Ideas

Two Cheers for the Pentagon’s New Data and AI Initiative

If the reorganization can overcome bureaucratic hurdles, it could preserve U.S. data and AI leadership.

A Low Bar for Success in Today’s Iran-Nuke Talks

The Nov. 29 session between the U.S., Iran, the European Union, and the rest of the P5+1 has the air of a make-or-break moment.

Inside the Data-Driven Operation that Moved Afghan Refugees from Dulles to Safe Havens

The main challenge was reconciling and processing disconnected, stove-piped, unavailable, or incorrect data.

Energize NATO’s Response to Russia’s Threats Against Ukraine

Signal new efforts to thwart a controversial Russian energy pipeline.

The Pandemic Is Ending With a Whimper

The decision to move on to the recovery phase needs to be made by politicians, not scientists.

Expand Five Eyes to Nine? That's Four Too Many

The proposed expansion would force the original members to stop spying on the new ones.

Americans Want to Defend Taiwan. The Pentagon’s Budget Should, Too

Lawmakers should take advantage and give Americans the defense budget we need to stay ahead of China.

The Pandemic’s Next Turn Hinges on Three Unknowns

A potential winter surge is up to vaccines, variants, and us.

The Seven Lawmakers Who Will Decide the Climate’s Fate

Negotiations in Washington, D.C., are far more important than those in Glasgow, Scotland.

Waiting for Attribution in Cyberspace: A Tragicomedy

“We were so hopeful last March when the UN Open-Ended Working Group agreed to endorse all 11 of us voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible state behavior.”

The US Must Turn the Tables on Russia’s Psyops

A post-Cold War fixation on hard power has sapped us of the 21st century’s most potent force.

China Locks Down Its History, to Its Peril and the World’s

Xi Jinping’s effort to cement lifelong power brings rigidity and fragility.

The Autocrats Are Winning

If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

The Disinformation Business is Booming

Other nations can learn from South Korea, which has been on the forefront of online disinfo.

A Dictator Is Exploiting These Human Beings

Belarus’s ruler has used asylum seekers to destabilize the EU. And he’s not the only one profiting politically from their misfortune.