U.S. Congress


Hagel Unchained

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

Jacob Heilbrunn |



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 |


Pork Will Find a Way

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

Laura Peterson |


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 |


Is J Street Winning?

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

Steven J. Rosen |


The Ground Truth from Benghazi

The politicians in Washington are beating each other up over the Benghazi consulate attack. But they don't seem to be paying much attention to the evidence from the scene of the crime.

Christopher Stephen |

Slide Show

The FP Survey: The Economy

If we're ever going to get out of this slump, what will it take? We asked more than 60 leading economists to tell us.

Slide Show |


Mad Libs: Economy Edition

With a presidential race focused on the ailing U.S. economy, Foreign Policy asked the experts to help fill in the blanks.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


Peter King Must Go

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security is asleep on the job, or worse, too busy picking on Muslims to notice the real terrorist danger to America: lone extremists with guns.

Sahil Bhatia |


Code Red

How Capitol Hill politicking has undermined cybersecurity--again. 

James Andrew Lewis |

The Spendagon

Hard of Hearing

Why the House's attempt to save defense spending might flop.

Winslow T. Wheeler |


British r Coming. Pls RT!

What if Twitter had been around during the American Revolution?

katie.cella |


Gunpoint Stimulus

Defense contractors are trying to frighten Americans into believing that Pentagon budget cuts will destroy the economy. It's bogus.

Lawrence J. Korb |


Abandoning Sergei Magnitsky

Why is Hillary Clinton giving up on human rights in Russia?

Jamison Firestone |


A Failure to Communicate

Why is the Obama administration using its radio station to attack the Cuban Catholic Church?        

Fulton T. Armstrong |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |


Status Update

With the stroke of a pen, a new bill in Congress could slash the number of Palestinian refugees -- and open a world of controversy.

Jonathan Schanzer |


Lost at Sea

Can the Obama administration succeed where its predecessors failed on the Law of the Sea treaty?

James Kraska |


The Last RINO

To the modern Republican Party, Richard Lugar was already a dead man walking. He just didn't realize it.

Jacob Heilbrunn |


Some Good News from Afghanistan

With a new partnership agreement, the United States has a chance to wind down its mission with its interests intact.

Zalmay Khalilzad |


Power Grab

President Obama's real constitutional overreach was Libya, not health care.

Michael A. Cohen |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

A tragedy in Toulouse, spring has sprung, and a general testifies.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Lessons for America from the Global War on Sleaze

When it comes to fighting corruption, it turns out there’s a lot that the U.S. can learn from developing countries.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

Why Washington Is the Syrian Opposition's Next Battlefront

Syria’s opposition faces an uphill battle in its efforts to win backing from U.S. policymakers.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

Rude Awakening

Promoting democracy in places like Egypt or Iraq is about changing the status quo. So why are we so surprised when it turns out that not everyone is in favor?

Christian Caryl |


The LWOT: Tarek Mehanna convicted on all charges

Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on foreignpolicy.com or get it delivered directly to your inbox -- just sign up here.

Jennifer Rowland |


The World According to Ron Paul

Republicans are freaked out about what a libertarian isolationist in the White House would do to American power -- but not all Democrats are.

Michael A. Cohen |