Opinion and Analysis
History suggests the Islamic State could convince the US it deserves to exist
History suggests there are certain criteria that allow insurgents and revolutionaries, even ones with histories of brutal behavior, to engage with the United States.
How Death Threats and the Government Shut Down Pakistan's First LGBTQ Website
In 2013, Pakistan's first website targeted to the LGBTQ community launched and immediately took off. In the next several months, the government would shut it down twice as the founder endured death threats and harassment.
The Lessons of Chernobyl May Be Different Than We Thought
Thirty years ago, the worst nuclear accident in history killed dozens, displaced thousands, and terrified the world. Today, its awful effects are still being felt — but that doesn't mean nuclear power has no future.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Wants to Fix Everything Wrong With the Pentagon
Before a new administration takes over, Carter is pushing to deeply change an immense bureaucracy that happens to have the power to end civilization.
The US Army Doesn't Seem Real Sure It Could Stop a Russian Invasion of Europe
The US has been neglecting its traditional warfare capability for decades. Now, with Russia seemingly emboldened and slightly loopy, that neglect has the potential to bite America in the ass.
The World's Nuclear Security Is Important — But Also Kind of a Pain
The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit saw leaders from more than 50 countries address a topic generally considered to be pretty important. But they have no plans to do it again.