Diplomacy

Argument

A Diplomatic Solution in Syria Is on Life Support

Here are seven pressure points that could revive it.

Maura Connelly |

Argument

How to Do Intervention Without Blowing Stuff Up

It’s time to relearn the good tools of the Cold War.

Ethan B. Kapstein |

Christian Caryl

Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?

History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Downbeat in Doha

In Qatar's gilded schmoozefest forum, some weird ideas about America were getting tossed around this year.

James Traub |

Report

The Magnitsky Flip-Flop

The Obama administration was against Russia sanctions before it was for them.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Why Burma's Top General Is Playing Peacemaker

The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

Dispatch

Bildt in a Day

Meet the Swedish foreign minister who isn't afraid to say what he means -- especially if it's about what Washington gets wrong. 

Michael Weiss |

In Box

Law & Order: Rogue States Unit

What a peek inside America's prisons can tell us about U.S.-Iran relations.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

America's Peace Crisis

The U.S. diplomatic corps is underfunded, overstretched, and set up to fail. Here's how to fix it.

Christopher Holshek |

Argument

A Friend in Need

Why Israel should count itself lucky to have a straight-talking pal like John Kerry.

Michael A. Cohen |

Dispatch

Can Radek Sikorski Save Europe?

Meet the Oxford-educated Polish foreign minister fighting to get a wishy-washy continent to stand up to Russia.

Michael Weiss |

COLUMN

Honey, Vinegar, and Apartheid

Why apocalyptic warnings from America's diplomat-in-chief will do nothing to advance the peace process.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

When One Door Closes...

Could a surprising gift of disputed Russian islands to Japan end up pulling Tokyo away from Washington?

Sergey Radchenko |

Argument

The Seven-Year Itch

The reconciliation deal between Hamas and the PLO is long overdue. And America should welcome it.

Khaled Elgindy |

Argument

I Come Bearing … Reassurance

Leave the gifts at home, Mr. President. Here are the five things America’s allies in Asia really need.

Marco Rubio |

Argument

Shinzo Won't Go

Why the Obama administration needs to learn to live with Japan's fiery prime minister.

Michael Auslin |

Dispatch

Back to the Bad Old Days

A diplomatic spat over Iran’s ambassador to the United States has Washington and Tehran at odds again.

Sune Engel Rasmussen |

Christian Caryl

Imagining Invasion on Vladimir Putin's Doorstep

Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Threat of Justice

Israel fears prosecution in The Hague, and the Palestinians know it. But does the world’s war crimes court want to get involved?

David Bosco |

COLUMN

The Lonely Man

With the peace process sputtering, will John Kerry abandon his signature initiative -- or cling to his belief that a deal can really be reached?

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Suicide by Statehood

Palestine's push for international recognition is tanking John Kerry's peace talks. Was this Abbas's plan all along?

Grant Rumley |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Breedlove to FP: a need to rethink U.S. posture in Europe

Kerry was against Pollard's release before he was for it; Hagel to meet with Malaysian counterpart; Is a U.S. sub already on the hunt for 370?; CMC takes notice of an op-Ed; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

Why Are We So Busy Trying to 'Figure Out' Vladimir Putin?

On personality politics, great men, and the fallacy of thinking that individuals actually shape the world.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Who Speaks for Crimea's Tatars?

FP talks to Mustapha Dzhemilev about his besieged people and bizarre conversation with Vladimir Putin.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

When Sanctions Aren't Enough

If NATO wants to stanch Russian adventurism in Eastern Europe, it needs a comprehensive security plan (and fast).

William B. Taylor |

Report

Hillary’s Burma Problem

It’s the crowning achievement of her tenure as secretary of state, and it’s unraveling at the seams.

Catherine A. Traywick |

COLUMN

Spies, Swaps, and Sins of Omission

Five ways to tell the Middle East peace process is in big trouble.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Slow Burn

Western sanctions aren't having an immediate impact on Russia, but they could gradually make Moscow's economic woes much worse.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Move Over, Uranium, Now It's Time for Plutonium

Can the Nuclear Security Summit actually move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises?

Douglas Birch |