Bush's Legacy


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 |


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 |


CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding

A study in "enhanced reporting techniques."

Jeff Stein |


Groundhog Day in Afghanistan

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

Whitney Haring-Smith |


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 |


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 |


The $2 Trillion Man

How Obama saved Brand America.

Simon Anholt |


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 |


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 |


Please Send More Than Troops

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

Ashraf Ghani |


Europe's Obama Fatigue

Bush was better for Europe. No, seriously.

James Joyner |


Fighting Terror the Cold War Way

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

Todd Helmus |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


A Hollow Victory for Iraq

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

Ranj Alaaldin |


Obama's Shallow Realism

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

David Gardner |


Cut Bibi Some Slack

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

Steven J. Rosen |


A Road Map to Nowhere

Obama's refusal to dub Israeli settlements illegal is undermining any hope of Middle East peace.

Flynt Leverett |


Iraq's Real Deadline

The true test for Iraq will come from its next round of elections -- and the real U.S. troop withdrawal.

Joost Hiltermann |


The Making of George W. Obama

The 2008 U.S. election was all about change. But that's not what we're going to get on foreign policy, says the longtime speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice. Instead of a radical departure from Bush, we're likely to end up with a lot more of the same. And that may be just what we need.

Christian Brose |