U.S. Foreign Policy

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

Changing the Chinese Embassy's Address to Liu Xiaobo Plaza Is a Silly Idea

It's a distraction. Besides, there are better ways to support human rights in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

THE MAGAZINE

Have We Hit Peak America?

The sources of U.S. power and the path to national renaissance.

Elbridge Colby |

COLUMN

Doing Nothing Is Now out of the Question

Obama may finally have changed his calculus on Syria -- but is his plan for the U.S. to train rebels two years too late?

James Traub |

COLUMN

O Say Can You Free Me?

Dozens of Americans are spending this July 4 as hostages in far-off lands. Washington should do more to get them back.

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

We're No. 1 (and We're Going to Stay That Way)

Why the prophets of American decline are wrong.

Tom Donilon |

COLUMN

Democracy, Freedom, and Apple Pie Aren't a Foreign Policy

We like to think our way of life is the best in the world. But trying to spread American values always backfires.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

A Foreign Policy for Main Street America

How to convince the heartland that the world matters.

Robert D. Hormats |

COLUMN

Obama's Armed Drones in Iraq Reek of Mission Creep

Why the administration’s muddy logic for intervention on behalf of a deeply unpopular central government will get America engaged in a Middle Eastern civil war.

Micah Zenko |

In Box

Epiphanies from Jack Matlock

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock on the flawed “reset” with Russia, Washington’s cliques, and how the Ukraine crisis is a product of NATO expansion.

Elias Groll |

COLUMN

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies

Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.

Kori Schake |

Argument

Iraq Needs to Stop Trying to Make 'Inclusive' Happen

Overcoming sectarian divisions won’t solve Iraq’s crisis. Embracing them will.

Marina Ottaway |

Argument

Obama Needs to Find His Inner Cold Warrior

The problem with being a post-deterrence U.S. president is that without deterrence, the world we live in quickly becomes dangerous.

Suzanne Nossel |

COLUMN

Things Fall Apart. Except When They Don't.

A cohesive Iraqi state will always be a fiction. ISIS will shoot itself in the foot. And other important truths to guide U.S. policy in today’s increasingly turbulent Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Iraq is Burning, and Everyone Agrees Maliki Has to Go

These are the seven men who could replace him.

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

Dishonest Abe

Why we should be worried about the Japanese prime minister's move to amend the constitution.

Bruce Ackerman |

Argument

'Tonkinitis' in Iraq

The four horsemen of intervention in the Syria conflict are gathering steam. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Steven Simon |

COLUMN

America Can't Fix the Middle East, but It Can Fix Its Middle East Policy

The secret to getting it right in the world's most volatile region is admitting when you're wrong.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Trust Iran Only as Far as You Can Throw It

American talking heads say that Iran is the key to defeating ISIS. But those in the know say the two "enemies" are actually secret allies.

Michael Weiss |

COLUMN

Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

These guys were wrong about every aspect of Iraq. Why do we still have to listen to them?

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Iran Is the Problem, Not the Solution

The White House is mulling whether Tehran can help it defeat the jihadi threat in Iraq. But a U.S.-Iran alliance would be a disaster for Washington and the Middle East.

Bernard Haykel |

Argument

Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Striking Distance

Limited U.S. airstrikes against ISIS would be quick and decisive. They're also a terrible idea.

Daniel Byman |

ChinaFile

Is a U.S. Decline Good News for China?

Experts ask if the two juggernauts remain locked in a zero-sum game.

Zha Daojiong |

COLUMN

The Magic Number

Just like the last Iraq war, only smaller.

Matt Bors |