Bush Administration

Argument

Call in the Civilians

Counterinsurgency is at least 50 percent civilian. So where have all the Foreign Service officers gone?

Ron Capps |

Argument

What Missile Defense?

Missile defense will be strategically useless against the nuclear threats from Iran -- or anywhere else.

Yousaf Butt |

Briefing Book

The Guantanamo Countdown

President Obama promised to close the facility within a year, but eight months later, the path is looking rockier. Here's what the administration needs to do to meet its deadline.

Sarah Mendelson |

Think Again

Think Again: Lawrence of Arabia

Afghanistan is a mess. Suicide bombs are still going off in Iraq. Is nation-building doomed to failure? It's time to consult the original insurgent, T.E. Lawrence.

John C. Hulsman |

Briefing Book

How to Save Lives by Breaking All the Rules

How former U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul ditched the bureaucracy, stopped intergovernmental turf wars, pushed for results, and helped create an anti-poverty machine that actually works.

Mark Dybul |

Feature

Can Mosquito Nets Stop Terrorists?

A previously unreported program sheds light on the battle for Africa's hearts and minds -- and the battle between the State Department and the Department of Defense.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Profile

The Real Winner of Afghanistan's Election

Meet Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the unsavory Tajik warlord whose grip on Afghanistan just got a whole lot tighter.

Hillary Mann Leverett |

Feature

Cheney's Jihad

Why "enhanced interrogation techniques" don't enhance U.S. interests.

Peter Bergen |

In Box

A Bright Shining Slogan

How "hearts and minds" came to be.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

Not Enough?

Susan Rice's speech was a good start toward global re-engagement. But it was only that -- a start.

John Norris |

Think Again

Think Again: A Marshall Plan for Africa

America brought Europe back to life a half-century ago. Why not give Africa the same chance?

Glenn Hubbard |

Argument

How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan

Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

Azeem Ibrahim |

Briefing Book

Somalia: Too Big a Problem to Fail?

A new hotbed of terror could be a domestic problem for Obama. But he shouldn't treat it like one.

Ken Menkhaus |

Argument

Censoring the Voice of America

Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media reports?

Matt Armstrong |

Feature

Assassination: A Brief History

When we go to war, what happens when we make our enemies faceless?

George Jonas |

Seven Questions

Seven Questions: Jay Garner

The man who first led reconstruction efforts in Iraq says that Arab-Kurd tensions are overblown and that "soft partition" would have been a good idea.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

Do Targeted Killings Work?

Drone strikes are far from perfect -- but they're also far better than nothing.

Daniel Byman |

Briefing Book

License to Kill

When I advised the Israel Defense Forces, here's how we decided if targeted kills were legal -- or not.

Amos N. Guiora |

Small Wars

This Week at War, No. 24

What the four-stars are reading -- a weekly column from Small Wars Journal.

Robert Haddick |

Argument

Obama's Shallow Realism

Why the U.S. president shouldn't react to one bad foreign policy with another.

David Gardner |

Argument

Cut Bibi Some Slack

Why Obama's hard line on Israeli settlements is counterproductive.

Steven J. Rosen |

Argument

A Road Map to Nowhere

Obama's refusal to dub Israeli settlements illegal is undermining any hope of Middle East peace.

Flynt Leverett |

Argument

Dreams from His Predecessor

Obama's Afghanistan strategy echoes all the same Bush mistakes -- and more.

Hillary Mann Leverett |

Argument

The Bushification of Barack Obama

They have already begun. But attempts to paint the new U.S. president as little more than a clone of his predecessor have only a slim chance of success.

Moisés Naim |

Argument

Whatever Happened to Preemption?

The Bush Doctrine after Bush.

Max Boot |

Feature

The Making of George W. Obama

The 2008 U.S. election was all about change. But that's not what we're going to get on foreign policy, says the longtime speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice. Instead of a radical departure from Bush, we're likely to end up with a lot more of the same. And that may be just what we need.

Christian Brose |

Seven Questions

Seven Questions: How to Close Gitmo

Closing Guantánamo sounds easy when you have support from, well, pretty much the entire world. But as former Pentagon insider Matthew Waxman tells FP, it’s not as simple as Barack Obama thinks.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Argument

The Worst of the Worst?

They told us to overlook the abuses because Guantánamo housed “the worst of the worst.” But new statistics prove that the vast majority of prisoners detained there never posed any real risk to America at all.

Ken Ballen |

Letters

Conventional War

Steven R. Ratner defends his arguments in "Think Again: Geneva Conventions" from White House legal adviser John Bellinger's critiques.

Katherine Yester |

Feature

The Coming Financial Pandemic

The U.S. financial crisis cannot be contained. Indeed, it has already begun to infect other countries, and it will travel further before it's done. From sluggish trade to credit crunches, from housing busts to volatile stock markets, this is how the contagion will spread.

Nouriel Roubini |