Obama Administration

Micah Zenko

The Soldier and the State Go Public

Civil-military relations haven't been this bad in decades.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Take Them Off the Leash

Why the U.S. should grant Iranian journalists freedom to report, outside a 25-mile radius of New York.

Joel Simon |

Reality Check

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Amateur Hour

Caroline Kennedy might have gotten softball questions at her Senate confirmation hearing, but don’t expect the Japanese to go as easy on her.

David Leheny |

Interview

Spy Drones, Disputed Islands, and Diplomatic Firestorms

Japan's defense minister talks to Foreign Policy.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Assad's Chemical Weapons Could Wind Up in Russia

One reason why Western officials are being so nice to Moscow: They want Russia to destroy Syria's deadly arsenal on its own soil.

R. Jeffrey Smith |

Argument

Swing and a Miss

The Sabermetric spat about whether it's important for a president to appear "credible."

Daniel Drezner |

Argument

Public Editing Putin

Never was so much B.S. presented to so many people in such a short text.

James Kirchick |

Marc Lynch

The Price of Proxies

Don't be fooled: The United States is already knee-deep in the Syrian quagmire, and the opportunity costs are disturbing.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

How Putin Turned Moscow Back Into a Middle East Powerhouse

It took a mix of religion, guile, and a stumbling Obama to pull it off.

David Kenner |

Terms of Engagement

Rogue Secretary

Is John Kerry the president's attack dog, or is he off the leash?

James Traub |

Argument

Absent Without Leave

America's politicians are abandoning their responsibilities in the Middle East. What follows could be very dangerous.

Will Marshall |

Argument

The Haunting

Why the Syria crisis will torment Obama for the rest of his presidency.

Salman Shaikh |

David Rothkopf

The Blind Squirrel Gambit

Has Obama stumbled into a solution for Syria?

David Rothkopf |

By Other Means

Wishful Thinking

Frustrated with Obama's Syria speech? Here are two better ones he could have given.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Step Up in Syria, Mr. President

It's not just about chemical weapons -- it's about stopping a brutal dictator's war.

Fuad Siniora |

Argument

Take It and Like It

Why Obama should be thrilled about the Russian chemical weapons deal.

Edward Luttwak |

Jeffrey Lewis

Pick a Card, Any Card

How Brian Eno explains Obama's Syria policy.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Reality Check

Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria?

The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.

Aaron David Miller |

Investigation

The Cowboy of the NSA

Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.

Shane Harris |

Marc Lynch

Trench Warfare

The sectarian and political camps across the Arab world are violently divided on Syria. Could a U.S. bombing campaign bring them together?

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Questioning Credibility

What the Middle East really thinks about chemical weapons and U.S. intervention in Syria.

Shibley Telhami |

Putinology

Obama Is No Longer a Friend

Why Russia's dissidents have soured on the U.S. president.

Anna Nemtsova |

Jeffrey Lewis

Keep Us in the Loop

The White House should release the evidence of Syria's chemical weapons attack.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Dispatch

Waiting for the Tomahawks

How do Syria’s rebels feel about a U.S. bombing campaign against Assad?

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

Pushed on the Bandwagon

Obama's Syria plan forced AIPAC's hand.

Steven J. Rosen |

Micah Zenko

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Gordon Adams

Intervention on the Cheap

Lawmakers trying to tie Syria to sequestration don't seem to realize we've already paid for this war.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Bait and Switch

Obama’s “limited” strikes are just the prelude to massive intervention in the Middle East. And Congress shouldn’t fall for it.

Bruce Ackerman |