Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement

A Loss We Can Live With

The endgame in Afghanistan isn’t 2013 or 2014; it’s already happened. The only thing now is to make sure that the retreat is not a total disaster for those we leave behind.

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The Cynics at the Gates

The world is more prepared to stop atrocities than ever before, but it is still unwilling -- or unable -- to actually bring those atrocities to an end.

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Why Stop There?

The Obama administration's leaner, meaner military may be still too big.

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The Military-Political Complex

Why is Barack Obama standing to the right of conservatives when it comes to cutting the defense budget?

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Threats and Promises

Do Obama’s red lines with Iran and others really mean “or else”?

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The Dog That Didn't Bark

Algeria looked ripe for revolution. What happened?

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Occupy Everywhere

In this year of protests, is it really fair to compare the grievances of the Occupy movement to the courage of the Arab Spring?

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A Little Humility

If Iraq has taught us anything, let it be this.

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The Botched Ballot

Why even failed elections are good for democracy.

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Quid Pro Go

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai wants billions of Western dollars in aid for decades to come. Fine, but not with him in charge.

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Ready for Their Close-Up

The votes are in, and Islamist parties are ascendant throughout the Arab world. But can they rule?

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Continental Divide

Do Europeans believe in the European Union enough to save it?

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With Us or (Mostly) Against Us

The Republican presidential hopefuls have a pretty clear idea of who they think America's enemies are. But what about its friends?

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The Nuclear Options

Barack Obama's Iran policy is frustrating, slow-moving, and fraught with uncertainty. But have you taken a look at the alternatives?

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The Hawks' New Flight Pattern

Neocons blew off concerns about Iranian influence in Iraq in 2003. Why are they so obsessed with it now?

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No Apology Necessary

Barack Obama shouldn't have to make excuses for sending troops to Uganda.

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Exodus

Is there a place for Christians in the new Middle East?

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That Seventies Show

France's newly dominant Socialists have absorbed the lessons of American politics -- but are they planning to take the republic back to the future?

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Is There Light At The End of Egypt's Tunnel?

Egypt is a mess right now, but if its Army can figure out how to give up power and set elections on course, there's still hope for a happy ending.

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Punitive Measures

The coming Palestinian statehood push at the United Nations is a train wreck. But with the U.S. Congress promising punishment for this effrontery, it's not just Palestinians who will come away grievously injured.

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Twilight in Manhattan, Dawn in Tripoli

America did nearly everything wrong in the post-9/11 world. The post-Arab Spring world is our chance to finally get it right.

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Over the Horizon

Is worrying about war with China a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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Ready for Day One

Meet the Libyan postwar planners who put the Bush administration's Iraq team to shame.

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A Revolution, with Qualifications

What the naysayers got right about the Arab Spring.

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Can Obama Be Just Like Ike?

If you want to cut the defense budget, ask a Republican (just not these Republicans).

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All Guns, No Butter

What the debt ceiling deal tells us about the Tea Party's grim vision of American power.

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Less Is More

Cutting U.S. military aid to Pakistan might be just what the world's most frustrating alliance needs.

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A Just War, and an Unfinished One

Recognizing Libya's rebels was the right move by the United States and its allies -- but it's not the only one they have to make.

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Bashir's Choice

The brutal means that the Sudanese president has used to keep his country together have instead blown it apart in the most chaotic way possible.

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Lift One from the Gipper

Tim Pawlenty has the Reaganite foreign policy talking points down, but do they add up to anything?

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