Article Archive

How Oil Rules Iraq

From the ISIS insurgency to Kurdish independence, Iraqi politics depend on who controls the crude.

August 28, 2014

End the Drug War, Save the Children

The surge in child border crossings is only the latest fallout from a failed prohibition policy.

August 12, 2014

Washington Doesn’t Forgive Whistleblowers

Matthew Hoh told the hard truths about Afghanistan that D.C. didn’t want to hear, and he’s still paying the price.

July 30, 2014

Afghanistan’s Deadly Indecision

A fragile Afghan unity could be shattered by allegations of election fraud.

July 10, 2014

Iraq Vets Ask: Was It Worth It?

Echoes of Vietnam haunt a new generation of returned American soldiers.

June 27, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl Takes Obama’s Heat

Over a decade’s worth of pent-up partisanship and war anxieties have been unleashed on the recovered soldier.

June 13, 2014

Memorial Day Nightmare

As scandal sweeps the VA, real reform will come from institutional transformation, not more number games.

May 23, 2014

Veterans of the Burn Pits

Lungs full of toxic fumes follow soldiers home, even as the VA drags its feet.

May 2, 2014

Cannabis Goes Corporate

As marijuana moves from the shadows to the marketplace, regulators fear another Big Tobacco.

April 15, 2014

Has Iran Really Pursued Nukes?

Gareth Porter’s new book challenges years of the West’s claims about Tehran’s nuclear program.

April 1, 2014

Lessons from a Surge Skeptic

LTC Daniel Davis reflects on the state of the Army as Afghanistan winds down.

March 7, 2014

How a Careerist Culture Leads to Military Scandals

Bribes, mistresses, cheating on tests—has the armed forces’ professional ethos turned perverse?

February 18, 2014

Chuck Hagel: The Invisible Man

The new secretary of defense was the great hope of realists and non-interventionists. But where is he today?

January 23, 2014

Rise of the Bronies

The male fanbase for “My Little Pony” caught even the show’s creators off-guard. Is this the end of American manhood?

January 3, 2014

Why the ‘Warthog’ Matters

Will military turf wars cost our troops their best friend in the sky?

November 29, 2013

Snowden Shakes Up Washington

NSA revelations are challenging preconceptions of whistleblowing and journalism.

November 5, 2013

Legal Pot Goes Local in Colorado

Towns and counties across the state are alternately banning and welcoming marijuana.

October 18, 2013

The Military’s Prescription Drug Addiction

Overmedication is an epidemic in our armed forces—and kills beyond the battlefield.

October 3, 2013

40 Years of the ‘Fighter Mafia’

An informal group begun by Col. John Boyd and mathematician Tom Christie calls on the Pentagon to do more with less.

September 20, 2013