Election 2012

The List

Swing Producers

Ten states where the energy debate could decide the U.S. election in November.

Logan Bayroff |

Argument

Playing Dirty

Can Big Oil deliver the election to Mitt Romney?

Steve LeVine |

Argument

Killing It

Why President Obama's kill list controversy is only good news for his reelection campaign.

Michael A. Cohen |

Interview

The Obama Paradox

A conversation with David Sanger, author of a new book on Obama's secret wars. 

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Conservative Defense Revolution

Or, how the Tea Party learned to love the Pentagon.

James Jay Carafano |

The List

Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

Daniel Drezner |

The List

5 World Events That Could Swing the U.S. Election

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are slugging it out over the economy, but the world may have a trick or two up its sleeve.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

Damned if You Do

Obama hasn't made a peep about cutting U.S. support to NATO -- though everyone agrees it's necessary to get Europeans to pay their fair share. And yet, Romney attacks him for it.

Michael A. Cohen |

Reality Check

Barack O'Romney

Ignore what the candidates say they'll do differently on foreign policy. They're basically the same man.

Aaron David Miller |

David Rothkopf

Obama's Debacle

The president has protected his right flank for now, but history won’t be so kind.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Government We Deserve

Americans are sick and tired of Washington's dysfunctional politics. But it's not Congress they should be angry at -- Americans got exactly the system of government they asked for.

Alasdair Roberts |

Slide Show

A Tale of Two Inaugurations

Whose inauguration had more bling -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's or French President François Hollande's?

Slide Show |

Argument

The Value Proposition

Candidates like to preach the preeminence of American values on the campaign trail, but it's interests that dominate inside the White House.

Michael A. Cohen |

The List

Where in the World Is Same-Sex Marriage Legal?

It's not just those liberal Northern Europeans who have embraced homosexual unions.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

The Last RINO

To the modern Republican Party, Richard Lugar was already a dead man walking. He just didn't realize it.

Jacob Heilbrunn |

Argument

President Paul

Ron Paul maybe a long shot in November, but he's America's best bet on foreign policy.

Michael Scheuer |

FP Explainer

Can Poor People Open a Swiss Bank Account?

Bad news: You need more than a passport, some pocket change, and a healthy disdain for the IRS.

Uri Friedman |

Behind the Numbers

The OBL Blowback

Is Obama's chest thumping a turnoff?

Scott Clement |

Argument

Tarred and Feathered

Vice President Joe Biden's confident speech today painted Mitt Romney as both George W. Bush and Michael Dukakis when it comes to foreign policy.

Michael A. Cohen |

Behind the Numbers

The New, New World Order

Do Americans still hate the United Nations?

Scott Clement |

Reality Check

5 Reasons Obama Will Win in November

The election is six months away, but here's why the president already has this one in the bag.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Rubio Doctrine

The potential veep contender makes a decidedly non-Romneyesque statement on foreign policy.

Joshua E. Keating |

David Rothkopf

A Nation of Spoiled Brats

Financial Times columnist Ed Luce explains the real reason for American decline.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Tale of the Tape

As the two heavyweights finally square up, who's got the advantage on the key foreign policy issues of the 2012 campaign?

Michael A. Cohen |

Behind the Numbers

Romney’s Hill to Climb

If Romney thinks he can beat Obama on foreign policy, he's going to have to do a whole lot more than just criticize the president.

Scott Clement |

Reality Check

The Second-Term Illusion

Or, why Barack won't be beating up on Bibi next year.

Aaron David Miller |

The List

Seven Flip-Flops Romney Needs to Make

During the bruising Republican primary, front-runner Mitt Romney has talked himself into a corner on some key foreign-policy issues. He's going to have to shake the Etch-a-Sketch one more time if he's going to win the election and actually govern as president.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

The Zero Man

Obama’s greatest obstacle to re-election isn’t Mitt Romney, or rising gas prices: It’s Ben Bernanke.

Heleen Mees |