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Congolese soldier

The US military's involvement in the unraveling of a continent.

Susan Rice

There are some hopeful signs, including his recent speech at the National Defense University and a new, less hawkish foreign policy team.

China did not participate in the Iraq war, but is still reaping the benefits of its prize—oil. 

Afghan patrol

From North Africa to the Middle East to China’s Central Asian border, how many years will it be?

Halliburton protest

America's foreign bases are more staggering than ever—and, with your tax dollars, an empire of private contractors is holding them down.

Syrian soldier

“Humanitarian” intervention would only deepen the humanitarian disaster.

In his film, Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill unveils America's extrajudicial, covert, transcontinental battlefield. 

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan on the Brink,  civil wars, Asif Ali Zardari

Ahmed Rashid’s gloomy, essential account of the divisive US-Pakistan alliance.

Still from 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

Mira Nair's latest film includes a character who's a journalist and CIA agent. Is this responsible filmmaking?

Afghanistan

America’s covert warfare—a bizarre form of unconscious wish fulfillment—warrants Scahill’s unembedded, dogged, independent reporting.

Blogs

Chuck Hagel's paeans to “political reform” in the Gulf must have sounded strange to political prisoners in repressive Bahrain, where he delivered his remarks.

January 13, 2014

Official implementation of the interim accord with Iran begins next week, but Senate hawks are pushing for sanctions that would derail negotiations.

January 13, 2014

The multiple civil wars in Sudan and South Sudan show the dangers of creating mini-states.

January 8, 2014

Obama wants another decade of war in Afghanistan—but a new book says he’s already lost faith in the mission. 

January 7, 2014

Some advice from your friendly neighborhood Republican: the answer is always Benghazi. 

January 7, 2014

If Washington and Tehran cooperate, they may find themselves on the same side in key regional conflicts.

January 6, 2014

The accord is moving forward, but the Menendez-Kirk bill could wreck everything.

January 3, 2014

The New York Times demolishes conspiracy theories with plain, old-fashioned good reporting.

January 2, 2014

How does Obama justify killing innocents this time?

December 18, 2013