Diplomacy

Argument

China's New Backyard

Does Washington realize how deeply Beijing has planted a flag in Latin America?

R. Evan Ellis |

Argument

The Head of China's Petitioning Office

Why Barack Obama can't afford to take human rights off the agenda when he meets with Xi Jinping.

Sophie Richardson |

Terms of Engagement

The Combative Consigliere

Will Susan Rice bring out a more muscular side of Barack Obama?

James Traub |

Argument

How Obama Tried and Failed to Make Friends with China

Don't expect much from the upcoming summit -- we've been down this road before.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Reality Check

Peace Offensive

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Xi's Not Ready

Why Obama should skip the shirt-sleeves summit with China's new leader.

Michael Auslin |

Argument

How to Negotiate Like a Pashtun

A field guide to dealing with the Taliban.

Jonah Blank |

Dispatch

Karzai's India Gamble

Pakistan isn't helping the Afghan government end its standoff with the Taliban -- so Karzai is looking to India instead. 

Mujib Mashal |

Argument

Kerry's Syrian Quagmire

As the secretary of state tries to get the rebels and the regime to the negotiating table, a State Department official says it would take "sarin gas being lobbed at Tel Aviv" for Washington to take military action.

Gayle Lemmon |

Argument

Arms Twisting

Why won't Obama sign his own weapons treaty next week?

Rachel Stohl |

Think Again

Think Again: A Nuclear Iran

Why it won’t be the end of the world if the mullahs get the bomb.

Alireza Nader |

Christian Caryl

What I Left Out

I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.

Christian Caryl |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

Dept Of Secrets

War Scare

The real-life war game that almost led to nuclear armageddon.

Nate Jones |

Argument

Metternich in Baghdad

No, America hasn't "lost" Iraq. But a dangerous realpolitik is the new normal in Baghdad.

Ramzy Mardini |

Argument

What the Hell Was That All About?

After scaring the world witless, has North Korea slunk back into its cave?

Aidan Foster-Carter |

Argument

Curing America's Fear of Commitment

Karzai is an ingrate, but the Afghans need us.

Marc Chretien |

Rational Security

Getting to Yes with the Taliban

The case for negotiating with terrorists.

John Arquilla |

Argument

The Moscow Rules Still Rule

The Cold War may be over, but spycraft hasn’t changed much since the good old days.

Milton Bearden |

Argument

Dead on Arrival

I co-wrote the Arab Peace Initiative. And I doubt Kerry's good-faith attempt to revive it will succeed.

Marwan Muasher |

Argument

This Alliance Is Brought to You by the Letter 'M'

Introducing the world's most unlikely political grouping.

Brett Forrest |

Gordon Adams

Food Fight

Why is the agricultural lobby so mad at Obama?

Gordon Adams |

David Rothkopf

You Know It's Bad…

When progress in the Middle East seems more in reach than a Washington that works.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Oh, You Silly Man

How John Kerry got rolled by Vladimir Putin on a plan to save Syria.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

The Great Sino-Indian Alpine Tent Party of 2013

China's latest border squabble with India might seem trivial, but the consequences could set Asia on edge.

Dhruva Jaishankar |

Reality Check

Stepping Up to the Plate

Can Arab states get the peace process back on track?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Leave Bad Enough Alone

The United States should forget about intervening in Syria. Asia's what matters.

Edward Luttwak |

David Rothkopf

Red-Line Follies

Sorting the mistakes from the fiascos on Syria.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Time for Kerry to Face Facts

As America's top diplomat heads to Moscow, here are some tough questions he needs to answer about the Obama administration's flawed nuclear treaty.

Robert Joseph |