U.S. Congress

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 |

Argument

Pushed on the Bandwagon

Obama's Syria plan forced AIPAC's hand.

Steven J. Rosen |

Micah Zenko

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Gordon Adams

Intervention on the Cheap

Lawmakers trying to tie Syria to sequestration don't seem to realize we've already paid for this war.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Bait and Switch

Obama’s “limited” strikes are just the prelude to massive intervention in the Middle East. And Congress shouldn’t fall for it.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

All Syria Policy Is Local

The political expediency of Obama's congressional push on Syria.

William G. Howell |

The Optimist

Barriers to Entry

How opening borders gives economies a lift.

Charles Kenny |

David Rothkopf

The Gamble

Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.

David Rothkopf |

Gordon Adams

Return of the Precipice

Raising the curtain on this fall's fight over the defense budget.

Gordon Adams |