Captivity among the Syrian rebels. Theo Padnos recounts his experiences of torture and imprisonment at the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army.

Revenge of the COIN Doctrine. Kelley Vlahos criticizes John Nagl’s self-serving mythology about the successes of counterinsurgency in her review of his new book.

Russia and NATO expansion. Joshua Shifrinson reviews the informal agreements that the U.S. made with the Soviet Union on the eastward expansion of NATO.

The CIA wins on Election Day. John Hudson reports on the changes that are expected to occur on the Senate Intelligence Committee if Republicans take control of the chamber.

A divided Germany. Die Zeit looks at the persistent and large economic and cultural differences between the two halves of Germany 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A third intifada? Joshua Keating considers the possibility following the Israeli government’s closure of the Temple Mount

Misunderstanding John Quincy Adams. Andrew Bacevich reviews Charles Edel’s biography of the sixth president, Nation Builder, in the new issue of The National Interest.

Remembering Dylan Thomas. Allan Massie reflects on the life and work of the great Welsh post on the centennial of his birth.