What Obama Doesn't Understand About Syria

The U.S. policy to defeat the Islamic State is doomed to failure. Here’s how to fix it.

Noah Bonsey |


A Surprising History of Turkey in America

How do you get from Christopher Columbus to Butterball by way of Constantinople? Just ask Ataturk.

Nick Danforth |


Why Ukraine Must Bargain for Peace With Russia

The "let's make a deal" moment has arrived for Kiev and Moscow. But by pushing a hard-line agenda against Putin, the United States and Europe are only making things worse for Ukraine.

Samuel Charap |


Why America Is to Blame for Mexico's Carnage and Corruption

The crisis over 43 massacred students shows how dysfunctional and corrupt Peña Nieto's government is. And yet Obama keeps patting him on the back.

John M. Ackerman |


Sidelining the Spoilers

Colombia is closer than ever to ending its fight with leftist guerrillas. But is it about to let a few rogue actors ruin everything? 

Virginia Bouvier |


Home Away From Home

Pro-democracy activists from Thailand are banding together in exile rather than submitting to the military junta.

Jonathan Schienberg |


It's Time to Rethink How We Do Development

A group of development experts issues a plea for reform.

Matt Andrews |


Too Dangerous to Fail

Why the failure to secure a nuclear deal with Iran could have devastating consequences for global proliferation.

Barry M. Blechman |


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 |


Iran's Nuclear Chill

Talking with Iran about its nuclear program might help the cause of peace. But so far the nuclear dispute has been a disaster for the human rights of Iranians.

Nazila Fathi |


A Government, Sinking

Why South Koreans can't get over the Sewol ferry disaster.

S. Nathan Park |


Law and Disorder in Mexico

The disappearance of 43 college students only proves what everyone in Mexico already knows: The authorities are not to be trusted.

Daniel Wilkinson |


What Next for the Lwili Revolution?

What the history of successful nonviolent movements teaches us about the political transition in Burkina Faso.

Jonathan Pinckney |


Can FIFA’s Corruption Be Stopped?

The world’s governing body of soccer is reeling from a scandal involving the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. But making it accountable will take more than an investigation.

Roger Pielke Jr. |


Turning Up the Heat on a Hot India

The U.S.-China climate deal has all eyes on India. But is New Delhi ready to commit to emissions targets?

Neil Bhatiya |


Getting Past the Way of the Gun

Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad.

Christopher Holshek |


The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |


A Day Late and a Degree Short

Will the U.S.-China climate deal actually do anything to stop rising global temperatures?

Claire Casey |


China and the United States Are Preparing for War

Despite the Obama-Xi handshake deal, the probability of confrontation will only heighten as long as the PLA remains a black box.

Michael Pillsbury |


L'Affaire Baraçois Hollandbama

American and French politics seem to be devolving in parallel. That's bad news for the left in both countries.

Robert Zaretsky |


Kim Jong Un's Tin Can Air Force

North Korea's drones are cheap, small, and poorly made. That's exactly why they're so dangerous.

Van Jackson |


Swiftboating in the Islamic Republic

Forget flip-flopping; the worst thing a politician in Iran can be accused of being is “heroically flexible.”

Hossein Bastani |


America's Last Best Hope for Defeating the Islamic State Is… Iran?

U.S. firepower alone can't defeat the Islamic State. It needs to work with Iran, whether it likes it or not.

Emad Kiyaei |


Jerusalem, on a Knife's Edge

Stabbing attacks and random acts of Palestinian terror have brought the violence in Gaza and the West Bank into the heart of Israel.

Jonathan Schanzer |


Pen-Palling With the Ayatollah

Only ideologues and the ignorant don't understand that Obama's letter to Khamenei is just pragmatic politics.

Trita Parsi |


The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall

The United States has misinterpreted the end of Communism for a quarter of a century. It's time to set the record straight.

Melvyn P. Leffler |


Dilma's Smoke, Modi's Mirrors

From India to Brazil to Indonesia, getting emerging market economies in order is going to be a lot harder than investors want to believe.

Nicholas Spiro |


Xi's in the Money

Asian countries are wary about Beijing's growing power, and happy that America has made a forceful stand in the region. But China still brings home the bacon.

Richard Wike |


Why I Still Believe in the Arab Spring

Everyone talks about the "failure" of the Arab revolts that began in 2011. But the story isn't over yet.

Iyad el-Baghdadi |


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 |