State Department

Argument

Not-So-Smart Power

Go ahead, Congress, cut away at U.S. foreign aid.

Ken Adelman |

Argument

Twisting Assad's Arm

U.S. diplomats are always complaining they have no leverage over Syria. They're wrong.

Andrew J. Tabler |

Argument

Two to Tango

David Miliband has a plan for bringing both sides to the negotiating table in Afghanistan. But getting the Taliban to show up won't be easy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Two to Tango

David Miliband has a plan for bringing both sides to the negotiating table in Afghanistan. But getting the Taliban to show up won't be easy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The War on Soft Power

Even the U.S. military doesn't want to cut the State Department and foreign aid budget. So why is Congress playing a dangerous game with America's global influence?

Joseph S. Nye Jr. |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Middle East unrest tops counterterrorism agenda; Media wary of covering 9/11 Gitmo trial

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Andrew Lebovich |

The List

A Decade of Wishful Thinking

Western policymakers and pundits tried for years to convince themselves that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a reformer. He's not.

Cameron Abadi |

Terms of Engagement

The Hard Part

What happens if the Libyan rebels actually win?

James Traub |

The List

WikiLosers

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks would change the world. At the very least, it changed these people's lives forever.

Charles Homans |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Awlaki-linked terror plotter sentenced to 30 years in prison; Brennan hits out at administration critics

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Myth of the Useful Dictator

In propping up autocrats in countries like Yemen and Bahrain, the United States has long weighed its interests against its principles. Is it a false choice?

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: DOJ indicts Canadian in NY Subway plot; Lawmakers and lawyers spar over Gitmo

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Memo to Madam Secretary: First, Do No Harm

Hillary Clinton's first visit to a changed Arab world is full of promise and peril.

Aaron David Miller |

Feature

Spy Games

Why Pakistan let CIA contractor Raymond Davis go.

Scott Horton |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Gunman kills two U.S. Airmen at Frankfurt Airport; Two NJ men plead guilty to attempting to join al-Shabaab

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: FBI arrests Saudi in alleged terrorism plot; Chesser gets 25 years in prison

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Andrew Lebovich |

Feature

A Warlord's Last Chance

Why Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor thinks there was an international conspiracy against him.

Johnny Dwyer |

Terms of Engagement

Slash and Burn

Congressional Republicans are bent on all but eliminating the U.S. government's foreign aid budget. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be the only one who can stop them.

James Traub |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Terror camp trainer pleads guilty at Gitmo; House passes 90-day Patriot Act extension

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: House fails to pass Patriot Act extensions; Top officials testify on terrorist threat

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Chechen rebel leader claims Moscow attack; Cameron criticizes 'multiculturalism'

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Andrew Lebovich |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Lieberman criticizes Army, FBI over Ft. Hood; Possible fifth 9/11 cell revealed

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Iran Cracks Down While Egypt Cracks Up

Tehran is claiming that the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt reflect the heady days of 1979. Not so fast says the Green Movement -- it's 2009 that's a better parallel.

Barbara Slavin |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Ghailani receives life sentence in embassy bombings; U.K. announces counterterrorism reforms

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Andrew Lebovich |

Terms of Engagement

The Rest of the Story

Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers have been a PR disaster for the Palestinian Authority. But it's Israel's American supporters who really need to read them.

James Traub |

Argument

Egypt's Struggle for Freedom

Egyptians are taking to the streets to demand their rights. Shame on America if it stands in the way.

Yasser El-Shimy |

Argument

Whispering at Autocrats

In one fell swoop, the candor of the cables released by WikiLeaks did more for Arab democracy than decades of backstage U.S. diplomacy.

Tom Malinowski |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Ghailani faces life at sentencing today; Alleged al Qaeda figure could be deported to U.S.

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Andrew Lebovich |

Feature

I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader

How a naval confrontation in the South China Sea created a global investment bubble -- and cost me half my life savings.

Jason Miklian |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Obama to resume Gitmo trials; Supreme court declines habeas case

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Andrew Lebovich |