Article Archive

Where Free Speech Dies

Europe invented the public square. Now it’s closing it down.

June 21, 2016

The Decline of Terror in the West?

The Orlando shooting was a horrific crime. But larger trends suggest that the threat of mass attacks is receding.

June 15, 2016

Obama Legitimizes the Drone Wars

A forthcoming report will downplay the bloody consequences.

June 3, 2016

Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting

If Hillary wins the White House, expect Victoria Nuland to be at her side.

May 19, 2016

Washington’s Terrorism as Usual

The foreign-policy establishment marks 15 years of failure in the War on Terror.

May 6, 2016

CIA Gets Back to Spying

Intelligence agencies have struggled to be worthy of their name.

April 26, 2016

Why Secrecy Rules Apply to Everyone

Federal agencies relentlessly pursue suspected whistleblowers, while self-serving politicians escape punishment.

April 19, 2016

Government Hackers, Inc.

The revelation that an Israeli firm cracked the iPhone raises questions about state-corporate espionage.

April 6, 2016

Reclaiming Conservative Foreign Policy

Trump seems unwilling to embrace neoconservative hawkishness. Will Republicans return to noninterventionism?

March 24, 2016

A Spymaster Forgets the Bush Era

Michael Hayden makes headlines condemning practices he readily enabled.

March 15, 2016

Talking to Terrorists Online

The State Department’s new weapon in the fight against extremists? College students.

March 1, 2016

Turkey’s Convenient War

Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan relies on sketchily attributed terrorism to consolidate power and disrupt Syria.

February 23, 2016

Losing Liberty Through the Backdoor

Letting the government bypass iPhone security measures won’t stop terrorists—or make you safer.

February 19, 2016

The Pentagon Fights Back

The White House emphasis on humanitarianism may be turning some military leaders against Obama.

February 9, 2016

How to Prevent Another Benghazi

The U.S. needs committed intelligence officers, not ticket-punching careerists.

January 28, 2016

Will Congress Stop the Iran Deal?

Long after the nuclear agreement was settled, opponents are undermining an already fragile peace.

January 14, 2016

The Distortion of Russia

One does not need to love Vladimir Putin to appreciate that Washington shares interests with Moscow.

January 6, 2016

Why the U.S. Spies on Netanyahu

Should NSA listen in when a foreign government seeks to shape America’s foreign policy?

December 31, 2015

Coalition of the Unwilling

In the war on ISIS, U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel may be playing both sides.

December 22, 2015

That Old Time Spycraft

Can the U.S. resist the temptation of technology as it tries to rebuild its human intelligence against ISIS?

December 18, 2015