U.S. Congress


Off to a Bad Start

Why is the president letting America's nukes rust?

Sen. Jim Inhofe |

Micah Zenko

Clip the Agency's Wings

Why Obama needs to take the drones away from the CIA.

Micah Zenko |


Obama Proposes Shifting Funds from Nuclear Nonproliferation to Nuclear Weapons

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in new spending on warheads.

R. Jeffrey Smith |


Time to Face Facts

Three years in, New START has performed exactly as advertised.

John Kerry |


Point of Order

The problem with Congress's idea to base immigration on economic merit.

Alexandra Starr |


Losing the Senate

Carl Levin's retirement is the latest blow to a smart foreign policy.

Norm Ornstein |

Amy Zegart

Wait, Did the System Just Work?

Congress performs oversight on drones -- and gets results.

Amy Zegart |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

By Other Means

Mission Creep in the War on Terror

The case against giving the president even more power to use force.

Rosa Brooks |

Micah Zenko

God Bless Bob Woodward

In praise of investigative reporting.

Micah Zenko |


Time Is Running Out on North Korea

Congress needs to make Pyongyang pay a price for its recklessness.

Sen. Robert Menendez |

Micah Zenko

A First Draft of the Third War

Why President Obama should commission a history of targeted killing.

Micah Zenko |

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 |

Gordon Adams

26 Days Later

On March 27, the sequester will rise from the dead.

Gordon Adams |


Cutting Off Your Nose

The impending sequester won't just do short-term damage to the U.S. government. In fact, it's already hurt it more than you think.

Norm Ornstein |


Hagel's Revenge

How Obama's new Pentagon chief can get back at his Republican enemies.

Lawrence J. Korb |


The Price of Hagel

Could this nomination fight change the electoral map in 2016?

Heather Hurlburt |


Refusal to Lead

In a dangerous and changing world, President Obama is just wishing away the problems America faces.

Marco Rubio |

Christian Caryl

What George W. Bush Did Right

The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.

Christian Caryl |

The New New Normal

Escape Velocity

The president's State of the Union address is the best place to focus responsibility and re-launch the American economy. Because the real problem is Washington. 

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

David Rothkopf

If Obama Were a Truth-Teller

Here’s what he would say on Tuesday night.

David Rothkopf |

Gordon Adams

War by PowerPoint

Is the White House using the Pentagon to fight the GOP?

Gordon Adams |

Amy Zegart

Tough Witness

John Brennan delivers a smart, but vague, performance.

Amy Zegart |


Why Is the United States Subsidizing Iran?

It's a veritable international mystery: How did Washington end up funding its adversaries in Tehran?

Frederick Starr |

Think Again

Think Again: Immigration

After Republicans' election-year drubbing, the United States has an historic opportunity to fix its broken immigration system. And the arguments against reform simply don't hold up anymore.

Shannon O’Neil |


Lawsuit: Kabul Embassy Guards Told To Lie About Long Hours

The saga of U.S. diplomatic security in Afghanistan continues.

Adam Zagorin |


Pop Goes the Nominee

Vetting by trial balloon is no way to run a White House.

John Norris |


Subsidizing Starvation

How American tax dollars are keeping Arkansas rice growers fat on the farm and starving millions of Haitians.

Maura R. O’Connor |

Jeffrey Lewis

Back to the Future

Missile defense doesn't work, so of course Congress is doubling it.

Jeffrey Lewis |


Under Cover

Why are we giving visas to Chinese spies?

Dana Rohrabacher |