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Joshua Foust


Joshua Foust is an analyst who writes about international security and intelligence issues. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, and has written for the New York Times, Salon, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review and the Columbia Journalism Review. His website is


What to make of ‘Top Secret America?’

Top Secret America,” the result of a two-year project by veteran national security reporter Dana Priest and William Arkin, is making waves for its eye-popping revelations.


What will Clinton and Gates say in South Korea?

North Korea abruptly canceled a meeting scheduled for today to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship. But the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense will have to address the thorny issue at a meeting on the peninsula later this month.


The Kampala bombings

Two bombs exploded in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, last night, killing upwards of 64 people including at least one American. Uganda, in Central Africa, is not normally considered a hotbed of instability, despite its decades-long civil war with the Lord’s Resistance army and its shared borders with Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]


When the pundits toe the general’s line

The recent revelation that Gen. Petraeus — now installed as the third commander of the flagging Afghan War in two years — collaborated with at least one pundit to get his story into the public isn’t exactly earth-shaking. But it might point to deeper problems with the commentary industry: namely, who’s driving the discussion?


The battle for Kandahar

The biggest offensive of the 9-year war in Afghanistan may be about to begin.