Terms of Engagement
Obama can't live without drones, Pakistan can't live with 'em. So the president bowed to the Islamic street.
Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.
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?
Secretary of State John Kerry thinks he can singlehandedly solve the world's most intractable problems. But will President Obama even let him try?
President Global Zero is learning the hard way that cutting back America’s nuclear weapons arsenal doesn't cut the mustard with rogue states.
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.
The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?
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.
The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.
There’s no place like India. Which is precisely why its politics and economy are such a contradictory, beautiful mess.
In the new India, everything is moving a mile a minute. Except politics.
Can Washington prevent the turbulent Arab Spring countries from going the way of the post-Soviet states?
As Obama begins his second term, one thing is clear: the administration's Iran policy is failing. What now, Mr. President?
Is President Obama’s national security team too like-minded and conservative about the limits of American power?
Has President Obama given up too soon on hopes for fixing Afghanistan?
Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?
The new Congress is a bunch of ignoramuses when it comes to foreign policy. And, frankly, that's probably a good thing right now.
A look back at what I've gotten wrong, and why I'm (mostly) not sorry.
Obama’s likely national security picks are going to reinforce his innate caution -- for better and for worse.
Is the United States really the impediment to a universal compact on global warming?
The United States is ready to start talking to the Taliban about a peace deal again. But nothing's going to happen without Pakistan.
Why President Obama shouldn't accept Israel's policy of defensiveness and despair.
How the State Department tried and failed to force Obama’s drone program into the open.
Would John Kerry do a good job of filling Hillary Clinton’s shoes?