Election 2012



Mitt Romney don't know much about economic history.

Daron Acemoglu |

David Rothkopf

Too Much Baggage

Mitt Romney needs to fire his foreign-policy team. Yesterday.

David Rothkopf |


The Angry Lightweight

What's worse than not having a coherent foreign policy? Mouthing off about it.

Michael A. Cohen |

Slide Show

A Candidate Abroad

Mitt Romney's whirlwind tour proved the GOP nominee still has some things to learn on foreign policy.

Slide Show |


How Obama Lost Poland

Can Romney win back America's old post-Cold War ally?

Benjamin Weinthal |


Mitt Meets the Brits

London gets a crash course in the 2012 election.

Alistair Burnett |


Mitt's Pilgrimage

Can Romney swing American Jewish voters to the GOP ticket with his trip to Israel?

Oren Kessler |

Reality Check

Warning: Turbulence Ahead

Mitt Romney has a point: Barack Obama is no Israel-lover. And if the president wins a second term, expect a major clash with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aaron David Miller |


The End of the Affair

Four years after Barack Obama's landmark Berlin speech, the transatlantic alliance is fading fast. What went wrong?

Mark Leonard |


Justify My Love

How the Middle East is like Madonna.

David Rothkopf |


The Innocents Abroad

The 'tradition' of American presidential challengers demonstrating their foreign-policy chops with a big international trip is no tradition at all.

Joshua E. Keating |


Word Is Bond

Has President Obama kept Candidate Obama's campaign promises?

Michael A. Cohen |

Daniel Altman

How Republicans Sabotaged the Recovery

The economy didn't jump. It was pushed.

Daniel Altman |


Hope But No Change

Why has President Obama abandoned the one country in Africa he promised to help?

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |


Shipping Away Jobs and Common Sense

In demonizing outsourcing, both Obama and Romney are playing a stupid political game with the U.S. economy.

Daniel Altman |


The Romney-Cheney Doctrine

Mitt Romney's a big fan of George W. Bush's vice president. And that's a worrying sign for America's foreign policy.

Adam Smith |


Slippery Business

Inside Big Oil's little hint that it's picking Romney to win.

Steve LeVine |



America's real outsourcing crisis isn't the one Obama and Romney are arguing about. It's the talented immigrants who are prevented from setting up shop in America.

Vivek Wadhwa |


It's the Economy, Stupid… Or Is It?

Five foreign policy curveballs that could swing the election.

Samuel R. Berger |


Making Enemies from Friends

Hey, Mitt: Russia's not quite America's No. 1 geopolitical foe just yet, but keep up that talk and Vladimir Putin will be happy to oblige.

James Traub |


Tea, Taxes, and the Revolution

The Founding Fathers would revolt if they saw America’s tax burden today.

Grover G. Norquist |


Unipolar Disorder

Why are American voters so all over the place when it comes to foreign policy?

Michael A. Cohen |

Reality Check

No Dog in This Fight

Why Obama is playing it smart on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |


Containing the Islamist Revolution

The next American president would be naïve to think that the uprisings sweeping the Middle East will be good for America. It's time to retrench and protect U.S. interests from the Islamist tidal wave.

Ephraim Sneh |


Can't We All Just Not Get Along?

Why the push for bipartisan consensus in foreign policy is a dumb idea.

Michael A. Cohen |


Debating Hillary

Has Hillary Clinton -- the subject of a major new profile in Foreign Policy -- been a good secretary of state? Seven top foreign-policy watchers assess her legacy.

Adrienne Klasa |


Dreams from David Maraniss

What does the new Obama bio tell us about the president's view of the world?

Joshua E. Keating |


In Search of Merbama

Will Barack Obama's wooing of the German chancellor pay dividends in November?

Karen Leigh |

In Box

'American Exceptionalism': A Short History

How did a phrase initially used dismissively by Joseph Stalin become shorthand for who loves America more?

Uri Friedman |


The Five Stages of Egypt's Revolution

It matters little who wins the presidency this weekend -- a much bloodier uprising is inevitable.

Charles Holmes |