State Department

Gordon Adams

Rebalancing the World Stage

Why America can no longer be both an actor and director.

Gordon Adams |

By Other Means

How to Be a Foreign Policy Genius in 7 Minutes

A Rosa Brooks PSA for furloughed employees.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

The Diplomatic Doldrums

How is the State Department ever going to get a bigger budget if Congress isn’t clear about what it actually does?

Nicholas Kralev |

Reality Check

Experts, Shmexperts

Let's not be so quick to prejudge Caroline Kennedy's appointment as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Aiding and Abetting

Why are the United States and Japan still giving tens of millions of dollars in aid to China?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Report

Is Anyone In Charge Of U.S. Syria Policy?

Somebody tell Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department if so.

Gordon Lubold |

Reality Check

Peace Offensive

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Aaron David Miller |

By Other Means

Automatic for the People

How to end Obama's culture of secrecy in just a few lines of code.

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

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 |

Letters

Minority Report

Should presidents seek out dissent?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Rebuttal

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

The Year in Quotes

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

Micah Zenko |

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 |