Article Archive

Obama’s Circle of Bad Advice

Activist experts make bad ambassadors, especially when diplomacy is most needed.

April 10, 2014

Why Dianne Feinstein Can’t Control the CIA

The Senate Intelligence Committee is as sclerotic and turf-obsessed as the agency it’s meant to regulate.

March 26, 2014

America’s Torture Doctors

Despite grossly violating their oaths, CIA and military physicians escape professional censure.

March 13, 2014

The End of Drone War?

The collapse of available bases could push the U.S. to revamp its failed counterterrorism strategy.

March 4, 2014

Diplomacy by Donorism

America’s top overseas appointments go to status-seeking campaign cronies.

February 27, 2014

Old Testament Armed Forces

Religious zealotry runs rampant in the U.S. military, and among those wishing to deploy it.

February 12, 2014

Can Putin Keep Sochi Safe?

Russia faces the greatest Olympic security challenge in 20 years.

January 28, 2014

Intel Community Makes Peace

Contrary to precedent, analysts have taken an active role in Iranian diplomacy.

January 17, 2014

Turkey in Conflict

Ankara’s domestic struggles could pose severe risks for the West.

January 15, 2014

Where Is Robert Levinson?

CIA freelancer disappears in Iran—and Russian and Israeli gangsters are among the suspects.

December 31, 2013

CIA’s ‘Colossal Flop’

Why having officers pose as businessmen overseas is a bad idea.

December 17, 2013

The Hollywood Spy

The producer of “Pretty Woman” helped Israel build its nuclear arsenal.

December 4, 2013

The NFL’s Feel-Good Jingoism

America’s “civic religion” forgets the soldiers in its celebrations.

November 22, 2013

Quitting Over Syria

How the behind-the-scenes threat of an intel revolt helped prevent war.

November 13, 2013

NSA Blowback

Why the agency went overboard spying on allies—and what damage has been done.

November 8, 2013

Spy vs. Spy: Iran, Turkey, and Israel Edition

Turkey is fertile ground for Iran-related intelligence operations, and Israel recently blew one.

October 22, 2013

How Washington Tipped Off al-Qaeda

Seemingly authorized leaks have done far more damage than Snowden’s revelations.

October 8, 2013

CIA’s Deadly Cultural Ignorance

Fear of officers “going native” keeps our intelligence agencies ill-informed about Somalia, Syria, and other trouble spots.

September 25, 2013

What’s the Evidence Behind the Case for War?

5 questions Obama needs to answer about Syria and WMD

September 9, 2013