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Feature

Total Recall

If the NSA's massive spying operation sounds a lot like a Bush-era program ... that's because it is.

Shane Harris |

Argument

The Evolution of an Interventionist

How John McCain became America's unofficial ambassador of leading from the front.

John Norris |

Christian Caryl

Secret Police State

What’s worse: the NSA or the East German Stasi?

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Type 'S' for Suspicious

DARPA's far-out, high-tech plan to catch the next Edward Snowden.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

America: Choosing Security Over Liberty Since 1798

Sorry, Edward Snowden -- the United States has a long, dubious history of putting national security before people's freedoms.  

Hayes Brown |

Argument

Oversight Now

Why Congress needs to go big -- and restrict the power of a runaway executive branch.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

Inside the NSA's Ultra-Secret China Hacking Group

Deep within the National Security Agency, an elite, rarely discussed team of hackers and spies is targeting America's enemies abroad.

Matthew M. Aid |

Argument

Obama’s Surveillance State

The war on terror has taken over not just U.S. foreign policy, but also our inboxes, smartphones, and Facebook pages. And we're only beginning to understand how much harm that's caused.

Suzanne Nossel |

Terms of Engagement

The Combative Consigliere

Will Susan Rice bring out a more muscular side of Barack Obama?

James Traub |

Argument

How Obama Tried and Failed to Make Friends with China

Don't expect much from the upcoming summit -- we've been down this road before.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Reforming the Democracy Bureaucracy

Washington's democracy promotion community is a mess. Here's how to fix it.

Melinda Haring |

Rebuttal

An Honest Broker

The national security advisor of James Mann's profile bears little resemblance to the Tom Donilon I know.

Jeremy Bash |

Reality Check

Speak No Evil

Why Obama shouldn't have given that big drone speech.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

New Asia, Old Europe

Does one obscure Austrian philosopher have the blueprint for the U.S. pivot to Asia?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Obama's Gray Man

Tom Donilon has amassed enormous behind-the-scenes power as the president’s national security advisor. But now, as the White House shuffles its foreign-policy team, his critics are sharpening their knives.

James Mann |

Terms of Engagement

The Indispensable Nation's Indispensable Weapon

Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.

James Traub |

Argument

Freedom Begins at Home

How can the Obama administration credibly promote freedom of speech abroad while restricting it in the United States?

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Prepare to Start Making Things Again

Why America's natural gas boom is good news for U.S. manufacturing and bad news for China.

Charles R. Morris |

Argument

Metternich in Baghdad

No, America hasn't "lost" Iraq. But a dangerous realpolitik is the new normal in Baghdad.

Ramzy Mardini |

Daniel Altman

Are We Becoming Argentina?

The Republican Party is taking America down a dangerous path.

Daniel Altman |

Reality Check

No, They Can’t

Why American presidents always disappoint us.

Aaron David Miller |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

James Traub |

Argument

Give Them Our Huddled Masses

Why America should swap its retirees, patients, and students for skilled immigrant labor.

Aaditya Mattoo |

Feature

The Unstoppable Force vs. the Immovable Object

Could the United States really go to war with China?

Noah Feldman |

Argument

Dead on Arrival

I co-wrote the Arab Peace Initiative. And I doubt Kerry's good-faith attempt to revive it will succeed.

Marwan Muasher |

Argument

Obama's Self-Inflicted Scandal

The only thing transparent about the White House is its perverse penchant for secrecy.

Richard A. Epstein |

David Rothkopf

You Know It's Bad…

When progress in the Middle East seems more in reach than a Washington that works.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

Out With It

Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.

James Traub |

Argument

Time for Kerry to Face Facts

As America's top diplomat heads to Moscow, here are some tough questions he needs to answer about the Obama administration's flawed nuclear treaty.

Robert Joseph |