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Report

Snap Poll: Does Obama Need to Put Troops in Ukraine to Prove America Is Tough?

We ask nearly 1,000 scholars about trade, aid, and what really stalled the Middle East peace talks.

Daniel Maliniak |

Argument

Obama's Big, New Counterterrorism Plan Is a Hot Mess

The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.

Gordon Adams |

Report

With Shinseki Out, Who Will Obama Tap Next to Lead the Department of Veterans Affairs?

The next VA Secretary will need to press reset on an entrenched bureaucracy with surging demand.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Gassing Up

The Obama administration is overhauling how it reviews natural gas export projects. That could speed up America's arrival as an LNG exporter.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

What We Talk About When We Talk About Leadership

Why is President Obama afraid to talk about the real levers of American exceptionalism?

G. John Ikenberry |

Argument

The Strategy Killer

Rising global violence threatens more than humanity's collective conscience. In 2014, America should seize two critical opportunities to address it.

Kristin Lord |

Report

Yergin: Crude Exports Would be a Win-Win

A new study adds fuel to the political debate over ending the 40-year old ban on oil exports.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

What the President Meant to Say…

The two big things missing from Obama’s speech are the keys to working with foreign partners on massive global problems.

James Stavridis |

COLUMN

A Disparity Impossible to Ignore

The sad irony of Obama's "big" foreign-policy speech.

Kori Schake |

Argument

Clean Up on Aisle One

Not new, not improved, Obama rehashes his Walmart foreign policy.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

What Obama Should Say at West Point, But Won't

The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.

Stephen Walt |

COLUMN

Exit 9/11 Through the Gift Shop

The X-Men take on the Grief-Industrial Complex. SNIKT!

Matt Bors |

Exclusive

Exclusive: Inside the FBI's Fight Against Chinese Cyber-Espionage

An American solar panel company wondered why Chinese firms kept undercutting their prices. Then the FBI knocked on their door.

Shane Harris |

Argument

How to Do Intervention Without Blowing Stuff Up

It’s time to relearn the good tools of the Cold War.

Ethan B. Kapstein |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Ukrainians riot ahead of the presidential election; Ultra-Orthodox Israeli soldiers train near the Syrian border; and Thailand's army chief declares a coup.

FP Staff |

Report

Into Thin Air

Congress and Obama are planning Reagan-era expenditures to modernize U.S. nuclear weapons under sequestration-era budgets. What could possibly go wrong?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

The Less Things Change…

It's been a year since Obama’s big speech about reforming the U.S. targeted killing program. Here are 10 things about the forever war that have hardly budged at all.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Our Spying Is Better Than Your Spying

The Obama administration is drawing a line between stealing the secrets of companies and nations.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

A Poor Chapter in the History Books

From Ukraine to Syria, is Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacy already doomed?

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Heads Won’t Roll

Obama’s talking tough about the VA scandal, so why isn’t he firing anyone?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Counterinsurgency for Foxes

The Pentagon's new COIN manual doesn't offer a big, bold vision for fighting wars -- and that's a very good thing. 

Ganesh Sitaraman |

Report

Caught Red-Handed

Washington is punishing China's cyberspies for the first time. Will Beijing come after U.S. spooks in response?

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

How to Get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 Minutes

Skip the seminars and the student debt: Here's everything you'd actually remember after four years.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Is the ICC Investigating Crimes by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan?

A warm relationship between the Obama administration and the International Criminal Court is in danger over new inquiries about U.S. detainee abuse.

David Bosco |

Argument

The Peril and Promise of Big Data

The White House report on information overload is underwhelming. But it's a start.

Erin M. Simpson |

COLUMN

Shiny, Shiny Data: The Thrill of the Chase

Why Washington and Silicon Valley must work together to truly understand the world.

Kalev Leetaru |