U.S. Foreign Policy

COLUMN

We Are Losing the War on Terror

The brazen attacks in Mosul and Karachi are just the latest signs that the bad guys are gaining momentum.

David Rothkopf |

Investigation

The Corleones of the Caspian

How Azerbaijan's dictator woos the United States and Europe.

Michael Weiss |

Feature

China Thinks Hillary Is Bossy

Why there's no love lost between Beijing and America's 2016 frontrunner-in-waiting.

Isaac Stone Fish |

COLUMN

Take 2 Ambien and Call Me When It's Over

I’d rather spoon my own eye out than sit through this year’s Think-Tank-a-palooza.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

What Can Obama's $1 Billion Investment in European Security Actually Buy?

Is just a drop in the bucket or a real commitment to stem threats from Russia?

Christopher S. Chivvis |

COLUMN

Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

Can President Obama’s counterterrorism partnership plan really work without any attempt at nation building?

James Traub |

Argument

Terrorists Held My Dad Hostage…

And he spent another 5 years in hell after a Bergdahl-type deal soured. A personal history of how swapping bad guys for American prisoners can go bad.

Sulome Anderson |

COLUMN

The Problem With Stopwatches and Centrifuges

Why it's Iran's hidden facilities, not the breakout time to making a bomb, we should be worrying about.

Jeffrey Lewis |

David Rothkopf

Obama's 'Don't Do Stupid Shit' Foreign Policy

From hope and change, to resets and pivots, to singles and doubles, to not sticking your finger in the electric socket. How far we've fallen.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Why Negotiating With Our Enemies Is Not a Sin

The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.

Lawrence J. Korb |

Argument

What Strongmen Have to Fear

Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor |

Argument

Obama's Light Touch and a Heavy Hand

The president's proposed counterterrorism plan might appear underwhelming, but doing more -- or doing less -- is not an option.

James Traub |

COLUMN

Obama's West Point Speech Is Our Problem, Not His

And as much as you might want a different foreign policy, it’s hard to say the president’s is not working.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

When 9,800 Doesn't Equal 9,800

The dirty secret about Obama’s Afghan plan is that tens of thousands of American civilians will be on the ground long after the troops have left.

Phillip Carter |

COLUMN

A Disparity Impossible to Ignore

The sad irony of Obama's "big" foreign-policy speech.

Kori Schake |

Argument

Clean Up on Aisle One

Not new, not improved, Obama rehashes his Walmart foreign policy.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

What Obama Should Say at West Point, But Won't

The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.

Stephen Walt |

Argument

How to Do Intervention Without Blowing Stuff Up

It’s time to relearn the good tools of the Cold War.

Ethan B. Kapstein |

COLUMN

A Poor Chapter in the History Books

From Ukraine to Syria, is Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacy already doomed?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The U.S. Needs to Modi-fy its India Policy

How Washington should engage with India’s new prime minister.

Alyssa Ayres |

Feature

Reading Between the Targeted Killings

Richard Clarke's new thriller about the U.S. drone program hits surprisingly close to home. But is the administration insider a critic of Obama's war on terror?

J. Dana Stuster |

COLUMN

Washington's Sleeping Sickness

The greatest force at work in America's capital is inertia.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Six grand illusions of America's foreign policy.

Aaron David Miller |

THE MAGAZINE

Target:?

The United States has spent $1 billion on a weapon that 
has no mission. And started an arms race with China in the process.

James M. Acton |

Argument

How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.

Peter Pomerantsev |

COLUMN

A President Lying to the American People, and to Himself

Barack Obama is insisting on a false choice between doing nothing in Syria or going to war.

James Traub |

COLUMN

The Bad Old Days Are Back

From China to Ukraine, the cynical calculus of power politics is alive and well -- too bad Washington doesn't realize it.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

The Myth of Fortress America

The American public doesn’t want to pull back from the world, and a serious read of the poll numbers proves it.

Jon Kyl |