Bush's Legacy

EXCERPT

Dancing for Their Lives

Making an undercover visit to an Iraqi expat nightclub in Syria, where the refugee crisis's illicit economy is on full display.

Deborah Amos |

The List

The Conventional Wisdom Isn't Always Wrong

Five things you think are true that are.

Joshua Keating |

Argument

Obama's Middle East Democracy Problem

The Obama administration’s quiet approach to promoting freedom in the Arab world is about to meet its first major test.

Barbara Slavin |

Argument

Bipartisan Spring

Washington may be deeply polarized on domestic matters, but when it comes to foreign affairs, a remarkable consensus is taking shape.

Robert Kagan |

Small Wars

This Week at War

What the four-stars are reading -- a weekly column from Small Wars Journal.

Robert Haddick |

Argument

The End of Diplomacy?

Once up a time, Americans achieved great things abroad. No longer.

Aaron David Miller |

Briefing Book

How to Read the QDR

What the Pentagon’s most highly anticipated planning document says about the gap between its aspirations and reality.

Travis Sharp |

Feature

CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding

A study in "enhanced reporting techniques."

Jeff Stein |

Argument

Groundhog Day in Afghanistan

Day after day, political crisis after political crisis, Afghanistan persists in going nowhere.

Whitney Haring-Smith |

Argument

Losing Cairo?

Since Barack Obama's speech six months ago, the Muslim world has begun to lose hope in the United States. But it's not too late ... yet.

Andrew Albertson |

Dispatch

The Other Nobel Controversy

What the recent uproar over the Nobel Committee chairman's lucrative new post says about Norway's peace prize complex.

Kjetil Wiedswang |

Argument

The $2 Trillion Man

How Obama saved Brand America.

Simon Anholt |

Argument

The Danger KSM Still Poses in Washington

The architect of the 9/11 attacks is headed to a criminal trial in New York -- but Obama's made a muddle of the rest of the legal picture.

Juan Carlos Zarate |

Profile

My Nights With Hamid

The world is hounding the Afghan president to crack down on corruption and kick out entrenched warlords. I don't think he's going to do it, and I should know: I’m the man who wrote his autobiography.

Nick B. Mills |

Argument

Please Send More Than Troops

If the window closes to fix Afghanistan's government, more boots on the ground won't matter.

Ashraf Ghani |

Argument

Europe's Obama Fatigue

Bush was better for Europe. No, seriously.

James Joyner |

Argument

Fighting Terror the Cold War Way

Books, art, and culture can help win the battle of ideas in the Middle East.

Todd Helmus |

Feature

Lessons in Disaster

Why is the Obama administration reading up on its Vietnam history?

Gordon M. Goldstein |

Think Again

Think Again: America's Image

U.S. standing in the world matters, Americans care about it, and a weakened stature continues to hamper U.S. policy. Twenty prominent political scientists have recently completed a year-long study of the issue and clear away the underbrush of misunderstanding.

Peter Katzenstein |

Briefing Book

The Guantanamo Countdown

President Obama promised to close the facility within a year, but eight months later, the path is looking rockier. Here's what the administration needs to do to meet its deadline.

Sarah Mendelson |

Document

Strategic Communication: Getting Back to Basics

Writing in Joint Force Quarterly, Adm. Michael G. Mullen critiques the U.S. government's approach to winning hearts and minds.

Michael G. Mullen |

In Box

A Bright Shining Slogan

How "hearts and minds" came to be.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

Not Enough?

Susan Rice's speech was a good start toward global re-engagement. But it was only that -- a start.

John Norris |

Seven Questions

Seven Questions: Jay Garner

The man who first led reconstruction efforts in Iraq says that Arab-Kurd tensions are overblown and that "soft partition" would have been a good idea.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

Do Targeted Killings Work?

Drone strikes are far from perfect -- but they're also far better than nothing.

Daniel Byman |

Briefing Book

License to Kill

When I advised the Israel Defense Forces, here's how we decided if targeted kills were legal -- or not.

Amos N. Guiora |

Argument

A Hollow Victory for Iraq

How the militants are celebrating the U.S. withdrawal.

Ranj Alaaldin |

Argument

Obama's Shallow Realism

Why the U.S. president shouldn't react to one bad foreign policy with another.

David Gardner |

Argument

Cut Bibi Some Slack

Why Obama's hard line on Israeli settlements is counterproductive.

Steven J. Rosen |