Politics

Christian Caryl

Tycoon Warning

How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Micah Zenko

Estimated Recovery Time

Will the self-inflicted political wound of the U.S. government shutdown ever heal?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Beware of the Middle East's Fake Feminists

Middle Eastern dictators love to use their "enlightened" treatment of women to justify their rule. They shouldn't get away with it.

Samia Errazzouki |

Putinology

The Race War in Russia's Capital

How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.

Anna Nemtsova |

Feature

What Can You Buy for $24 Billion?

Here's what the U.S. government shutdown cost.

J. Dana Stuster |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Argument

The Fire Next Time

Why another debt crisis would be a national security disaster.

Robert D. Hormats |

By Other Means

It Was Nice While It Lasted

Reflections on the end of America.

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

The Empire Shuts Down

Helpful hints on what to do when The Force gets furloughed.

Michael Peck |

Christian Caryl

Peer Pressure

The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.

Christian Caryl |

Case Studies

Redrawing the Map for Democracy

How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.

Rachel Jackson |

Dispatch

The Long March North

The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle |

Report

Ash Carter Tells Pentagon Boss, 'It's Time for Me to Go'

Flournoy, Kendall are seen as leading successors.

Gordon Lubold |

Report

NSA Veterans: The White House Is Hanging Us Out to Dry

'There has been no support for the agency from the President, and this has not gone unnoticed.'

Shane Harris |

Feature

Bush League

How baseball fell apart in the land that gave us Mariano Rivera and Rod Carew.

Eric Soussanin |

Daniel Altman

A Plan to Save the Republican Party

Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's the GOP's best chance for survival.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Dumbest Game of Chicken, Ever

Obama’s trying to tank the markets to win the budget fight. Problem is, that might not work -- and Republicans just don’t care.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Putinology

The Ferocious Pirates of Greenpeace

Russia's decision to charge environmental activists with piracy sets an ominous precedent.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Case for Canamerica

The far-out, incredibly earnest argument for why the U.S. should merge with its northern neighbor.

J. Dana Stuster |

Interview

The New Iron Lady

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talks to Foreign Policy about corruption, press freedom, and developing her nation as a petropower.

Johnny Dwyer |

Argument

The Walking Dumb

How a small gaggle of thickheaded Republicans could derail the entire global economy for a decade.

John Norris |

David Rothkopf

Pre-Existing Condition

It's not Obamacare or the shutdown that's the problem -- it's the lack of American leadership.

David Rothkopf |

By Other Means

How to Be a Foreign Policy Genius in 7 Minutes

A Rosa Brooks PSA for furloughed employees.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Why We Should No Longer Trust the Words 'Free and Fair'

International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.

Silvana Toska |

Argument

It's Time to Abandon 'Munich'

After 75 years, foreign policy's uber-analogy needs to go.

Tom Shachtman |

Argument

A Singh and a Miss

Even a state visit by India's prime minister can't save a relationship with Washington that's dangerously off-base.

Michael Kugelman |

Gordon Adams

Absurdistan, D.C.

How Republicans are threatening to turn Washington into a failed state.

Gordon Adams |

Putinology

A Pussy Riot Letter from Prison

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the punk band’s most famous member, jolts her compatriots with a description of her life in a Russian penal colony.

Anna Nemtsova |

Marc Lynch

A Partial Syria Reset

Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

The Fight for the Soul of Russia’s Opposition

As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.

Christian Caryl |