Want to Win the Midterms? Spend Less on War
The intensification of the liberal-neoconservative alliance under Trump is not good news for Democrats.
The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy
Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.
The Future of War Will Be ‘Liked’
In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.
Syria’s Three Wars
With battles raging in Idlib, near the Golan Heights, and in the country's east, the civil war is far from over.
Taiwan Can Win a War With China
Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.
Google Maps Is a Better Spy Than James Bond
Open-source intelligence is a vital tool for governments—and for checking them.
Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy
Battlefield experience shouldn’t trump the outsider benefits of civilian leadership.
The Coming Crime Wars
Future conflicts will mostly be waged by drug cartels, mafia groups, gangs, and terrorists. It is time to rethink our rules of engagement.
A Million Mistakes a Second
Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly.
Books in Brief: Fresh Reads on WWII Maritime History, Clipper Ships, and Cambodian Refugees
Foreign Policy staffers review recent releases.
Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels
Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.
America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why
The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.
Will Congo Go to the Polls—Or Go to War?
The government claims the country is having an election. Fighters in the East are preparing for battle.
The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost
Bashar al-Assad won. It’s worth thinking about why the United States didn’t.
Robert Mueller Is Fighting a War
The special prosecutor's latest indictments prove he's waging more than just a legal battle.
Les Monstres Among Us
Two French best-sellers draw warnings for the present from the stories of Hitler’s henchmen.
Books in Brief: The Latest Reads on the Financial Crisis, the Rwandan Genocide, and What It Means to Be a Nation
Also: Works on India’s rise, the history of U.S. trade politics, and social media’s role in modern conflicts.
Pride and Prejudice in Tehran
To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.
It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan
From alienating allies to starting trade wars, Trump has made plenty of foreign-policy errors. But his biggest blunder is the one Obama handed him.