Obama Administration

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

James Traub |

Jeffrey Lewis

Death Wears Bunny Slippers

Why America's nuclear missileers are going soft.

Jeffrey Lewis |


Obama's Self-Inflicted Scandal

The only thing transparent about the White House is its perverse penchant for secrecy.

Richard A. Epstein |

David Rothkopf

You Know It's Bad…

When progress in the Middle East seems more in reach than a Washington that works.

David Rothkopf |


The Trust Deficit

How the U.S. 'pivot' to Asia looks from Beijing.

He Yafei |


The 'Go Slow' Caucus

As pressure builds for a military option in Syria, can the White House afford to keep quiet?

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon |

Think Again

Pakistan’s Rollercoaster Election

Is this a generationally significant change of power, or more of the same dysfunction?

Michael Kugelman |

Terms of Engagement

Out With It

Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.

James Traub |

By Other Means

The Electric Kool-Aid Flashback Test

Should we arm the Syrian rebels? America's attempts to do so in the past hold a few answers.

Rosa Brooks |

Micah Zenko

Talking in Circles

Why Harold Koh's big speech on targeted killings is just more of the same, intentional Obama muddle.

Micah Zenko |


The Case for Nuclear Unilateralism

New START may be flawed, but it also holds an opportunity for Obama to do something truly momentous.

Yousaf Butt |

Micah Zenko

Outsourcing Lethality

When there's a foreign finger on the trigger, is Washington still accountable when innocents die?

Micah Zenko |


Who Are We Again?

Have Republicans totally forgotten what the 'national interest' means?

Danielle Pletka |


Time for Kerry to Face Facts

As America's top diplomat heads to Moscow, here are some tough questions he needs to answer about the Obama administration's flawed nuclear treaty.

Robert Joseph |


The Special Relationship Under Austerity

Increasing NATO's bang in a time of fewer bucks.

Philip Hammond |

Terms of Engagement

Slouching Toward Damascus

In Syria's implosion, Secretary of State John Kerry already faces a defining task. How hard is he prepared to push against Obama's weary realism? 

James Traub |


Time to Talk

What Michael Singh gets wrong about "next steps" with Iran.

Amb. William H. Luers |


Thick Red Line

No, we don't have enough evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons.

Jeffrey Lewis |


What Was Obama Thinking?

How the administration backed itself into a corner on Syria.

Barry Pavel |

Micah Zenko

Hawking Something

The Syria interventionists want us to go to war. They're wrong.

Micah Zenko |

In Box

In Defense of Leading from Behind

So what if it's a terrible slogan? It's still the right strategy.

Leslie H. Gelb |


Minority Report

Should presidents seek out dissent?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


How to Save the Republican Party

Why the GOP needs to stop navel-gazing and embrace internationalism all over again. 

Sen. John McCain |


Intervention Escalation

Alleged chemical weapons use by Syria is pushing the United States into doing something. But Russia, China, and Iran might have something to say about that.

James F. Jeffrey |

Gordon Adams

The Defense Department in Sequesterland

The Pentagon will make it through sequestration better than most.

Gordon Adams |

Terms of Engagement

For Shame

Why don't Americans care more about torture?

James Traub |


Off to a Bad Start

Why is the president letting America's nukes rust?

Sen. Jim Inhofe |


It's Time to Act in Syria

American values and interests are at stake in stopping the country's slow-motion destruction.

Dennis Ross |

Gordon Adams

Channeling Bush's Budget Tricks

Will war funding save the Pentagon?

Gordon Adams |