Drone On

The Sky’s the Limit—If the FAA Will 
Get Out of the Way

Gretchen West
Blades of glory: at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, March 2014
Blades of glory: at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany, March 2014 (Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch)
The commercial use of unmanned drones, in everything from farming to bridge inspection, has nearly unlimited potential. But right now, the industry’s takeoff is being blocked by a giant obstacle in the way: the Federal Aviation Administration.

Who Lost Libya?

Derek Chollet and Ben Fishman; Alan J. Kuperman
For Derek Chollet and Ben Fishman, former officials in the Obama administration, the 2011 U.S.-led military intervention in Libya was the right thing to do even with the chaos there today. Not so, replies Alan Kuperman.

China Comes to Djibouti

John Lee
Tiny Djibouti in the Horn of Africa is a key strategic outpost for U.S. armed forces. But with China getting in on the act, Washington would do well to pay more attention to the country—or risk losing its foothold there.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Inside the Brotherhood

John Waterbury
The portrait of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that emerges from this lively book is hardly flattering, highlighting the group’s anti-intellectualism and its emphasis on faith and action over analysis.
Thomas de Waal

A century on, discussions about the Ottoman massacre of Armenians are still dominated by questions surrounding the use of one fraught and divisive word: “Genocide.” Washington should use the term but also recognize its many limitations.

Soldiers stand at attention during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Battle of Canakkale.
Steven A. Cook

For Gallipoli’s Turkish defenders, the battle there was an important victory in defense of the Ottoman Empire. Paradoxically, it also became a touchstone of the nationalism that was so important to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey less than a decade later. Likewise, celebrations planned for the battle’s centenary reflect the tension between the valorization of the Ottoman era and the hallowed memory of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Campaign placards placed on seats, ahead of a speech by Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband on health, at a cam
Matthew Johnson

The United Kingdom is set to go to the polls to select among a wider variety of parties than ever before. At stake in this election is more than control of Westmister. Indeed, it is the concept of British identity as a whole.

A police officer attends the opening ceremony of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism conference in Miami, Florida
Adam Mount

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York to convince the world that the United States is working toward a world free of nuclear weapons. He has a stronger case than you might think.

John M. Owen IV

The Muslim world today is going through religious turmoil similar to that which raged across northwestern Europe 450 years ago. The West’s own history of ideological and religious radicalism offers key lessons for understanding and managing modern-day crises elsewhere.

Benjamin Brake

In the wake of the Snowden revelations, it has become more difficult for governments to conduct surveillance operations. As a result, black and gray markets for anti-encryption software have boomed.