art of the Regime Change

Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has one goal in mind — and no plan to achieve it.

Iranian soldiers march during a parade marking the country's Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The First Saudi-Iranian War Will Be an Even Fight

What happens when the Saudi military's massive budget meets Iran's mastery of asymmetric warfare? Here's a preview.

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. Army helicopter flies from Camp Shorab to Camp Bost on Sept. 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

 The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit

A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.

Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

Peacekeeper troops from Ethiopia and deployed in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) patrol in a UN vehicle at night in Abyei town, Abyei state, on December 14, 2016. (ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful

The United Nations needs to accept that it's possible to fight and broker peace agreements at the same time.

Donald Trump attends a roundtable discon April 16, 2018 in Hialeah, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Has Trump Become a Realist?

America finally has a president who grasps the basic logic of offshore balancing in the Middle East.

Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon return to Andrews Air Force in Maryland on Jan. 18, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Syria Strategy Makes Perfect Sense

There's only one way to accomplish all of America's goals in Syria: cooperating with Russia.

Donald Trump speaks to the nation, announcing military action against Syria for the recent apparent gas attack on its civilians, at the White House, on April 13, 2018. (Mike Theiler - Pool/Getty Images)

America’s First Reality TV War

The Trump administration's latest missile strikes in Syria were never going to accomplish anything. But the show must go on.

A Syrian man looks at a building fire following regime bombardment in Douma, one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on March 23. (Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Cold War Is Boiling Over in Syria

Trump’s latest airstrikes are a new U.S.-Russian missile crisis that risks devastating escalation.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

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