Terms of Engagement
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.
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.
The Obama administration's leaner, meaner military may be still too big.
Why is Barack Obama standing to the right of conservatives when it comes to cutting the defense budget?
Do Obama’s red lines with Iran and others really mean “or else”?
In this year of protests, is it really fair to compare the grievances of the Occupy movement to the courage of the Arab Spring?
Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai wants billions of Western dollars in aid for decades to come. Fine, but not with him in charge.
The votes are in, and Islamist parties are ascendant throughout the Arab world. But can they rule?
Do Europeans believe in the European Union enough to save it?
The Republican presidential hopefuls have a pretty clear idea of who they think America's enemies are. But what about its friends?
Barack Obama's Iran policy is frustrating, slow-moving, and fraught with uncertainty. But have you taken a look at the alternatives?
Neocons blew off concerns about Iranian influence in Iraq in 2003. Why are they so obsessed with it now?
Barack Obama shouldn't have to make excuses for sending troops to Uganda.
France's newly dominant Socialists have absorbed the lessons of American politics -- but are they planning to take the republic back to the future?
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.
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.
America did nearly everything wrong in the post-9/11 world. The post-Arab Spring world is our chance to finally get it right.
Meet the Libyan postwar planners who put the Bush administration's Iraq team to shame.
What the naysayers got right about the Arab Spring.
If you want to cut the defense budget, ask a Republican (just not these Republicans).
What the debt ceiling deal tells us about the Tea Party's grim vision of American power.
Cutting U.S. military aid to Pakistan might be just what the world's most frustrating alliance needs.
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.
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.