U.S. Congress

Amy Zegart

Tough Witness

John Brennan delivers a smart, but vague, performance.

Amy Zegart |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Lawsuit: Kabul Embassy Guards Told To Lie About Long Hours

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

Adam Zagorin |

Argument

Pop Goes the Nominee

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

John Norris |

Feature

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

The Fiscal Cliff Sequel

Why the Pentagon will only make a cameo appearance.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

The Art of Snore

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

John Arquilla |

Argument

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 |

Dispatch

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 |

Letters

Currency War

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

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Hagel Unchained

Why do neocon Republicans hate Chuck Hagel so much? Because of what he would do as secretary of defense.

Jacob Heilbrunn |

Argument

DeMinted

The Heritage Foundation got exactly the conspiracy-hyping president it deserves.

Hayes Brown |

Micah Zenko

Offensive Maneuver

Why does Leon Panetta hate democracy?

Micah Zenko |

David Rothkopf

It's His Prerogative

Let Obama pick his secretary of state. Even if it's Susan Rice. 

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Pork Will Find a Way

How Congress can fund its pet projects -- even without earmarks.

Laura Peterson |

Argument

Yes, Congress Is That Bad

America's unprecedented political paralysis is undermining the country at home and abroad.

Thomas Mann |

Christian Caryl

Is Bashar al-Assad Syria’s Abraham Lincoln?

The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Is J Street Winning?

This election showed that the Democratic Party's views toward Israel are changing in some disturbing ways.

Steven J. Rosen |