War

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower at NATO's Paris headquarters in 1951. (AFP/Getty Images)

Want to Win the Midterms? Spend Less on War

The intensification of the liberal-neoconservative alliance under Trump is not good news for Democrats.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

(Illustration by Matt Chase for Foreign Policy)

The Future of War Will Be ‘Liked’

In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.

Syria Civil Defence volunteers attempt to put out a fire in rebel-held Idlib province on Feb. 7. (Amer Alhamwe/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Taiwanese soldiers simulate fending off an attempted invasion during an annual drill at the military base in Hualien on Jan. 30. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan Can Win a War With China

Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.

Destruction in Al Habit on the southern edges of the rebel-held Idlib province of Syria after strikes by Russian-backed government forces on Sept. 9. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Maps Is a Better Spy Than James Bond

Open-source intelligence is a vital tool for governments—and for checking them.

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Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy

Battlefield experience shouldn’t trump the outsider benefits of civilian leadership.

Community police patrol the hills in Carrizalillo, Guerrero state, one of Mexico’s most dangerous, crime-ridden regions, on March 24. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy.

A Million Mistakes a Second 

Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly. 

Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on May 10. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo's Army at a hilltop outpost in Chanzu in the eastern North Kivu region, November 5, 2013.

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.

A picture taken on March 1, 2018 shows a member of the Russian military police standing guard between the portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) hanging outside a guard-post at the Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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 speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters June 25, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller Is Fighting a War

The special prosecutor's latest indictments prove he's waging more than just a legal battle.

Andrea Ucini illustration for Foreign Policy

Les Monstres Among Us

Two French best-sellers draw warnings for the present from the stories of Hitler’s henchmen.

Pouneh Mirlou illustration for Foreign Policy

Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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