When Soldiers Go Back to Being Children
The unlikely success of Sudan and the FARC proves minors can be protected from conflict.
Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria
On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.
Netanyahu’s Toy Soldiers
Israel’s prime minister is now also its defense minister—but he’s mostly interested in the job for PR.
Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin
Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.
Martial Law Is a Test. Will Ukraine’s Democracy Pass?
Ukraine’s parliament resisted President Petro Poroshenko’s call for an extended state of emergency—but the battle isn’t over yet.
Ukraine’s New Front Is Europe’s Big Challenge
There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
The U.S. Navy Has Forgotten What It’s Like to Fight
The U.K.'s defeat at Jutland is a reminder of how a victorious force can get lazy.
Never Forget That World War I Was Also Racist
It wasn’t just nationalism that fueled the 20th century’s first great tragedy.
The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It
A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.
World War I’s Depressing Lessons for Asia
Trade is no guarantee of peace, and Xi's China is looking worryingly like the Kaiser's Germany.
Ethnic Nationalism Gave Georgia Freedom. Now It Needs Civic Nationalism to Survive.
The Caucasus is a complex ethnic and religious patchwork, and only a shared identity can help Georgians push back against Putin.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Are Starving Yemenis to Death
The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the bombs of Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.
In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules
A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.
The Foreign-Policy Establishment Reeks of Desperation
After years of failure, elites have only name-calling left.
The New Front in Yemen’s Civil War Is Jamal Khashoggi
Yemenis can’t stop talking about the journalist’s murder.
Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein
In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.
Counting the Dead in Europe’s Forgotten War
The deputy head of the OSCE’s observer mission in Ukraine describes the challenges and frustrations of monitoring the war.
Bashar al-Assad Is Waging Biological War—By Neglect
By deliberately destroying and degrading public health infrastructure, the Syrian regime is reviving long-eradicated diseases and killing civilians.
Want to Win the Midterms? Spend Less on War
The intensification of the liberal-neoconservative alliance under Trump is not good news for Democrats.