Diplomacy

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Rogue State

Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.

Uri Sadot |

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 |

The List

Zero-Sum Enrichment

Six reasons why the United States can’t force Iran's nuclear hand.

Colin H. Kahl |

Reality Check

Advantage: Iran

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

Aaron David Miller |

The List

Tempest in a Teacup

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

Michael Auslin |

The List

Found: Bibi's Missing Cartoon Posters on Iran's Nuclear Threat

Imagining a presentation full of Benjamin Netanyahu's strangest metaphors for the menace posed by Tehran.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

The Case for Canamerica

The far-out, incredibly earnest argument for why the U.S. should merge with its northern neighbor.

J. Dana Stuster |

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

It's Time to Abandon 'Munich'

After 75 years, foreign policy's uber-analogy needs to go.

Tom Shachtman |

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 |

Report

When Rouhani Met Ollie North

… and strung the White House along to get more weapons.

Shane Harris |

Report

Forget the Handshake

Here's what the United States really wants from Iran.

Yochi Dreazen |

Reality Check

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Home Alone

Does Angela Merkel even have a foreign policy?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Jeffrey Lewis

Armageddon 2

The supremely bad U.S.-Russian plan to nuke asteroids.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

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 |

Rebuttal

Keep Cutting Nukes

Four reasons why presidents have pushed for nuclear cuts for decades -- and why there's no reason to stop now.

Tom Z. Collina |

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 |

By Other Means

Wishful Thinking

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

Rosa Brooks |

Jeffrey Lewis

Pick a Card, Any Card

How Brian Eno explains Obama's Syria policy.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

Argument

Adrift in a Zéro-Polaire World

France's president was quick to promise military intervention in Syria. But will his country follow him into the fray?

Robert Zaretsky |

Argument

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?

Blair Glencorse |

Rational Security

The Syrian Abyss

What Nietzsche would say about striking Assad.

John Arquilla |