U.S. Foreign Policy

COLUMN

An Administration With Its Head Cut Off

The White House is running around from crisis to crisis without a game plan, much less a strategy. But leading from behind can actually work if you do it right.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Who Won the Gaza War?

Turns out the biggest winner wasn’t even fighting.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Turning Good Intentions to Action

How the United States should refocus and retool its soft-power economic diplomacy.

Robert Mosbacher Jr. |

COLUMN

The Great Security Shift

The United States wants to help rid Africa of corruption, coups, and terrorism. And it's going about it all wrong.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

The One Place Where Washington Can Make a Difference

Burma's democratic transition is running off the rails. Obama and Kerry can help to bring it back on track.

Stephen Gray |

Argument

Sending the Right Message

Why this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit needs to pay more than just lip service to human rights and good governance.

Daniel Bekele |

Dispatch

Boiling Point in the West Bank

With Gaza in flames, can Mahmoud Abbas keep a lid on a smoldering West Bank?

David Kenner |

Dispatch

I Got Kicked Out of Yemen Like a Criminal

For three years, I was a reporter in Washington’s war-on-terror partner in the Arabian Peninsula. Now there’s not a single American journalist left.

Adam Baron |

COLUMN

While John Kerry Is on a Plane…

There's a gaping hole at the State Department that needs fixing. Here's how to do it.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Too Big to Fall

Aleppo was the Syrian rebels’ first big prize. If Assad retakes it, is the war as good as over?

Hassan Hassan |

COLUMN

The Hamas Rope-a-Dope

It's going to be a long fight -- but Hamas has weathered the Israeli barrage thus far. And that counts as a win.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

What Would Nietzsche Do?

After more than a decade of high-cost, low-return investments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, American support for intervention abroad is waning, drastically. It's time for a little nihilism in America.

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

The Bend of Power

How the U.S. military can overcome the challenges of complexity in a rapidly changing world.

Martin E. Dempsey |

COLUMN

How to Kneecap the Thug in the Kremlin

It's time to treat Vladimir Putin like the crime boss he is: Go after his money.

Michael Weiss |

COLUMN

Going to Ground

As Obama tucks further into his shell, I'm headed out again to see the world.

James Traub |

Argument

An MH17 Investigation Is Not a Substitute for Action

A lengthy, thorough inquiry into the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down is an absolute necessity -- and could be exactly what Putin wants.

Mark Galeotti |

Report

The Case Against Vladimir Putin

The White House's indictment for the MH17 shoot-down relies on secret satellite photos and intercepted phone calls -- but also on Twitter and YouTube.

Shane Harris |

Interview

A Time of Unprecedented Instability?

A conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski on today's worldwide turmoil, overstating Iran's near-term nuclear threat, and why a return to global order may rest on the relationship between the United States and China.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

The Perils of an Itchy Twitter Finger

Trying to cram a nuanced view on the tragedy in Ukraine into 140 characters was a mistake. Taking a closer look at the West's role is not.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Iran's Highly Enriched Bargaining Chip

Why the United States can't budge on allowing Iran to build more centrifuges.

Colin H. Kahl |

COLUMN

Let Tehran's Atomic Clock Keep Ticking

The only way to reach a nuclear deal with Iran is to accept that Iran will be able to go nuclear.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Six Lessons America Seems Thoroughly Incapable of Learning

Why the Obama administration keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

The Sources of Putin's Conduct

The only way to contain Moscow is to understand that there’s still a Cold Warrior in the Kremlin.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Pivot vs. Principles

Thailand’s coup gives the United States a chance to show that it actually cares about human rights and democracy.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

You Can't Kill Hamas, You Can Only Make It Stronger

Experts and insiders say that Israel's military offensive will only further radicalize the Palestinian population -- and alienate frustrated friends in the United States.

Mark Perry |

COLUMN

No Difference a Year Makes

One year on from the NSA surveillance revelations, guess what: the world shrugged. People still, more or less, like America.

Bruce Stokes |

ChinaFile

'A Lot of Active Cooperation Going On'

Should you have been paying attention to the recently concluded Strategic and Economic Dialogue?

William Adams |

Dispatch

The Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi

The man who helped convince the United States to invade Iraq has spent the last decade in the political wilderness. But now, with his country in chaos, he could be its next leader.

Jane Arraf |

Argument

There's No Partnership in Pivot

If the United States is going to shift focus to Asia it’s going to have to do it without Europe.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Stay Home and Stay Out of This Fight

Why John Kerry has no business trying to make peace between Israel and Gaza right now.

Aaron David Miller |