Obama Administration

Report

Calling a Spade a Shovel

There's little doubt that pro-Russian rebels, using Russian weapons, shot down MH17. Why won't the White House say so?

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Let Tehran's Atomic Clock Keep Ticking

The only way to reach a nuclear deal with Iran is to accept that Iran will be able to go nuclear.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Take One for Tehran

Why President Obama needs to stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal.

James Traub |

COLUMN

Obama's Armed Drones in Iraq Reek of Mission Creep

Why the administration’s muddy logic for intervention on behalf of a deeply unpopular central government will get America engaged in a Middle Eastern civil war.

Micah Zenko |

In Box

Epiphanies from Jack Matlock

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock on the flawed “reset” with Russia, Washington’s cliques, and how the Ukraine crisis is a product of NATO expansion.

Elias Groll |

Argument

Obama Needs to Find His Inner Cold Warrior

The problem with being a post-deterrence U.S. president is that without deterrence, the world we live in quickly becomes dangerous.

Suzanne Nossel |

COLUMN

The Magic Number

Just like the last Iraq war, only smaller.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

Blame America

The United States tried to build a stable state in Iraq. We should've known better.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

It's hard to tell France not to sell warships to Russia when the United States is also placing profit over policy.

Colby Goodman |

Argument

What Can Obama's $1 Billion Investment in European Security Actually Buy?

Is just a drop in the bucket or a real commitment to stem threats from Russia?

Christopher S. Chivvis |

Report

When Bergdahl Speaks

Eventually, the freed American prisoner of war will have to meet the press, and he could become a PR nightmare for the White House.

Shane Harris |

Argument

It's Been a Year Since Snowden, and Nothing's Really Changed

Is the administration blind to the real and tangible harm the NSA surveillance program is doing to America’s credibility?

Laura Pitter |

COLUMN

That’s a Mighty Nice Climate Change Plan, America

But now the question is: Will it survive 2016? 

Kate Galbraith |

Report

Obama's EPA Takes Aim at Dirty Power Plants

The new rules would clean up the energy sector by 2030, but have sparked bipartisan outrage already.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Obama's Big, New Counterterrorism Plan Is a Hot Mess

The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.

Gordon Adams |

Report

With Shinseki Out, Who Will Obama Tap Next to Lead the Department of Veterans Affairs?

The next VA Secretary will need to press reset on an entrenched bureaucracy with surging demand.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Green Day

The Obama administration's ambitious new clean energy policy has the coal industry on the warpath.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

What We Talk About When We Talk About Leadership

Why is President Obama afraid to talk about the real levers of American exceptionalism?

G. John Ikenberry |

Argument

When 9,800 Doesn't Equal 9,800

The dirty secret about Obama’s Afghan plan is that tens of thousands of American civilians will be on the ground long after the troops have left.

Phillip Carter |