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Report

Tarnished Brass

The top Marine Corps general is unpopular with his troops, damaged on Capitol Hill, and under investigation in the Pentagon. Can he really still lead?

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

The New Defense Budget Plan

The Pentagon's budget imagines spending levels that are not based on reality. This isn't just a problem for now, but a problem for the next five years.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Head Games

Mexico’s president promised a new approach to the drug wars. So why is he still going after big fish?

Evelyn Krache Morris |

Argument

Big Adjustment

Five things Richard Stengel should know about his new job.

Jonathan E. Kaplan |

COLUMN

Recline!

Why "leaning in" is killing us.

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

Not Your Dad's Academy

Nick Kristof is wrong. Professors are more relevant, accessible, and tech-savvy than ever before.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Report

The Comfort Women Lobby

How tensions between South Korea and Japan are playing out in small towns across America.   

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Mexico on the Brink

Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.

Shannon K. O'Neil |

Argument

Muting the Noise

How the media make us all bad investors.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Good Neighbors

Why the United States needs strong ties with Canada and Mexico -- now more than ever.

Shannon O'Neil |

Exclusive

Nuking the Budget

Secret Energy Dept. report says boondoggle to handle Cold War plutonium will cost billions more.

Douglas Birch |

The Spendagon

The Men Who Really Run the Pentagon

Bob Gates wrestled the defense budget back from the Joint Chiefs. Chuck Hagel is handing it back.

Winslow Wheeler |

COLUMN

Warning: Winter Metaphor Alert!

How a foot of snow explains everything that's wrong with Washington, D.C. … and the world.

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

Any Way the Wind Blows

From drone strikes to Syria, the indecisive Obama administration thinks it can conduct foreign policy by floating trial balloons.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The GOP's Savior Is French

How the right-wing demagogue politician Marine Le Pen can save the floundering Republican Party.

James Poulos |

Report

The Geopolitics of Gas Exports

Why lawmakers from both parties, and plenty of countries overseas, are desperate to speed up U.S. energy exports

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Twilight of the Proconsuls

On Victoria Nuland’s gaffe and the Cold War echoes of American diplomacy abroad.

Kenneth Weisbrode |

COLUMN

How to Justify Any Policy, No Matter How Bad It Might Be

A handy 10-step guide to defending yourself, your country, or your boss.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

When Reagan Cut and Run

The forgotten history of when America boldly abandoned ship in the Middle East.

Micah Zenko |

Report

California's Green Energy Drought

The water shortage hammering California is bad news for power prices - and for the state's emissions goals.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

Rand Paul Is Right

The United States needs to officially end the Iraq war -- or else acknowledge that it’s waging an endless and unwinnable fight.

Emile Simpson |

COLUMN

The Cost of Growing Older

Why paying for an aging population may force the United States -- and its allies -- to cut back on military spending.

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

It’s Not About Trust

Why Russia's missile mischief shows that the United States needs to think differently about arms control.

Elbridge Colby |

COLUMN

Deferring the Inevitable

Political and piecemeal Pentagon budget cuts can't hide the fact that there's no strategy behind the sequester drawdown.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

If George Washington Were Alive, He'd be Reading Your Email

What James Madison (and the rest of the Founding Fathers) would have thought of the NSA and Edward Snowden.

Stephen F. Knott |

Argument

Daft Prez

Was Obama's State of the Union his second farewell address?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The State of the Union, By Google Autocomplete

A snapshot of the nation’s anxious, online soul.

Rosa Brooks |

Report

Recycled

If Obama's energy and trade policies sound familiar, they should.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Keeping His Powder Dry

From Syria to Iran, Obama's State of the Union leaves many questions unanswered.

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

Foreign Staid

State and USAID need an overhaul, but you won't hear it from Obama.

Daniel Serwer |