U.S. Congress


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 |

Terms of Engagement

Welcome, Know-Nothings

The new Congress is a bunch of ignoramuses when it comes to foreign policy. And, frankly, that's probably a good thing right now.

James Traub |


The Fiscal Cliff Sequel

Why the Pentagon will only make a cameo appearance.

Gordon Adams |


The Art of Snore

Can't we get some better defense ideas for $1.75 billion a day?

John Arquilla |


Does the GOP Need a New Foreign Policy?

Can the Republican Party survive without coming to terms with the Bush-Cheney years? FP's Shadow Government team weighs in.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |


Is This Any Way to Treat Your Banker?

China recoils in horror at America's fiscal dysfunction.

Shen Dingli |

The New New Normal

Getting Down to Business

The bad news is Washington hasn't seen the last of its bickering, dithering, and gridlock. The good news is Obama can change that in his first 100 days. 

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

In Box

The Things They Carried: The Third Amiga

What rising GOP star Kelly Ayotte takes with her to the Senate.

Benjamin Pauker |


Currency War

Debating Robert Zoellick's vision for reintegrating economics into U.S. foreign policy. 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


The Year in Quotes

The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.

Micah Zenko |

Daniel Altman

Chicken Run

The politicians are playing a dangerous game with the global economy -- and with Americans' pocketbooks. But the voters get the last move.

Daniel Altman |


Wanted: A Few Good Leaders

Fewer veterans are serving in high office in the United States. It's no coincidence that America is going off the rails.

Paul V. Kane |


New Year, Same Awful Congress

Will lawmakers trade political paralysis for compromise and bipartisanship in 2013? Don't bet on it.

Norman Ornstein |

Gordon Adams

Running Hills

Why senators shouldn't head the Pentagon or Foggy Bottom.

Gordon Adams |

In Box

Fiscal Cliff: A Short History

How did the phrase become shorthand for Washington's embrace of budget brinkmanship?

Uri Friedman |