Terms of Engagement
Barack Obama has been saying the right things about democracy in the Arab world. Bahrain, a key U.S. ally, will be the test of whether he really means them.
After Osama bin Laden's death, Afghanistan looks more like Vietnam than ever -- and for once, that's a good thing.
Now that he's accomplished the central aim of George W. Bush's foreign policy, Barack Obama can finally get started on his own.
Will Bashar al-Assad's brutal crackdown on his citizens finally put an end to a decade of wishful thinking about the Syrian president?
How long can the United States and Pakistan keep pretending that they actually have any interests in common?
Is Barack Obama as much of a foreign-policy realist as he thinks he is?
In propping up autocrats in countries like Yemen and Bahrain, the United States has long weighed its interests against its principles. Is it a false choice?
Libya doesn't meet any of the criteria for a humanitarian intervention. We should do it anyway.
The Arab world that Barack Obama addressed in his famous speech two years ago is history. It's time for him to speak to the new one.
Muammar al-Qaddafi's fall won't just mark the close of an awful dictatorship -- it will end the Arab world's disastrous half-century-long affair with utopian governing fantasies.
Congressional Republicans are bent on all but eliminating the U.S. government's foreign aid budget. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be the only one who can stop them.
Running away from the Islamic party is exactly what the entrenched Egyptian ruling class wants America to do.
Egypt could be a watershed moment for democracy promotion in the Arab world -- but only if the United States understands how it went wrong the last time.
Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers have been a PR disaster for the Palestinian Authority. But it's Israel's American supporters who really need to read them.
Last week's upheaval showed that citizens of the Arab world are willing and able to overthrow their dictators -- and the Obama administration has to figure out how it will respond when they do.
The Forum for the Future was supposed to be an instrument of George W. Bush's Middle East freedom agenda. Seven years later, it embodies everything that was wrong with it -- and the Arab street is taking matters into its own hands.
Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to give up power isn't just a crisis for the Ivory Coast -- it's a moment of truth for the whole continent.
Meet Adm. Mike Mullen, unsung hero of Congress's not-so-lame duck session -- and Sen. Lindsey Graham, its undeniable goat.
Barack Obama says the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is a threat to the United States' national security. But is he acting like it is?
The United States has quietly asked allies like Yemen and Pakistan for some extraordinary favors in its war on terrorism. Is it really so terrible if WikiLeaks forces them to explain those demands?
The WikiLeaks cables show a U.S. diplomatic corps adept at diagnosing the big problems of American foreign policy -- and a country hopeless at solving them.
For now, all's quiet on the north-south front. But President Omar Hassan al-Bashir may still have a few cards to play before January's all-important referendum.
Are Senate Republicans really crazy enough to blow up Barack Obama's nuclear nonproliferation agenda?
The Republican Congress isn't even in office yet and already it's screwing up the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
What Barack Obama should tell the world in his Asia speech.