U.S. Foreign Policy

Argument

The Powerless Peacemaker

Don't count on Obama pressuring Bibi to make peace in the Middle East. He isn’t -- and he can’t.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Language of Fools

Why President Obama's mealymouthed response to Ukraine only invites Putin's aggression.

Ted Cruz |

COLUMN

No Contest

Obama gambled that U.S. power would trump Russia's interests in Ukraine. He was wrong.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

Unrealistic Expectations

When powerful democracies intervene in a troubled society, what is it that they want: democracy or liberalism?

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Big Adjustment

Five things Richard Stengel should know about his new job.

Jonathan E. Kaplan |

Argument

This Debate Has Been Redacted

A new report details the awful civilian casualties inflicted by American drones, but the arguments over the weapons' use have begun to feel grimly familiar.

Sarah Knuckey |

Argument

Mexico on the Brink

Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.

Shannon K. O'Neil |

COLUMN

Is the United States Playing 'Small Ball'?

Obama is wrestling with Iran, Syria and Israel -- what happened to all the big stuff?

Stephen M. Walt |

The Spendagon

The Men Who Really Run the Pentagon

Bob Gates wrestled the defense budget back from the Joint Chiefs. Chuck Hagel is handing it back.

Winslow Wheeler |

Argument

Modi Comes in From the Cold

The United States is finally cracking open the door to India's probable next leader. But it’s now on his terms.

Zahir Janmohamed |

COLUMN

It's Iran, Stupid

The real, unspoken reason America won't get involved in Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Twilight of the Proconsuls

On Victoria Nuland’s gaffe and the Cold War echoes of American diplomacy abroad.

Kenneth Weisbrode |

COLUMN

How to Justify Any Policy, No Matter How Bad It Might Be

A handy 10-step guide to defending yourself, your country, or your boss.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

When Reagan Cut and Run

The forgotten history of when America boldly abandoned ship in the Middle East.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Palestine's Peace Bomb

What will happen when one million refugees have the right to return -- to the West Bank?

Steven J. Rosen |

Report

Keeping His Powder Dry

From Syria to Iran, Obama's State of the Union leaves many questions unanswered.

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

Foreign Staid

State and USAID need an overhaul, but you won't hear it from Obama.

Daniel Serwer |

David Rothkopf

Course Correction

Dealing with dictators cost the U.S. its soul. Now it's time to atone.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Goodbye to All That

If American nation-building is dead, what nation remains at home?

James Traub |

Argument

Two Left Feet

Can Washington dance with Tehran when they're listening to different music?

Trita Parsi |

Argument

Speak Up, Mr. President

A memo to Barack Obama on how to talk about the Middle East policy no one thinks he actually has.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Accentuate the Positive

Why undervaluing the potential upsides to a deal with Iran is just bad business.

Stephen M. Walt |

In Box

Roiling the Waters

Why the United States needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable.

Elbridge Colby |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

COLUMN

Head in the Sand

How many more tell-all memoirs will it take for the president to admit that it's not working?

Rosa Brooks |

COLUMN

Bob Gates Doesn't Know Much About History

The former secretary of defense thinks this is the first time politics played a role in foreign policy? Please.

Daniel W. Drezner |

The List

Out of the Way, Congress

5 reasons U.S. lawmakers need to get on board with mega-regional free trade deals.

Kati Suominen |

Gordon Adams

Echoes of 1914

A strange, dangerous, and oddly familiar era -- of declining American power, global rebalancing, and profound inequality -- is upon us.

Gordon Adams |