...But that doesn't mean thinking isn't still important. What to make of the intelligence community's effort to forecast global events
... at least compared with the periods defined by the Cold War and the War on Terror. But with no guiding paradigm, where does foreign policy and national security go from here?
The United States' overriding interest in "actionable" information on terrorists has produced a dangerous form of tunnel vision.
Putting it beyond partisanship sounds high-minded, but it's ultimately hypocritical and dangerous.
Until Islamabad can enforce the rule of law, and as long as terror cells remain operational inside the country's borders, there's no way around it.
A new report excoriates the United States' unmanned aerial strikes against terrorists in South Asia. But are there better alternatives?
After years of holding off on officially designating the Haqqani Network as a terror organization, in the hopes of enticing them into a peace deal, the Obama administration closes the door.
With the war so unpopular and the U.S. facing such unappealing options, it's little wonder neither candidate has discussed it much. Does that mean we're stuck with the status quo?
How Western interest in their story risks both misunderstanding the group's mission and misdirecting attention away from the dire challenges Russian political activists now face.
The country's recent protests over poultry shortages suggest sanctions might be working.
In Yemen, drones can work if they're part of a larger strategy, but not if they are the strategy.
Addressing the war's failings means talking about policy, but before we do that, a reminder of why it matters.
The U.S. wants to repair its relationship with Pakistan while carrying out drone attacks inside the country. Can it do both?
The transactional U.S.-Pakistan alliance means that, once the Afghan War ends, so will their incentive to get along.
A practice of shoot first and ask questions later, and an over-emphasis on short-term gains, make us more reliant on these tools than we maybe should be.
The NATO defense collective wants to do less with more by having member states develop military specialties, like workers on an assembly line.
An attempted terrorist attack this week has been bookended by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen. Do we know they're effective?
A year after bin Laden's death, we still often talk about his group's successful or failure in somewhat exaggerated terms. The truth may in fact be somewhere in the middle.
Traditional aid programs are struggling in the country. But a less conventional program with less conventional goals seems to show a better model.
Uzbekistan is now paying its teachers and doctors in poultry, part of a long and bizarre trend of chicken diplomacy in the 20th and 21st centuries.