U.S. Congress

The New New Normal

The Roadblock

If the West doesn't shape up, the rest of the world will just go around it.

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

David Rothkopf

Dysfunction Junction

Public officials from Beijing to D.C. are failing to rise to the world's challenges. That's where FP's Global Thinkers come in.

David Rothkopf |

Micah Zenko

Conflict Avoidance

President Obama's National Security Strategy aims to prevent the emergence of wars. So why won't the White House get behind its own strategy?

Micah Zenko |

Report

The Self-Serving Argument That Could Sink the Pacific Trade Deal

Congressmen cry foul over currency intervention -- until the U.S. does it.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Is Washington Letting This American Rot in a Cuban Jail?

Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Mr. Bitcoin Goes to Washington

Can the skyrocketing crypto-currency survive when all of D.C. is looking to tame it?

Jamila Trindle |

By Other Means

Privacy Is a Red Herring

The debate over NSA surveillance is about something else entirely.

Rosa Brooks |

Investigation

Scuttled at Sea

How maritime unions sunk America’s food aid reform.

Sasha Chavkin |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

Micah Zenko

Estimated Recovery Time

Will the self-inflicted political wound of the U.S. government shutdown ever heal?

Micah Zenko |

Terms of Engagement

Imperial Understretch and the Fall of Great Powers

The sad, dangerous lessons of America's budget standoff.

James Traub |

Feature

What Can You Buy for $24 Billion?

Here's what the U.S. government shutdown cost.

J. Dana Stuster |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Argument

The Fire Next Time

Why another debt crisis would be a national security disaster.

Robert D. Hormats |

By Other Means

It Was Nice While It Lasted

Reflections on the end of America.

Rosa Brooks |

Daniel Altman

A Plan to Save the Republican Party

Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's the GOP's best chance for survival.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Dumbest Game of Chicken, Ever

Obama’s trying to tank the markets to win the budget fight. Problem is, that might not work -- and Republicans just don’t care.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

The Walking Dumb

How a small gaggle of thickheaded Republicans could derail the entire global economy for a decade.

John Norris |

David Rothkopf

Pre-Existing Condition

It's not Obamacare or the shutdown that's the problem -- it's the lack of American leadership.

David Rothkopf |

Gordon Adams

Absurdistan, D.C.

How Republicans are threatening to turn Washington into a failed state.

Gordon Adams |

Micah Zenko

The Soldier and the State Go Public

Civil-military relations haven't been this bad in decades.

Micah Zenko |

By Other Means

Blood on the Constitution

America will never solve its gun problem until it gets over its fetish for the Founding Fathers.

Rosa Brooks |

Gordon Adams

Shots Fired

The battles over a drawdown at the Pentagon may have begun, but senior leadership is still prioritizing politics over hard budget realities.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Swing and a Miss

The Sabermetric spat about whether it's important for a president to appear "credible."

Daniel Drezner |

Gordon Adams

Get Real

The House proposal to keep defense spending down is a big deal -- and a reality check for the Pentagon.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Absent Without Leave

America's politicians are abandoning their responsibilities in the Middle East. What follows could be very dangerous.

Will Marshall |

Gordon Adams

Bad Leftovers

Why there's little hope for a solution to Congress's budget woes.

Gordon Adams |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Waiting for the Tomahawks

How do Syria’s rebels feel about a U.S. bombing campaign against Assad?

Hania Mourtada |