Obama Administration

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Argument

On Syria and Iran, U.S. and Russia Can Work Together

Only cooperation between Moscow and Washington can solve the Middle East's most vexing problems.

Madeleine Albright |

Marc Lynch

Peak Middle East?

Why the administration is giving a free pass to Egypt's military regime.

Marc Lynch |

Investigation

Meet the Spies Doing the NSA's Dirty Work

This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.

Shane Harris |

Report

The Self-Serving Argument That Could Sink the Pacific Trade Deal

Congressmen cry foul over currency intervention -- until the U.S. does it.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Super Hercules in the Himalayas

How the United States is strengthening defense ties with India.

Ashton B. Carter |

Exclusive

Spy Copters, Lasers, and Break-In Teams

How the FBI keeps watch on foreign diplomats.

Matthew M. Aid |

Reality Check

Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Red in the Face

Charting the media outrage over Obamacare.

Kalev Leetaru |

Micah Zenko

Myth Dealers

In an uncertain world ... and 4 other ‘truths' America's generals want to sell you.

Micah Zenko |

David Rothkopf

This Deal Won’t Seal Itself

Why Obama has to lean in to the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Nuclear Handshake

Is the Pakistan-Saudi weapons program for real?

Simon Henderson |

Terms of Engagement

Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

David Rothkopf

Waiting in the Wings

As America's star power dims, who will take center stage?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Interview

Human Rights, Snowden, and How Not to Get Hacked

The U.S. ambassador to China speaks to Foreign Policy.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

How Emperor Alexander Militarized American Cyberspace

And why the White House needs to split up the “deep state” of the NSA and Cyber Command.

Jason Healey |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Unconstant Gardener

How President Obama could have kept friends as friends and nipped the NSA fallout in the bud.

Daniel Drezner |

The Pulse

Trading Privacy for Security

Americans are still willing to forgive the NSA's intrusions, but are U.S. friends abroad?

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

David Rothkopf

Mr. President, We Can Handle the Truth

Why it's time for the White House to get ahead of the NSA scandal.

David Rothkopf |

Feature

So Crazy It Just Might Work

Swashbuckling journalist Robert Young Pelton is crowdfunding a mission to hunt down Joseph Kony. Is it genius or folly?

Elias Groll |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Military Secrets?

Their tanks, missiles, and electronic warfare gear look an awful lot like ours.     

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Assad's War of Starvation

The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.

John F. Kerry |

Marc Lynch

The Middle East Power Vacuum

When Iran starts to look competent and responsible, you know you've got a problem.

Marc Lynch |

By Other Means

And the Moral of the Tweet Is...

How @NatSecWonk shows that D.C. is a wonderful, terrible place.

Rosa Brooks |

David Rothkopf

False Fronts

How the biggest intelligence community scandal in modern memory and Washington's infamous Twitter troll expose the real D.C.

David Rothkopf |