How Star Trek's Prime Directive explains Obama's foreign policy.
John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?
Why even dangerous demographics and the receding horizon of peace won't dim the lights in Jerusalem.
And, if so, is it even worth keeping?
Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?
Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.
From Putin to pundits, here are the 10 winners and losers of the U.S.-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.
The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.
The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.
Let's face it: Obama has limited interest, limited options, and limited reasons to get involved in Syria.
Let's face it: When it comes to peace talks, face-to-face negotiations don't work.
Let's not be so quick to prejudge Caroline Kennedy's appointment as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
How to tell if John Kerry's efforts with the Israelis and the Palestinians are actually going anywhere.
What really happens when the national interest meets the water's edge.
Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence.
Turning 90, Shimon Peres talks peace, politics, and the limits of leadership.
Obama's options in Syria are awful. But the United States is headed for intervention anyway.
Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?
Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.
Five reasons Obama can’t will his way into fixing the Middle East -- even if he wanted to.