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Americans Were Worried About the Wrong Threat

Despite considerable hype about foreign interference, the greatest danger to American democracy is domestic.

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The Wrong Way to Gauge Readiness

Too much focus on mission capable rates misses the larger and more important picture.

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What Trump and His Mob Taught the World About America

The allure of democracy was the nation’s best asset abroad, but the president squandered it by inciting political violence.

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How Will Biden’s Pentagon Handle Extreme Right-Wing Media?

The Capitol riot was just the latest tell for propaganda outlets masquerading as newsrooms.

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Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed.

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‘Once You Engage in Political Violence, It Becomes Easier to Do It Again’

A conversation with Ore Koren, a scholar of civil conflict and political violence.

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This is Not a Coup

The mob riot on the Capitol Building was disgusting, violent, and deadly. It’s still not a coup. And that matters.

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This Is a Coup

An armed mob has stormed the U.S. Capitol, using violence to stop the lawful certification of the Electoral College vote.

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What AI Can and Cannot Do for the Intelligence Community

A realistic appraisal of artificial intelligence shows limits but real promise.

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After COVID, What Should American Foreign Policy Do?

The pandemic reminds us that American leadership can determine whether the arc of history bends toward something better or something worse.

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Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The U.S. Must Plan Accordingly.

Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.

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The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb

There is much we don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant—but everything we know so far suggests a huge danger.

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Trump Could Still Start a Last-Ditch War With Iran

A final grand distraction before the president is forced to relinquish his office is a real danger that deserves serious attention.

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Senate Joins House in Overriding Trump’s NDAA Veto

Congress’ rejection of the veto—the first in Trump’s presidency—comes during his final days in office.

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The SolarWinds Hack Doesn’t Demand a Violent Response

Major retaliation is more likely to spur escalation than improve deterrence.

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Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us

As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget.

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Stand Against the Coming Tidal Wave of Deceit

The challenge to democratic values and institutions from Trump and his supporters is a page that will not turn.