North America

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 |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

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 |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Christian Caryl

The Beacon Dims

The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Mark Perry |

Report

A Pipeline to Somewhere

With the Keystone pipeline still in limbo, TransCanada gets the ball rolling on Plan B -- shipping tar-sands oil to Canada's eastern coast.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

The Pendulum and the President

An exclusive excerpt from “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Stop Playing Cowboy on Ebola

By defying the CDC, U.S. governors imposing unnecessary Ebola quarantines risk making the next global pandemic all the more terrifying.

Gregg Gonsalves |

Report

The Hottest Party You've Never Heard Of

Forget Nerd Prom. Washington's social event of the year is Spy Prom. And in case you missed it, I was there.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.

William D. Hartung |