U.S. Foreign Policy

COLUMN

Netanyahu's Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

The administration is a coward for not saying what it really thinks about the special relationship with Israel.

Stephen M. Walt |

Christian Caryl

The Beacon Dims

The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Is Gen. John Allen in Over His Head?

President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.

Mark Perry |

COLUMN

Middle East Meltdown

In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Some of the News That's Fit to Print

Progress on media freedom is backsliding in Myanmar. Will Obama speak up to save his biggest foreign-policy success?

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Don't Blame CNN for the Ebola Panic

If you crunch the data, the mainstream media has actually been pretty levelheaded.

Kalev Leetaru |

Argument

The Threats We Forget

The Islamic State and Ebola are the crises du jour, but a host of other persistent threats to national security are no less pressing. And combatting them will require unity of effort.

Tim Roemer |

Argument

Making Bank

Why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

Ely Ratner |

The List

10 Parting Thoughts for America's Diplomats

As one of America's foremost diplomats hangs up his spurs, lessons from 33 years at the State Department.

William J. Burns |

Argument

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

Dispatch

Pack It Up, Pack It In

Thirteen years after Wisconsin’s 829th Engineer Co. deployed to build Afghanistan’s war infrastructure, they’re back to tear it apart and take it home.

Meg Jones |

Photo Essay

Bringing Down the House that Bush Built

What dismantling 10 years of war in Afghanistan looks like.

Meghan Dhaliwal |

Dispatch

This Is Why You Can't Have Nice Guns

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?

David Kenner |

Argument

Dark Sites and the Bill of Rights

When Uncle Sam projects his power abroad, does the Constitution tag along?

Joshua Fiveson |

COLUMN

Uncle Sucker to the Rescue

Washington is making all its favorite mistakes in (another) Iraq war.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Fair Weather Friends

Seven years on, the United States is still failing the Iraqi and Afghan interpreters it once promised visas. And the rise of the Islamic State makes their plight more urgent than ever.

Whitney Kassel |

Report

Exclusive: Washington Wants NATO Allies to Help Retrain the Iraqi Military

With the Islamic State pulling ever closer to Baghdad, the Obama administration believes rebuilding the shattered Iraqi military could require up to 1,000 foreign trainers from the United States and its top European allies.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

The Dark Knight Rises

For years Qassem Suleimani has been Iran's secret covert-ops puppet master. Why has he suddenly stepped out of the shadows?

Siobhán O'Grady |

COLUMN

How to Squander Home-Field Advantage

Surely, the administration should realize that lecturing friends and browbeating allies doesn't do it many favors.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Much Ado About the Islamic State

Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

From Outcasts to Kingmakers

The improbable tale of how the Houthis seized control of Yemen's revolution.

Peter Salisbury |

COLUMN

Shake It Up

Obama needs new blood in the White House.

David J. Rothkopf |

Argument

Advice for the Ice King

5 recommendations for America's new Arctic ambassador.

James Stavridis |

Exclusive

Washington's Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria's Kurdish 'Terrorists'

As the town of Kobani appears poised to fall to the Islamic State, exclusive, previously classified, State Department cables show how U.S. officials tried to both engage and undermine its Kurdish defenders.

Jake Hess |

Report

Every Time She Thinks She's Out, They Pull Her Back In

Leon Panetta's new book is yanking Hillary Clinton into a debate she doesn't want to have: whether Obama lost Iraq.

Gopal Ratnam |

COLUMN

Competence Not Required

Julia Pierson’s ouster is the exception that proves the rule: In Washington it is nearly impossible to get fired.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Leave It to Hillary

The president arrives at a turning point, but it's unclear whether it means a new Obama or a punt to tomorrow.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Ties That Bind

From Afghanistan to Mali to Iraq, training and equipping other countries' militaries has a terrible track record. Why would we want to make it a permanent part of U.S. strategy?

Gordon Adams |

Dispatch

Too Many, Too Late

Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels have been begging for U.S. airstrikes for years. Now that the bombs are falling, they wish Washington would send its planes back home.

David Kenner |

Argument

The Pivot to India

Why the U.S.-Indian partnership is at the heart of America's future in Asia.

John McCain |