Election 2012

The List

This Year in Political Food Fights

Mitt Romney claimed grits, David Cameron staked out meat pies, and now Rick Santorum's trying to turn the jelly belly red.

Uri Friedman |

Behind the Numbers

The Not-So-Evil Empire

Is Russia still America's bogeyman?

Scott Clement |

Rebuttal

Pushing Back

President Barack Obama's advisors fire back at Mitt Romney.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Argument

Bowing to the Kremlin

Why Obama's "hot mic" diplomacy is endangering America.

Mitt Romney |

David Rothkopf

Hunger Games

Where's this big, transformational change we've been craving from Barack Obama?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Hollow Threats

Mitt Romney's aggressive harangues about China don't scare us. And does he really want to pick a fight with a nation of 1.3 billion people?

Hu Xijin |

Behind the Numbers

Hearts and Minds

As of late 2010, a higher percentage of Afghans than Americans supported the war there. But is that support eroding?

Scott Clement |

Reality Check

Six Big Lies About How Jerusalem Runs Washington

From the Jewish cabal to the Capitol Hill Knesset, the worst leaps of logic when it comes to Israel, U.S. politics, and the Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

The List

Who Said It: Ron Paul or Ron Paul?

The Republican presidential candidate may be a party-switcher, but he's no flip-flopper.

Uri Friedman |

Reality Check

The Goldilocks Principle

No one's perfect, and surely not President Obama. But in the rough and tumble world of foreign policy, it's hard to argue he hasn't done most things just about right.

Aaron David Miller |

Behind the Numbers

Persian Mathematics

Despite the Republican claims that Obama's Iran policy is weak-kneed, the American public generally supports his wait-and-see approach. That is, of course, unless it doesn't work.

Scott Clement |

Argument

Campaign Manager

Can a board game really simulate the grueling twists and turns of the campaign trail?

Michael Peck |

Argument

Cameron Bets on Obama

The British prime minister is a lot more like the American president than you think. And he clearly believes Barack is headed for victory in November.

Oliver Kamm |

Argument

Kicking the Afghan Can

President Obama's Afghanistan strategy might be a political liability in November -- and he has no one to blame but himself for a war he never bothered to think through.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

The Politics of Sorry

Six stations on the road to forgiveness -- and why there's no harm in President Obama apologizing to Afghanistan.

Karl E. Meyer |

David Rothkopf

The Iceman Leadeth

The cool diplomacy of Barack Obama.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

What David Cameron Can Teach the GOP

American Republicans have all but destroyed their brand during this election cycle. Their once-and-future Tory allies across the pond can teach them how to build it back up.

Alex Massie |

The List

Six International Newspaper Columnists Who Actually Like Mitt Romney

The Republican candidate has boosters in unlikely places -- from Canada to the Congo.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

Gettin' the Gipper Wrong

Mitt Romney doesn’t know what he's talking about when it comes to Ronald Reagan's foreign policy.

Michael A. Cohen |

The List

Who Said It: Bush or Obama?

When it comes to their rhetoric on Iran, there's less distance between the cowboy and the community organizer than you might think.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

The Ron Paul Revolution Continues

If they continue to malign and ignore the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, GOP elders will be slamming the door on their future.

Christopher Preble |

Argument

Not-So-Super Tuesday

The real winner of the Republican primary is Barack Obama.

Ruy Teixeira |

Rebuttal

Stuck in a Rut

If the Republicans really want to attack President Obama on foreign policy, they’re going to have to do a lot better than just recycling tired, old ideas.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

The Driller in Chief

President Obama's critics say he's been a disaster for the energy industry. But the numbers tell a different story.

Michael Levi |

Argument

Between Iran and a Hard Place

Forced to choose between high gas prices and a nuclear Iran, Barack Obama could very well remake himself into a war president.

Gal Luft |

Rebuttal

From Strength to Strength

Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie have it all wrong. Americans believe in President Barack Obama’s foreign policy competence -- and picking a fight just makes the GOP candidates look lame.

Jeremy Rosner |

Behind the Numbers

A Threat We Can Live With

Most Americans really don’t like North Korea, but few say it’s worth going to war to make them get rid of their nuclear weapons.

Scott Clement |

Argument

Nice Oil Imports You've Got There. Shame if You Lost Them.

Why Americans need to be more grateful to Canada.

Vaclav Smil |

Feature

Grand Ayatollah or Grand Old Party?

Who said it: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum?

Reza Aslan |

Argument

The Global Health President

Why Rick Santorum would be great news for the AIDS fight in Africa.

Jack C. Chow |