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Kathy Gilsinan

Kathy Gilsinan

Staff Writer

Kathy Gilsinan is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering national security and global affairs.
Kathy Gilsinan is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering national security and global affairs.
Defense

Democrats Couldn’t Agree on Top National-Security Threats

The candidates’ different answers reflect the Democratic Party’s deeper divisions on foreign policy.

Defense

Trump Might Not Want War, but the Military Is Steering His Iran Policy

The buildup in the Middle East is coming at the request of the forces responsible for the region.

Management

ACLU Alleges Coast Guard Detained and Abused Fishermen

A lawsuit says the agency accused innocent men of drug smuggling, chained them to decks, and sailed with them straight into a hurricane.

Management

Patrick Shanahan’s Endless Limbo

He’s still a contender for the top job at the Department of Defense. But the more he’s in the public eye, the more his obstacles mount.

Defense

An American Citizen Tried to Join ISIS. Does That Make Him an ‘Enemy Combatant’?

The U.S. military quietly released “John Doe” last week after holding him in detention in Iraq for 13 months, with no charges.

Defense

If the Pipe-Bomb Mailings Weren't Terrorism, What Is?

There is no consensus—in academia, law, or common usage—on when an attack is more than just a crime.

Tech

America Is Not Ready for Exploding Drones

An apparent assassination attempt in Venezuela shows how technology is moving faster than governments can counter it.

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Defense

North Korea Answers Trump's Vague Threats With Specific Ones

The unusual detail of the Kim regime’s latest statement on Guam.

Defense

North Korea and the Risks of Miscalculation

As tensions rise in East Asia, they highlight the dangers of Trump’s unpredictability.

Tech

Questions for the Senate Hearing on Russian Hacking

Did Moscow influence the U.S. election? Who else has been hacked? Could the CIA be wrong?

Management

The Myth of the 'Female' Foreign Policy

As more women become heads of state, will the world actually change?

Defense

In Modern Warfare, 'We Have No Idea What War Is'

Rosa Brooks discusses her tenure at the Pentagon, and the ever-expanding role of the American military.

Defense

Five Years After bin Laden's Death, al-Qaeda Lives On

The group gets less attention than its former affiliate ISIS, but may be quietly consolidating its position out of the spotlight.

Defense

How Should the World Respond to Terrorism?

The Atlantic inverts the classic Q&A to explore the complexities influencing global responses to terrorism today.

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Management

Democrats on Islamic State Fight: We'll Do What Obama Is Doing, but More

The phrase “leading from behind” has been rejected, but the practice seems as popular as ever.

Defense

Here's How the Government Calculates Terrorist Bounties

Osama Bin Laden had a $25 million prize on his head, and even that might have been undervalued.

Defense

'An Epidemic of Fear': Ebola in the United States

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci's lessons from three decades of public health crises.