Election 2012

Think Again

Think Again: The Republican Party

The future of the GOP -- after the debacle.

Danielle Pletka |

In Box

Geek Squad

How behavioral scientists could make Obama's second term a success.

Richard Thaler |

The New New Normal

Getting Down to Business

The bad news is Washington hasn't seen the last of its bickering, dithering, and gridlock. The good news is Obama can change that in his first 100 days. 

Mohamed A. El-Erian |


Four More Years … in Exile

Can Republicans find their way out of the foreign-policy wilderness?

John Norris |


The Awakening

Why white nationalists are thrilled with Obama's victory

J.M. Berger |


Is J Street Winning?

This election showed that the Democratic Party's views toward Israel are changing in some disturbing ways.

Steven J. Rosen |

The List

Back to Work

7 things the U.N. can finally get around to doing now that the U.S. election is over.

Colum Lynch |


Stardust Across the Pond

Can Obama's magic rub off on David Cameron?

Alex Massie |


Why the World Can't Have a Nate Silver

The quants are riding high after Team Data crushed Team Gut in the U.S. election forecasts. But predicting the Electoral College vote is child's play next to some of these hard targets.

Jay Ulfelder |

By Other Means


Time for some foreign policy change we can believe in.

Rosa Brooks |

The List

The Dream Team

Barack Obama's election triumph is only days old, but already the buzz has shifted from the horserace to the coming shakeups among his top aides and cabinet secretaries. To help the president out, we asked seven top thinkers to select the brain trust that Obama should have at his side as he retools his foreign policy for a second term.

Passport Administrator |

David Barno

Brace Yourself

The U.S. may well go off the fiscal cliff. Is that so bad?

David W. Barno |

The List

Worst Predictions: Election Edition

The 10 dumbest calls of the campaign.

Joshua Keating |


It’s the Stimulus, Stupid

Why Obama won reelection when virtually every other incumbent in the West has been bounced from office.

James Traub |


Time for a Reset on Human Rights

Obama’s record has been a disappointment. Now he has a second chance to get it right.

Suzanne Nossel |

Micah Zenko

'A Period of Persistent Conflict'

Why the United States will never have another peacetime president.

Micah Zenko |

The List

How Ancient Plankton Elected Obama

And other crazy tales from the world's electoral maps.

Frank Jacobs |

The List

8 Ways the World Has Changed Since Obama's Election

With Election Day finally upon us, it's worth reflecting on what a difference four years makes.

Ty McCormick |


Peace Talks

How war disappeared from American campaign rhetoric.

Mary Dudziak |


Five Voting Systems Even Worse than the Electoral College

Think the United States has a crazy way to pick a president? You should see how Lebanon does it. 

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |


Rights and Responsibility

The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines.

Kenneth Roth |


No Game Change

The bipartisan consensus in Washington about expanding ties with India may be good for New Delhi, but it's turned the election into a snoozer.

Sadanand Dhume |


Resetting the Reset

The United States needs to decide whether to treat Russia as a marginal global actor or an asset in America's global strategy.

Dmitri Trenin |


Back to Africa

If Barack Obama is reelected, he'll have to deliver on his promises to Africa -- and act more like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |


Land of the Lost

Latin Americans may prefer Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, but few believe either candidate will pay the region the attention it deserves.

Michael Shifter |


Trouble in Pyongyang

As the United States dithers, an emboldened North Korea is quietly establishing itself as a small nuclear power.

Joel S. Wit |


The Tradeoff

When it comes to developing an industrial policy that can revive the U.S. economy, the president may have a leg up on his Republican challenger.

Clyde Prestowitz |


A Tale of Two Mitts

We know where Barack Obama stands on the world's most dangerous weapons. But what's Mitt Romney's nuclear policy?

Joe Cirincione |


A Stronger Pivot

Mitt Romney would manage relations with a rising China better than Barack Obama.

Daniel Twining |


Pakistani Power Play

If the United States wants to curb terrorism and nuclear proliferation, it needs to fundamentally rethink its relationship with Pakistan.

C. Christine Fair |