Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement

Last Hope

I know what I'd like Obama to say at the final presidential debate, but I'm not holding my breath.

James Traub |

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The Biden Doctrine

How the vice president is shaping President Obama's foreign policy.

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Better Late than Never

How naive self-confidence led Barack Obama astray, before prudence brought him back.

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Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

The Republican candidate gave us a tantalizing hint this week of what his foreign policy might actually look like -- but does he have the guts to actually do what we think he thinks?

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Keep Calm and Carry On

The Arab world needs our help; it just doesn't know how to ask nicely.

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The Tragic Optimism of an American Diplomat

Remembering Ambassador Chris Stevens and reflecting on the power of the United States to shape the new Middle East.

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Cancer at the Core

The key to ensuring America's long-term national security is something neither Democrats nor Republicans really seem to understand.

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The Time for Action

The Obama administration has backed itself into a corner in Syria, a crisis with few good options. But the endgame is clear, at least, and the time to get involved has come.

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Get on This Train

When will Americans realize we're losing the infrastructure race to China?

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Zone of Insanity

Are Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak really crazy enough to bomb Iran -- against the wishes of the United States and their own people?

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The Reformer in Rabat

Is Morocco’s King Mohammed VI the savviest ruler in the Arab world?

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Baby Steps

With the slow but steady consolidation of militias and the success of moderate democratic parties, despite all odds, it seems like Libya might be on the right path.

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The Twisted Arc of History

In the land of no-good-options, is Barack Obama doing enough to push the cause of human rights in the Middle East? 

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The Most Important War You Probably Know Nothing About

Gather round, children, and let me tell you about the War of 1812.

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Sit this One Out

Why Obama shouldn't use drones to go after Mali's Islamic radical separatists.

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Enough Talking, Kofi

It’s time for the world to stop hiding behind Kofi Annan's skirts. We gave diplomacy a chance in Syria; now we must accept that diplomacy has failed.

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Nation-Building in the Yemen

Drones alone won't be enough to stop Yemen from falling into the failed state abyss.

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Terrorist Fishing in the Yemen

The Obama administration has doubled down on the use of drones to go after bad guys. How long until the blowback comes?

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The Accidental Peacemaker

China now finds itself on the side of peace in a brewing border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. But is it really committed to stopping its old buddy, Bashir?

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Our Man in Baghdad

Don't look now, but the greatest threat to Middle East stability might just be the "democracy" we created in Iraq.

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Latin Lovers' Quarrel

Obama may be well-liked by the people of Latin America, but smiling and waving won't clean up the mess the United States leaves on their table.

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Two Cheers for Malian Democracy

The West African country has a lot going for it, but sadly that's not enough.

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The Wages of 9/11

The war on terror may be over, but it's left behind a terrible human rights legacy -- and Barack Obama has done very little about it.

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The Least Bad Option

Let's face it, there are no good solutions to the mess in Syria.

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Pandering in Paris

With President Nicolas Sarkozy closing the gap in the run up to elections, challenger Francois Hollande is falling back on the tired, old Socialist battle cry.

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Will the Good BRICS Please Stand Up?

You can call them respectable democracies, but India, Brazil, and South Africa will be judged by how they act abroad. And on the Syria question, it's been shameful.

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The Egypt Backlash

Is it a fantasy to believe that the United States can still promote democracy in non-democratic states?

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What Would John Adams Do About Iran?

It’s time for No. 44 to channel No. 2.

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Fumbling the Nuclear Football

President Obama finally has a chance to make good on his pledge to rid the world of nuclear weapons. So why is he so afraid of making history?

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