In the Internet era, conflict is constant, invisible, and deadlier than ever. No longer is the country with the biggest army or most missiles the most powerful — instead, those wielding the best algorithm can dominate, says foreign policy strategist David Rothkopf.

Syrian national Mahmoud Al Moufti describes the hopelessness of living in a country at war.

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In 2010 the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield in Afghanistan. In this excerpt from her book, Ashley’s War, writer Gayle Tzemach Lemmon shares the background that led to this game-changing decision.

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In 150 years, aerial bombing has almost never achieved its strategic goal: to kill morale. A study in the paradoxes of technological dystopianism.

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Veterans often have a hard time returning to civilian life after war. Sebastian Junger offers a counterintuitive theory about why

Portraits by photojournalist Eman Mohammed.

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago — by the man who cracked the Enigma code.