State Department

Argument

Lingering Questions on Benghazi

This week's report on the Obama administration's actions in Libya was credible but incomplete.

Darrell Issa |

Gordon Adams

Running Hills

Why senators shouldn't head the Pentagon or Foggy Bottom.

Gordon Adams |

Terms of Engagement

Secretaries of Safe

Obama’s likely national security picks are going to reinforce his innate caution -- for better and for worse.

James Traub |

Argument

Lost in Cyberspace

Why the State Department’s proposed new Twitter restrictions are a terrible idea.

Will McCants |

Argument

The Rice Stuff

Criticized unfairly on decades-old Africa policy, Susan Rice has shown she's got the right temperament to be secretary of state.

Witney Schneidman |

Feature

Twice As Rice

Who said it: Condoleezza or Susan?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

David Rothkopf

It's His Prerogative

Let Obama pick his secretary of state. Even if it's Susan Rice. 

David Rothkopf |

The List

Everything You Need to Know About Susan Rice

The lowdown on America's maybe-next secretary of state.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Throwing Rice

Barack Obama was right to defend Susan Rice from the GOP attacks. She's got the chops to be secretary of state.

Sean Kay |

Reality Check

Does It Matter Who the Next Secretary of State Is?

Whether Kerry, Rice, Donilon, or somebody else is named America's top diplomat, there will be one man in charge in Foggy Bottom -- Barack Obama.

Aaron David Miller |

Terms of Engagement

Secretary Kerry

Would John Kerry do a good job of filling Hillary Clinton’s shoes?

James Traub |

Dispatch

'Troubling' Surveillance Before Benghazi Attack

Sensitive documents found amid the wreckage of the U.S. consulate shine new light on the Sept. 11 assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Harald Doornbos |

Slide Show

Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary

Fourteen of the best images of Hillary Clinton as she celebrates her 65th birthday.

Slide Show |

Slide Show

Madam President?

While Barack Obama was off fighting to keep his job, Hillary Clinton was busy in New York doing it.

Slide Show |

Letters

Assessing Hillary

Is America's 67th secretary of state a Seward or a Powell?

Adrienne Klasa |

EXCERPT

Deadwood

Forget the best and brightest. Why did America send its C team to Afghanistan? An exclusive excerpt from the new book Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |

The List

Why Is the U.S. Selling Billions in Weapons to Autocrats?

The export of American arms to countries around the world -- even those actively repressing their own citizens -- is booming.

Zach Toombs |

Argument

Abandoning Sergei Magnitsky

Why is Hillary Clinton giving up on human rights in Russia?

Jamison Firestone |

Argument

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 |

Feature

Head of State

Hillary Clinton, the blind dissident, and the art of diplomacy in the Twitter era.

Susan B. Glasser |

Argument

No More Half Measures

A compromise solution that removes Syria's Bashar al-Assad but replaces him with a crony is now fully off the table. It's time for Washington to back the opposition.

Daniel Byman |

Argument

Bipolar Policy on Equatorial Guinea

The Justice Department turns up the heat against a resource-rich dictatorship as the State Department helps its leader buff his image.

Ken Silverstein |

Terms of Engagement

Sit this One Out

Why Obama shouldn't use drones to go after Mali's Islamic radical separatists.

James Traub |

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 |

Terms of Engagement

Nation-Building in the Yemen

Drones alone won't be enough to stop Yemen from falling into the failed state abyss.

James Traub |

Argument

Blame Canada

Why did Canada and the EU abandon Chen Guangcheng? (Hint: Pandas ain't free.)

Mark MacKinnon |

Argument

Annan's Mission Impossible

Why is everyone pretending that the U.N. plan in Syria has a prayer of succeeding?

Salman Shaikh |

David Rothkopf

The Debacle That Wasn't

What if the Chen episode was actually a U.S.-China breakthrough?

David Rothkopf |