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Stuck in the Shadows at the Pentagon

Chuck Hagel was always being upstaged by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The next secretary of defense will have to change that equation.

Gopal Ratnam |

COLUMN

The Doormat Gets Shown the Door

Chuck Hagel wasn't a genius. But he got a bum rap for being exactly the secretary of defense that Obama wanted -- until he wasn't.

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

Budget Blunders and Funding Follies

Hagel's push from the Pentagon was about more than just ISIS and White House politics.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Picking Up the Pieces at the Pentagon

Firing Hagel was the easy part. Finding a new Pentagon chief capable of dealing with the Islamic State, a micromanaging White House, and angry Republicans will be far harder.

Gopal Ratnam |

COLUMN

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

Washington would like to believe it has a lot more leverage over Tehran than it really does.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Haiti's Political Crisis Is About to Get Worse

No elections, an empty Senate, violent protests on the streets of Port-au-Prince -- and Haiti's unrest is just getting started.

Peter Granitz |

COLUMN

The Fall Guy

Getting rid of Hagel is not a cure for what ails Obama's national security team -- it's a symptom of the disease.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Failed NSA Reform Bill Was a Sham Anyway

"Data handshakes," call records, and the NSA's back door into telecom companies reveal that the Senate's plan to protect Americans' privacy would have done no such thing.

Marcy Wheeler |

Report

Will It Play in Persepolis?

New research reveals that Iranians may be more willing to make a nuclear deal with the United States than previously thought.

Nancy Gallagher |

COLUMN

Exaggeration Nation

The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

The Catch-22 of Barack Obama

Dealing with Congress could drive anyone nuts, but with his immigration move, Obama is crazy like a fox.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Apply the Rigor of Investing to Foreign Aid

There's a reason Americans are confused about the value of overseas development assistance. And there's also a fix -- if the State Department gets serious about the next QDDR.

Daniel Altman |

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Argument

Getting Past the Way of the Gun

Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad.

Christopher Holshek |

COLUMN

Embrace the Chaos

U.S. foreign policy is a mess -- a big, aimless mess. But the only way to build a grand strategy is to accept both global disarray and American decline.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Day Late and a Degree Short

Will the U.S.-China climate deal actually do anything to stop rising global temperatures?

Claire Casey |

COLUMN

One Cheer for the Climate Deal

The landmark deal won’t cut China’s emissions for more than a decade, and it’s going to be tough for the U.S. to meet its requirements. But it's a good start.

Kate Galbraith |

Report

9 Ways Foreign Policy Will Dominate the Lame-Duck Congress

The 113th Congress has only weeks to stop Ebola, fight ISIS, and keep the government funded. 

FP News Team |

COLUMN

The Big Counterterrorism Counterfactual

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism? 

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Don’t Go Changing, Mr. President

The midterm drubbing wasn't a referendum on Obama's foreign policy. In the next two years, he should double down and stick to his guns.

Michael A. Cohen |

COLUMN

The Myth of the Indispensable Nation

The world doesn’t need the United States nearly as much as we like to think it does.

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

A President Riding Off Into the Sunset?

Three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

The Midterm's Mantra of Fear and Loathing

Don’t kid yourselves; from the Islamic State to Ukraine to Iran, foreign policy mattered in Tuesday's elections.

Gordon Adams |

COLUMN

This Man Is an Island

Obama stands alone, apart from his party and the world, in the wake of Tuesday’s elections.

David Rothkopf |

Exclusive

Exclusive: U.S. Firms Raced to Get Government-Backed Financing Before the Money Disappeared

With the Export-Import Bank on the chopping block, American companies tried to get requests in under the wire.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

A Small Step Backward for Mankind

Why America needs to embrace a culture of risk in order to build the next-generation space program.

Konstantin Kakaes |

Argument

Divided, We Stand

If Republicans win, does the global economy, too?

Daniel Altman |

COLUMN

Lame Duck? Shots Fired.

Why a Republican win on Tuesday may push the White House into a more aggressive foreign policy posture.

Bruce Stokes |

COLUMN

Netanyahu's Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

The administration is a coward for not saying what it really thinks about the special relationship with Israel.

Stephen M. Walt |

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The best stories from around the world.

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