Obama Administration

Rational Security

Mitt Romney Was Right

Russia's our No. 1 enemy -- and Snowden's just the tip of the iceberg.

John Arquilla |

Report

Nuclear Waste

How the U.S. spent billions on a plan that increases the danger of proliferation.  

Douglas Birch |

Letters

Ditherer-in-Chief

Forget "leading from behind." Obama's Middle East strategy is closer to "pleading from behind." 

Peter Sullivan |

Argument

Russian Roulette

Obama's plan for nuclear reductions is letting Moscow get away with murder.

John R. Bolton |

Jeffrey Lewis

The Incredible Shrinking Arsenal

It's not Obama who's cutting nukes -- it's Congress.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Report

Is Anyone In Charge Of U.S. Syria Policy?

Somebody tell Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department if so.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Death by Cuts to a Thousand

Obama's plan to reduce nuclear weapons does too little and will take too long.

Daryl G. Kimball |

Argument

The Case for Overkill

Obama's wrong: America does need thousands of nukes.

Matthew Kroenig |

Argument

Rebel Whimper

Obama's Syria policy is a riddle wrapped in an enigma surrounding nothing.

Danielle Pletka |

David Rothkopf

Scared Tactics

Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.

David Rothkopf |

David Barno

The Road to Nowhere Good

When Syria's rebels need more than just weapons, America may well find itself in the middle of a civil war.

David W. Barno |

Argument

Time to Pull Our Troops from Europe

It'll help solve the Eurozone crisis. Seriously.

Sean Kay |

Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Terms of Engagement

Is Doing Something in Syria Better than Nothing?

Why Obama’s small plan to send small arms to the Syrian rebels might fail on all counts.

James Traub |

Reality Check

The New Problem From Hell

Obama's options in Syria are awful. But the United States is headed for intervention anyway.

Aaron David Miller |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Hoovered

How J. Edgar laid the groundwork for the NSA's surveillance state.

David Gomez |

Rational Security

In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

John Arquilla |

Argument

Obama’s Surveillance State

The war on terror has taken over not just U.S. foreign policy, but also our inboxes, smartphones, and Facebook pages. And we're only beginning to understand how much harm that's caused.

Suzanne Nossel |

By Other Means

Transnational Security Advisors

Susan Rice and Samantha Power will finally move U.S. foreign policy into the 21st century.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Let's Not Be Friends

Obama and Xi will work better together if they both acknowledge they don't trust each other.

Yan Xuetong |

Argument

Rice, Power, and Hope

Did Obama just change Washington from the inside?

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls…

… and why you (probably) shouldn't worry about it.

Stewart Baker |

Argument

The 7 Deadly Sins of Defense Spending

How the Pentagon can cut costs -- and come out stronger.

David Barno |

Gordon Adams

It Ain't About the Hardware

Will the wars of the future be won by management consultants?

Gordon Adams |

Reality Check

Peace Offensive

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Aaron David Miller |

Micah Zenko

The No-Plan Zone

Modest measures to aid the Syrian rebels won't topple Assad. And despite protestations, even Washington's hawks don't want to go further.

Micah Zenko |

David Rothkopf

Donilon's Legacy

Obama's outgoing national security advisor leaves behind a U.S. foreign policy in much better shape than he found it. Can Susan Rice build on his success?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Xi's Not Ready

Why Obama should skip the shirt-sleeves summit with China's new leader.

Michael Auslin |