The State of the Surveillance StateAmerica isn’t defenseless without the Patriot Act, and the revised law won’t hurt national security, either.
Mend It, Don’t End ItCongress will limit the NSA’s ability to track our phone calls, not put a stop to it.
The Yemen TrapThe civil war in Yemen is a messy power struggle that will likely get worse before it gets better.
The Deal of a LifetimeThere are still questions to be answered, but the nuclear agreement with Iran is very good news.
Obama’s Middle East GambleThe president is trying to engage the troubled region on his own terms. Is that even possible?
The Real Scandal Behind Hillary Clinton’s EmailWe are losing a generation of historical records because the National Archives has failed to do its job.
Netanyahu’s Deadly GambitThe Israeli prime minister is insincere. The only outcomes that would please him are Iranian regime change or outright war.
Empty ThreatsWhy even a Republican-controlled Congress will give President Obama the authority to wage war.
The Best DefenseAshton Carter may be the right person to lead the Pentagon, but why was the shortlist of candidates so short?
Jaw-Jaw With IranWe are likely going to blow the deadline in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. But why not just keep talking?
The NSA Debate We Should Be HavingThe spy agency is neither reformed nor toothless. But there is something that we should be talking about.
Iraq’s Least Worst OptionsIf we want to defeat ISIS, we are going to have to accept some outcomes we don’t like.
Death From AboveAnne Hathaway’s new one-woman play explores the frightening future of the drone wars.
Putin’s Hard SellWhy the Russian leader’s offer to sell missiles to Iran just made the nuclear deal more attractive.
Getting to MaybeWhat are the differences that have Western and Iranian nuclear negotiators staying up all night?
Amateur HourThe letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran is one of the most plainly stupid things a group of senators has ever done.
The Muddled MissionThe president’s foreign policy message was wise, even if the actual execution has often confused means and ends.
Rouhani’s Big GambleIran’s president is squaring off against his country’s hard-liners. We better hope he succeeds.
There’s No Way Bush and Cheney Didn’t KnowThe Senate Intelligence Committee suggests that the White House knew everything about the CIA’s torture program but the details.
Let’s Make a DealChina’s Xi Jinping seems to understand that with great power comes at least some responsibility.