War

An American propaganda poster from World War II.

The Coronavirus War Economy Will Change the World

When societies shift their economies to a war footing, it doesn’t just help them survive a crisis—it alters them forever.

People inspect the damage inside a building following a rocket attack by forces loyal to eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The Libyan Civil War Is About to Get Worse

None of the parties involved is serious about reaching a political settlement, meaning the conflict could kill many more this year.

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

The United States Wants Peace. The Taliban Wants an Emirate.

The two sides smiled for the cameras at their historic ceremony in Doha, but they couldn’t hide why they've been enemies for decades.

Syrian people displaced from the south of Idlib province arrive at a camp for the internally displaced

Desperate, Thousands of Syrians Flee Toward Turkish Border

With bloodshed and tensions rising between Syria and Turkey, the last rebel holdout of Idlib is turning into the biggest humanitarian crisis of the war.

A pilot grasps a flight control and weapons firing stick while preparing to launch a U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.

The Killer Algorithms Nobody’s Talking About

Activists fret about armies relying on killer robots, but some forms of artificial intelligence that don’t actually pull the trigger could still be a nightmare

A Turkish bombardment on Syria's northeastern town of Ras al-Ain.

Is the World Getting Safer?

New research debunks the theory that wars are becoming less deadly and less frequent.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Is Preemptive Assassination the New Trump Doctrine?

Many thought the United States got beyond this immoral and illegal approach after the disaster of the Iraq War. Apparently not.

Iranian mourners lift a picture of slain military commander Qassem Suleimani during a funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6.

Why Iran May Not Be Satisfied with a ‘Slap’ at Trump

Tehran may not rush to retaliate again, but it will be looking for new ways to drive the U.S. out of the Middle East.

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Our Top 5 Debunkers of 2019

Russian expansionism is overhyped and Huawei isn’t the untouchable behemoth we think it is. Here are our top Debunkers of 2019.

A fighter loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020         

Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both through violence and diplomacy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Leader to Face Down Putin for First Time

Volodymyr Zelensky is walking a fine line as he seeks peace with Russia without being seen as ceding too much in return.

A member of law enforcement stands at attention in front of a map of the world at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference in Miami on June 11, 2007.

How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War

The U.S. military is focused on future fights against China and Russia—but it could be playing right into their hands.

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies over the National Mall during the Arsenal of Democracy, a World War II flyover for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, in Washington on May 8, 2015.

Wall Street Was America’s First Foe in World War II

Breaking up monopolies was the first step in fighting Hitler.

A boy living in a derelict building damaged during the Angolan civil war is seen through a hole in Kuito, in Angola’s Bie province, on June 2.

Africa’s ‘Civil Wars’ Are Regional Nightmares

Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.

An election campaign poster for President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario

The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.

Demonstrators hold smoke grenades as they gather in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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.

Migrants at a detention center in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, on June 17, 2017.

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.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. special operations forces, looks out from a building at the front line in Raqqa, Syria, on Oct. 16, 2017.

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.

Newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle during a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities, on Jan. 3, 2017.

Saudi Arabia’s Self-Fulfilling Houthi Prophecy

The Yemeni minority group hardly had anything to do with Iran—until the Saudis got involved.

Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

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.