Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement

Trading Up

Why a massive trade deal is the key to the Asia pivot -- and to America's future.

James Traub |

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Obama's Pacific Wager

The White House is gambling America's global standing on a trade deal with Asia. Don't bet on Congress to get it done.

James Traub |

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The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?

James Traub |

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The Syrian Game-Changer

Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.

James Traub |

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Our Promised Land

How the beautiful, painful, and problematic birth of Israel mirrors modern America's moral ambiguity.

James Traub |

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The Bear Hug

Vladimir Putin is cheering Ukraine's stiff-arm to Europe. But can Kiev also keep Russia at arm's length?

James Traub |

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'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

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Et Tu, Menendez?

Why Democrats beating Tehran down with additional sanctions and zero enrichment guarantees could backfire, badly.

James Traub |

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Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

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Is Libya Beyond Repair?

Not quite. But the question is whether anyone really wants to help. 

James Traub |

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The Global War on Thinking Bad Thoughts

Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?

James Traub |

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Imperial Understretch and the Fall of Great Powers

The sad, dangerous lessons of America's budget standoff.

James Traub |

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Civil Surge

Can Syrian moderates prove they'd do a better job of governing liberated areas than the Islamist opposition?

James Traub |

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'Everyone Is Scared of ISIS.'

Can anyone stop the radicalization of Syrian rebels?

James Traub |

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The Test We're Giving Iran Is Rigged

Why Obama has to go bigger, much bigger, in making a deal with Iran -- or be prepared for a messy failure.

James Traub |

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The Baller

Can Edi Rama take his country from basketcase to breakout star?

James Traub |

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Rogue Secretary

Is John Kerry the president's attack dog, or is he off the leash?

James Traub |

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You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

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Bunker Mentality

As America ponders just how little to bomb Syria, both interests and responsibility are losing out to skepticism.

James Traub |

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Last Hope

The one place the Arab Spring hasn't gone to hell.

James Traub |

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Speak Softly and Carry No Stick

Welcome to the Obama Doctrine in Egypt.

James Traub |

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The Liberal Dark Side

Why rationalizing Egypt’s coup as a necessary evil is so self-destructive.

James Traub |

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The Technocrats and Tahrir

Egypt's new rulers have $12 billion to spend. Can they make enough economic progress to stave off disaster?

James Traub |

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Time to Be Bold

Why Obama must seize the opportunity to make a nuclear deal with Iran’s new president.

James Traub |

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

An Independence Day oratory on America’s national security paranoia.

James Traub |

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Squeal Like a Pig

Why Putin actually loves tweaking the United States over Edward Snowden, and why China’s too smart to bother.

James Traub |

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The Tyranny of the Majority

How John Quincy Adams explains the protests in Turkey and Brazil.

James Traub |

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Is Doing Something in Syria Better than Nothing?

Why Obama’s small plan to send small arms to the Syrian rebels might fail on all counts.

James Traub |

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The Combative Consigliere

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

James Traub |

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From Black Hawk Down to Standing Up

Could Somalia actually be ready to throw off the failed state tag?

James Traub |