Bush Administration

The LWOT

The LWOT: Obama considers ignoring Congressional Gitmo ban; UK to modify but continue control orders

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Terror arrests roil Europe; Obama considers indefinite detention review process

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Andrew Lebovich |

The Optimist

Publish or Perish

Private contractors cost taxpayers worldwide untold billions in corruption, inefficiency, and mismanagement. But the solution isn't getting rid of them -- it's showing the rest of us their paperwork.

Charles Kenny |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Suicide bomber targets Sweden; Holder pushes back against criticism of stings

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Sunshine Policy

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?

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: House effectively bans Gitmo closure, KSM civilian trial; Judge dismisses Awlaki targeted killing lawsuit

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Al Qaeda's M&A Strategy

Is franchising a successful way to build a global terror network?

Daniel Byman |

Terms of Engagement

The Land of No Good Options

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.

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Mohamud arrest sparks debate on entrapment; terrorist-linked passport forging ring broken up

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

LWOT special brief: Ghailani convicted on one count of conspiracy, cleared of murder charges

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Andrew Lebovich |

Backstory

A Tale of Two Parties

The incredible story of how Egypt's entrenched regime will stop at nothing to stifle the birth of a liberal opposition movement.

Eric Trager |

Argument

The Pause Button

If the Senate kills New START, is Obama's Russia policy dead, too?

Dmitri Trenin |

Argument

A War of His Own Making

On the day that defined his presidency, Bush never wavered from his decision: 9/11 meant war.

Blake Hounshell |

The List

Delusion Points

Don't fall for the nostalgia -- George W. Bush's foreign policy really was that bad.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Name Games

A Bush administration official recounts how, in the high stakes diplomacy over disputed territory, a tenuous peace can unravel because of a single typo.

Katrin Katz |

Argument

Blood on Our Hands

Newly released war documents show how the U.S. military, in cable after grim cable, painstakingly chronicled Iraq's descent into bloody Shiite-on-Sunni violence. So why did top officials deny the obvious?

Ellen Knickmeyer |

Argument

It's the Occupation, Stupid

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame -- the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.

Robert A. Pape |

Terms of Engagement

Darkness and Light

Barack Obama promised to end "the color-coded politics of fear." But we're still living in the shadows.

James Traub |

Argument

America's First Muslim President

Muslim Americans helped elect George W. Bush, but now they're leaving the Republican Party in droves. It didn't have to be this way.

Suhail A. Khan |

Feature

Reactor Reaction

An Iranian nuclear reactor will start operating in a few days. But Israel probably won't be bombing it.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Bush’s Gift to Obama

The United States may succeed in sitting the Israelis and Palestinians down for direct talks, but it’s unlikely the negotiations will go far. It’s time for a more creative approach -- one that picks up where George W. Bush left off.

Steven J. Rosen |

Dispatch

The Man Gitmo Raised

Omar Khadr's trial is a reminder of everything that went wrong with justice at Guantánamo Bay.

Andrea Prasow |

Argument

Colombia Kicks Over the Negotiating Table

Is President Álvaro Uribe trying to prevent his successor from making peace with Venezuela?

Bernardo Álvarez |

Document

Survey Charts Darfur Opinion for First Time

Those most affected by the crisis say they want Sudan's President Omar Hassan al Bashir prosecuted, are skeptical of chances for peace, and insist on reparations for crimes.

Rebecca Hamilton |

Feature

Life by a Thousand Cuts

The United States' defense-spending habit has been out of control for years. Will it ever change?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Fix the Police

One of the most urgent tasks confronting Gen. David Petraeus is also one of the least glamorous: reforming Afghanistan's corrupt and ineffective police.

Ronald E. Neumann |

Argument

The Afghanistan Clock

President Obama has now swapped one distinguished general for another. But he urgently needs to address the underlying issue dividing his administration: Is July 2011 a real deadline for U.S. troops to begin withdrawing, or just a clever domestic political ploy?

James Dobbins |

Argument

The Oliver Stone Show

South of the Border is no portrait of Hugo Chávez or the Latin American left; it's about how one U.S. director views the world.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

The Karzai Factor

The Afghan president just lost his best friend in the U.S. government. And he's not happy about it.

Nick B. Mills |