Article Archive

How ISIS Evades the CIA

America’s high-tech spies aren’t equipped to penetrate low-tech terrorist organizations.

July 23, 2014

A Witness-Protection Program for Terrorists?

What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home

July 17, 2014

Outraged by Espionage

Bob Menendez and Angela Merkel get rude reminders of how the spy world works.

July 11, 2014

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

Talk show rhetoric doesn’t equal good intelligence on the domestic danger posed by Iraq’s terrorists.

July 1, 2014

Government’s Closed-Source Intelligence

Overclassification fetishizes reports stamped “secret,” and covers up official malfeasance.

June 18, 2014

Consumed by Corruption

Europe and the U.S. are both at risk of falling into an Italian spiral of public theft.

June 3, 2014

Mossad Meets Resistance

Israeli espionage pushes the national security community to fight Israel’s inclusion in the U.S.’s visa waiver program.

May 22, 2014

Torture, the Senate, and the CIA

No one wants to prosecute CIA personnel—even if it’s proven that they committed war crimes.

May 16, 2014

Recovering the Founders’ Foreign Policy

Ideologues across the political spectrum stand between Americans and a constitutionally modest approach to foreign affairs.

May 6, 2014

Turkey Cooks the Books in Syria

Seymour Hersh documents Ankara’s efforts to pull the U.S. into the Levant.

April 23, 2014

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