State Department

Argument

Friends Like These

This week's tensions aside, China and the United States still need each other more than they admit.

Dan Blumenthal |

Argument

The bin Laden Files

What the al Qaeda leader's final correspondence tells us about his legacy.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Down with CISPA

America needs to stop preaching civil liberties abroad while passing privacy-destroying bills at home.

Trevor Timm |

Feature

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won't be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

Melanne Verveer |

Feature

Mad Libs: Women in Politics

FP asked top female politicians around the world to fill in the blanks on sexism, women leaders, and breaking the glass ceiling.

Alessandra N Ram |

Slide Show

The New al Qaeda Franchises

Al Qaeda itself may be diminished after the death of Osama bin Laden, but its affiliates are still sowing instability around the world.

Lois Parshley |

In Box

Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

Backed Into a Corner

Hey America, there's a pretty good reason why Iran doesn't trust you. Maybe it's time for a different approach.

Hossein Mousavian |

Argument

A Tormenting in Moscow

Why is Russia harassing President Obama’s new ambassador?

Leon Aron |

Argument

Clinton Embraces the Navy

Will U.S. competition with China for naval dominance spark a new Cold War on the high seas?

Robert Farley |

EXCERPT

State of Disrepair

If the State Department really wants to lead U.S. foreign policy, it needs to stop complaining about the military and act more like it.

Kori Schake |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Alleged 9/11 plotter to face death penalty trial

Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox -- just sign up here.

Jennifer Rowland |

Terms of Engagement

The Least Bad Option

Let's face it, there are no good solutions to the mess in Syria.

James Traub |

Reality Check

What It Takes to Be a Great Secretary of State

(And why we can't have one in the Obama administration.)

Aaron David Miller |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

A tragedy in Toulouse, spring has sprung, and a general testifies.

Slide Show |

The List

The Most Controversial Israeli Settlements

A tour of the region's most contested residences.

Oren Kessler |

Christian Caryl

Rude Awakening

Promoting democracy in places like Egypt or Iraq is about changing the status quo. So why are we so surprised when it turns out that not everyone is in favor?

Christian Caryl |

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 |

The LWOT

The LWOT: State Department establishes Bureau of Counterterrorism

Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox -- just sign up here.

Jennifer Rowland |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Government approves military custody for terrorist suspects

Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox -- just sign up here.

Jennifer Rowland |

Argument

Realpolitik and the Myanmar Spring

Wondering why Hillary Clinton is in Myanmar right now? Hint: it's all about China.

Bertil Lintner |

Document

WikiLeaked

The U.S. diplomatic cables that mattered most this year.

Suzanne Merkelson |

Terms of Engagement

The Nuclear Options

Barack Obama's Iran policy is frustrating, slow-moving, and fraught with uncertainty. But have you taken a look at the alternatives?

James Traub |

EXCERPT

Remembering the Unquiet American

A fond retrospective on Richard Holbrooke, America’s most ambitious diplomat.

Strobe Talbott |

Slide Show

Holbrooke in His Own Words

The sweep of 20th-century foreign policy, seen through the eyes of its most avid participant.

Slide Show |

Argument

Debating the Pacific Century

In the November issue of Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argues that it's time for the United States to move on from its costly wars in the Middle East, and make a strategic "pivot" to Asia. FP asked four smart observers to take the measure of Clinton's plans for engagement in the Far East.

Charles Homans |

Feature

America's Pacific Century

The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.

Hillary Clinton |

Slide Show

Eastern Promises

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a long history with Asia and, like the country she represents, a long future.

Slide Show |

Briefing Book

Follow the Money

A simple reform created for stopping terrorist financiers could dramatically strengthen international sanctions, and cut off the flow of funds to some of the world’s worst regimes.

Stuart Levey |

Argument

How the State Department Came After Me

For telling the truth about what I saw in Iraq.

Peter Van Buren |