Election 2012


Middle East Lost

The Arab Spring gave Barack Obama the perfect opening to reorient U.S. policy in the Middle East. Too bad he blew it.

Shadi Hamid |


Climate Course Correction

The world has spent two decades developing policies to combat global warming -- and we have little to show for it.

Bjørn Lomborg |


The National Security Consensus

The next four years of U.S. foreign policy will look a lot like the past four years -- regardless of who's elected president.

James Dobbins |

Rational Security

Passive Aggression

Why do so few politicians challenge America's emphasis on military action?

John Arquilla |

The List

Taking the Hill

The eight races the military-industrial complex is watching.

Gordon Lubold |

The List

Get Fat. Grow a Beard. Or Do This.

Five job ideas for Tuesday’s big loser.

Joshua E. Keating |


Lies, Damned Lies, and Defense-Job Statistics

No, cutting Pentagon spending will not destroy local economies.

Christopher Preble |

David Rothkopf

12 Catastrophes the Next President Must Avoid

We've heard plenty about what the candidates want to do in office, but the future will be determined by what Tuesday's winner doesn't do.

David Rothkopf |

Daniel Altman

If Markets Picked Presidents

Who would be better for the global economy: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

Daniel Altman |

Slide Show

Oh, The Places He's Been

A look back at Barack Obama's globe-hopping first term. 

Slide Show |


Air Wars

How defense is playing in the 2012 campaign.

Gordon Lubold |


Defense in 2013

Who wins, depending on who wins.

Kevin Baron |

The List

Obama's Likeliest Flip-Flops

If the president wins again on Nov. 6, he might fire up an Etch-a-Sketch of his own.

Joshua E. Keating |


In Praise of Flip-Floppers

When it comes to presidents and foreign policy, changing your mind is as American as apple pie.

Zachary Keck |


Why Bloomberg Endorsed Obama

Yes, it really is climate change, stupid.

Gernot Wagner |


Whatever Happened to Chinese Human Rights?

On the American campaign trail this year, China's people went missing.

Frank Jannuzi |

By Other Means

Red Herring

The myth of the Republican military voter.

Rosa Brooks |


The Crisis That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Why Obama and Romney are both afraid to talk about the mess in Europe.

Nick Schifrin |

The List

Blue Planet

What if the world could vote in the U.S. election?

Uri Friedman |


No, Obama Did Not Abandon Poland

How the administration has tightened relations with Warsaw.

Stephen J. Flanagan |

Micah Zenko

The Long Third War

No matter who wins in November, America should get ready for 10 more years of drones.

Micah Zenko |

The List

Winds of Change

From the failed Mongol invasion of Japan to Cyclone Nargis, six storms that changed the course of history.

Ty McCormick |


Meet Sandy, the Game Changer

This storm could upend American politics -- if we're lucky.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

The Amphibian

How Barack Obama learned to cover his right flank -- and his left.

James Traub |

The List

Clicking This Will Make You Stupider

The 10 worst foreign policy campaign ads of 2012.

Uri Friedman |

By Other Means

Jerks vs. Waterboarders

The best reason to pick Obama over Romney.

Rosa Brooks |

Amy Zegart

Interrogation Techniques

What Bob Schieffer can learn from the CIA.

Amy Zegart |


Can't We All Just Not Get Along?

Why a decade of war hasn't provoked a real debate about America's role in the world.

John A. Gans Jr. |


Tell Us the One About the Robots, Mr. President

Want to lead the free world? You'd better figure out what to do about the rise of the machines.

Peter W. Singer |