State Department


The Angst in Foggy Bottom

Many in the State Department aren’t happy with the president’s policy on Syria. And they’re speaking out.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon |


Minority Report

Should presidents seek out dissent?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


What Vali Nasr Gets Wrong

A former State Department insider has written a blistering account of the Obama administration’s missteps in Afghanistan. But is he right?

Sarah Chayes |


Why Being So Right Feels So Bad

Why did it take the State Department 10 years and billions of dollars to figure out that Iraq reconstruction was a massive failure?

Peter Van Buren |

Dept Of Secrets

A Clear View from Foggy Bottom

How State Department analysts  -- and no one else -- foresaw the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

William Burr |

The List

The Prince of the White House

Eleven rules for how Barack Obama, or any U.S. president, can have his way on national security.

Elliott Abrams |

Slide Show

Secretary of Schlep

Hillary Clinton traveled to 112 countries -- we made an awesome slide show.

Slide Show |

Gordon Adams

Continental Shift

Why the Pentagon should pay less attention to Africa.

Gordon Adams |


Lawsuit: Kabul Embassy Guards Told To Lie About Long Hours

The saga of U.S. diplomatic security in Afghanistan continues.

Adam Zagorin |

Terms of Engagement

Second-Term Heat

What will be the legacy of Obama's next four years?

James Traub |


The Year in Quotes

The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.

Micah Zenko |


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 |


Lost in Cyberspace

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

Will McCants |


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 |


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 |


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 |


'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 |


Assessing Hillary

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

Adrienne Klasa |



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 |


Abandoning Sergei Magnitsky

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

Jamison Firestone |


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 |