Election 2012

Argument

Nasty Electoral Rhetoric Goes Global

Putin's reelection strategy: Blame the world for everything.

Susan B. Glasser |

In Box

How to Beat Obama

The president is far more vulnerable than he thinks on foreign policy.

Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie |

Feature

Mad Libs: War Edition

What's on the horizon for warfare in 2012? FP asked some of the world's top experts to fill in the blanks.

Alessandra N Ram |

Behind the Numbers

Asking the Right Question

Why are polls so all over the map when it comes to bombing Iran?

Scott Clement |

Argument

Rotting from the Inside Out

The debate over American decline is missing the point. All this talk about projecting U.S. power abroad means nothing if we can't fix our severe problems at home.

Michael A. Cohen |

Behind the Numbers

One Nation Under God

With Obama’s contraceptive plan putting him in hot water, how much does religion really matter at the ballot box?

Scott Clement |

Argument

The Counterterrorism Consensus

How did liberals end up supporting the Obama administration’s continuation of George W. Bush's secret war on terror?

Michael A. Cohen |

The List

Iran Man

Rick Santorum says he's been studying Iran for a decade. But does he know what he's talking about?

Uri Friedman |

Behind the Numbers

Don't Count on a Syria Intervention

In the end, Americans just aren't interested in getting involved in promoting democracy overseas.

Scott Clement |

Feature

Super Freaks

Meet the Super PAC that wants to fight Islam, ban circumcision, and bury people at sea.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

Sorry, Mitt: It Won't Be an American Century

American politicians should stop pretending the United States runs the world.

Charles Kupchan |

Argument

Premature Evacuation?

Why cutting and running in Afghanistan is good politics for Obama.

Michael A. Cohen |

Behind the Numbers

The Bin Laden Bounce

Does killing bad guys really help at the ballot box?

Scott Clement |

Argument

The Debate the GOP Didn't Have in Florida

Instead of repeating tired applause lines about Fidel Castro, here are the vital Latin American issues the Republican candidates should be talking about.

Michael Shifter |

Argument

Mexican Standoff

Republicans have a historic chance to win the Hispanic vote. They're shooting themselves in the foot.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

Fly Me to the Moon

The Republican establishment would probably prefer that Newt Gingrich spend less time talking about lunar mining and space hotels. But the former House speaker may be the only true free-marketer in outer space. 

Charles Homans |

Argument

Good Old America

Obama thinks America can be as great as it once was. Oh, and Osama bin Laden is dead.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Land of Plenty

Obama's State of the Union address highlighted good news for U.S. oil production. But is America really on the path to energy independence?

Steve LeVine |

Argument

Fine Words

Sure, Obama talks the talk. But now what?

Dov S. Zakheim |

Behind the Numbers

Home Front

The presidency will be won or lost on the strength of the economy, but some surprising international issues may mix things up.

Scott Clement |

Argument

Kill Shot

Banish any thought of Obama going soft on foreign policy. His third State of the Union address was wrapped in the flag of martial victory.

Michael A. Cohen |

Feature

House of 19,000 Corporations

The uproar over Mitt Romney's finances shines a light on the world's most unlikely financial capital.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

The Complete Obama

A pre-State of the Union guide to Barack Obama's favorite foreign-policy themes -- and how they've evolved over time.

Uri Friedman |

Feature

Grading Obama's Foreign Policy

Nine experts rate the president’s performance so far.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Argument

'Romantic and Often Dangerous'

Newt Gingrich is still very much the foreign-policy provocateur he was in 1995.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

Obama Needs a Grand Strategy

The president gives a good speech, and sure, he got Osama bin Laden, but do his foreign policies add up to anything?

Rosa Brooks |

Terms of Engagement

The Military-Political Complex

Why is Barack Obama standing to the right of conservatives when it comes to cutting the defense budget?

James Traub |

Behind the Numbers

Radioactive Politics

Why President Obama might be in serious trouble when it comes to his handling of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Scott Clement |

The List

What the World Makes of Mitt

Romney's rise may be producing yawns at home, but the Republican frontrunner has touched a nerve (make that several nerves) overseas.

Uri Friedman |

Dispatch

From Paris with Love

Dear Mitt: What's this European socialist nightmare you're so afraid of? Trust me, la belle vie ain't that bad.

Eric Pape |