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Hey, shut up about being the best military in the world, because we might not be (A)

Hey, shut up about being the best military in the world, because we might not be (A)

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.
Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.

SitRep: Trump and Putin Chat; White House Staffers Rip Into Tillerson and McMaster

China keeps building islands, U.S. Army takes a hard looks at its Mosul operation
What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

A new book translates Russia’s fears and hopes for Syria, and the wider region, for an American audience.
Haley’s ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran Met With Skepticism at U.N.

Haley’s ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran Met With Skepticism at U.N.

She claims 'undeniable evidence' that Iran is violating U.N. restrictions. But not everyone is on board yet.
Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake

Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake

The knives are out for "F" at the State Department. The secretary should be strengthening rather than dismantling it.
Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.
The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.
Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

A key official involved in House investigations faces a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct.
America Needs NAFTA to Win

America Needs NAFTA to Win

The U.S. economy has grown because of NAFTA. Scuttling it now would do grievous damage.
Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

The clashes at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General continue to escalate.
Excerpt From ‘Illusions of Victory’: Here’s Why the Iraqi Awakening Broke Down

Excerpt From ‘Illusions of Victory’: Here’s Why the Iraqi Awakening Broke Down

In Iraq, the U.S invasion toppled over society and let sectarian dynamics run their course.
Mohammed bin Salman Doesn’t Want to Talk About Jerusalem

Mohammed bin Salman Doesn’t Want to Talk About Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia's rulers have lots of worries, but Trump's announcement about the holy city isn't one of them.
Book Excerpt: In ‘Enlisting Faith,’ the Navy Takes Vietnamese Catholics South

Book Excerpt: In ‘Enlisting Faith,’ the Navy Takes Vietnamese Catholics South

It was hot and muggy as monsoon season crested in the summer of 1954.
The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco

The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco

Overflights, mapping fiber-optic networks, "strange activities." Moscow's West Coast spies were busy.
SitRep: New Drama Over Potential Talks With North Korea

SitRep: New Drama Over Potential Talks With North Korea

New report out on U.S. weapons used by ISIS; Senator blasts Tillerson
Theresa May Just Negotiated Away the United Kingdom

Theresa May Just Negotiated Away the United Kingdom

The price of hard Brexit will be the end of the nation as we know it.
North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

Despite months of secret contacts, North Korea has been playing hard to get back to the negotiating table – even as Rex Tillerson reaches out again.
Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.
From Bahrain to Jerusalem

From Bahrain to Jerusalem

A Bahraini delegation's trip to Israel is the latest sign of the Gulf monarchies' burgeoning alliance with the Jewish state.