North America

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 |

In Box

Leftists for Life

Why the Great Recession's "lost generation" may be lost to the right wing -- forever.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Goodbye to All That

If American nation-building is dead, what nation remains at home?

James Traub |

In Box

Lethal Autonomy: A Short History

How killer robots became more than just scary science fiction.

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

The True Forever War

Technology, not policy, will make it easier for U.S. leaders to kill people, blow things up, and disrupt computer networks around the world.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Highly Enriched Politics

The Iran debate is a window into the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Here's where the would-be candidates stand.

Heather Hurlburt |

Daniel Altman

The Inefficiency of Inequality

Why America's staggering wealth disparity is an economic problem -- not just a moral one.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Speak Up, Mr. President

A memo to Barack Obama on how to talk about the Middle East policy no one thinks he actually has.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Still Unprotected

President Obama’s reforms at the NSA won’t protect Americans’ privacy from continued government intrusion.

Rand Paul |

Argument

Just the Data, Ma'am

Obama admitted to dragnet surveillance. We still don't know what will happen next.

David Cole |

Report

Cut Short

The latest threat to international peacekeeping is political warfare in Washington.

Michel Gabaudan |

COLUMN

From Messiah to Mediocrity

How a constitutional scholar became a "just trust me" pol.

David Rothkopf |

Report

NSA Surveillance Will Change. Just Not Very Much.

Seeking a middle ground on surveillance, Obama pleases few.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Head in the Sand

How many more tell-all memoirs will it take for the president to admit that it's not working?

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Uniform Fix

Why putting more military veterans on Capitol Hill won't end Washington's rampant partisanship.

Micah Zenko |

Report

Pennsylvania Avenue's Cold War

How a New Jersey Democrat became the White House's biggest foreign-policy foe.

Yochi Dreazen |

COLUMN

Keeping It Central

From health care to education, what the United States can learn from poorer countries.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Cult of the Cyber Offensive

Why belief in first-strike advantage is as misguided today as it was in 1914.

P.W. Singer |

COLUMN

National Stupidity

In international politics, pride goeth before a fall.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Lost in America

How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Gordon Adams

Echoes of 1914

A strange, dangerous, and oddly familiar era -- of declining American power, global rebalancing, and profound inequality -- is upon us.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Acquitted in Court, Still Blacklisted by the U.S.

The United States sanctioned Ante Gotovina when he was a fugitive fleeing war crimes charges. Now he's a free man, but still on the list.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

I Spy

Welcome to the FBI's new mission.

David Gomez |

Argument

Cold Comfort

Why #polarvortex trended and climate change is somehow still "unverified."

Richard C.J. Somerville |