Terms of Engagement

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.

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Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

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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.

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Slouching Toward Damascus

In Syria's implosion, Secretary of State John Kerry already faces a defining task. How hard is he prepared to push against Obama's weary realism? 

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The One-Man Show

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks he can singlehandedly solve the world's most intractable problems. But will President Obama even let him try?

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For Shame

Why don't Americans care more about torture?

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The Limits of Leading by Example

President Global Zero is learning the hard way that cutting back America’s nuclear weapons arsenal doesn't cut the mustard with rogue states.

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The Pit of Despair

In the streets of Pakistan, people have had it about up to here. For the Obama administration’s diminished goals there, maybe that’s not a bad thing.

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The African Century

The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?

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How to Pick a Secular Pope

Could the U.N. benefit from a little white smoke?

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Lost in the Desert

What does the Obama administration make of Egypt's Mohamed Morsy? Not much. But they've still got to figure out how to work with him.

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How Not to Repair a Broken Pot

The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.

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A Country Unto Itself

There’s no place like India. Which is precisely why its politics and economy are such a contradictory, beautiful mess.

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Return of the Gandhis

In the new India, everything is moving a mile a minute. Except politics.

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The Terrible Twos

Can Washington prevent the turbulent Arab Spring countries from going the way of the post-Soviet states?

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The Five-Year Engagement

As Obama begins his second term, one thing is clear: the administration's Iran policy is failing. What now, Mr. President?

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The Team of Buddies

Is President Obama’s national security team too like-minded and conservative about the limits of American power?

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Nation-Building in the Classroom

Has President Obama given up too soon on hopes for fixing Afghanistan?

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Second-Term Heat

What will be the legacy of Obama's next four years?

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Exit, Minus Strategy

Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?

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Welcome, Know-Nothings

The new Congress is a bunch of ignoramuses when it comes to foreign policy. And, frankly, that's probably a good thing right now.

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Hope Against Hope

A look back at what I've gotten wrong, and why I'm (mostly) not sorry.

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Secretaries of Safe

Obama’s likely national security picks are going to reinforce his innate caution -- for better and for worse.

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The Climate Scofflaw

Is the United States really the impediment to a universal compact on global warming?

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Extrication Negotiations

The United States is ready to start talking to the Taliban about a peace deal again. But nothing's going to happen without Pakistan.

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Life Inside the Iron Dome

Why President Obama shouldn't accept Israel's policy of defensiveness and despair.

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Silent but Deadly

How the State Department tried and failed to force Obama’s drone program into the open.

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Secretary Kerry

Would John Kerry do a good job of filling Hillary Clinton’s shoes?

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Adapt or Die

Still think climate change is a joke?

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The Amphibian

How Barack Obama learned to cover his right flank -- and his left.

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