Barack Obama

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

David Rothkopf

Mr. President, We Can Handle the Truth

Why it's time for the White House to get ahead of the NSA scandal.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

The Global War on Thinking Bad Thoughts

Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?

James Traub |

Reality Check

Empty Promises

Can Obama deliver on Israel and Iran -- or is he overreaching?

Aaron David Miller |

David Rothkopf

False Fronts

How the biggest intelligence community scandal in modern memory and Washington's infamous Twitter troll expose the real D.C.

David Rothkopf |

David Rothkopf

Sisyphus at the State Department

From Iran to Syria to Israel, can the United States keep pushing boulders up a hill?

David Rothkopf |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Jeffrey Lewis

Poison Control

Why can't we get rid of nukes the same way we got rid of chemical weapons?

Jeffrey Lewis |

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One-Two Punch

Why Obama needs both Tehran and Moscow to make a deal in Syria.

Brian Katulis |

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Dumbest Game of Chicken, Ever

Obama’s trying to tank the markets to win the budget fight. Problem is, that might not work -- and Republicans just don’t care.

Daniel W. Drezner |

The List

Tempest in a Teacup

Five reasons why canceling Obama's Asia trip is no big deal.

Michael Auslin |

Terms of Engagement

'Everyone Is Scared of ISIS.'

Can anyone stop the radicalization of Syrian rebels?

James Traub |

Argument

Nonessential

Has Obama given up on the Asia pivot?

Alex N. Wong |

Micah Zenko

Threat of Failure

Does coercive diplomacy actually work? Don't let the popular narrative on Syria fool you.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Trust, but Clarify

Obama should head down the diplomatic road toward a nuclear deal with Iran, but he must make exceedingly clear what he will not abide.

Dennis Ross |

Argument

Remember Cairo?

While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.

Shadi Hamid |

Argument

A Singh and a Miss

Even a state visit by India's prime minister can't save a relationship with Washington that's dangerously off-base.

Michael Kugelman |

Terms of Engagement

The Test We're Giving Iran Is Rigged

Why Obama has to go bigger, much bigger, in making a deal with Iran -- or be prepared for a messy failure.

James Traub |

Argument

Maximum Bibi

Peace in the Middle East? Not if Benjamin Netanyahu has anything to say about it.

Daniel Levy |

Marc Lynch

A Partial Syria Reset

Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.

Marc Lynch |

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Amateur Hour

Caroline Kennedy might have gotten softball questions at her Senate confirmation hearing, but don’t expect the Japanese to go as easy on her.

David Leheny |

Argument

Own Goal

Why Dilma Rousseff's decision to stand up Obama hurts Brazil more than the United States.

Christopher Sabatini |

Argument

Assad's Chemical Weapons Could Wind Up in Russia

One reason why Western officials are being so nice to Moscow: They want Russia to destroy Syria's deadly arsenal on its own soil.

R. Jeffrey Smith |

Argument

Swing and a Miss

The Sabermetric spat about whether it's important for a president to appear "credible."

Daniel Drezner |

Argument

Public Editing Putin

Never was so much B.S. presented to so many people in such a short text.

James Kirchick |

Marc Lynch

The Price of Proxies

Don't be fooled: The United States is already knee-deep in the Syrian quagmire, and the opportunity costs are disturbing.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Absent Without Leave

America's politicians are abandoning their responsibilities in the Middle East. What follows could be very dangerous.

Will Marshall |

David Rothkopf

The Blind Squirrel Gambit

Has Obama stumbled into a solution for Syria?

David Rothkopf |

By Other Means

Wishful Thinking

Frustrated with Obama's Syria speech? Here are two better ones he could have given.

Rosa Brooks |