U.S. Foreign Policy

Argument

I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

The world is addicted to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But are never-ending negotiations only delaying a day of reckoning?

Aaron David Miller |

ChinaFile

The Chinese Military Can 'Fight Any Battle and Win'

A conversation on tensions among China, Japan, and the United States.

Ely Ratner |

Report

Papers, Please.

For years, Iran and other American adversaries have complained that Washington plays hardball with visa rules to bar politically controversial delegates. They’re right.

Elias Groll |

Argument

Programmed for Failure

The latest round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations never had a chance -- and unless the United States asks itself some tough questions, its days as peace broker are numbered.

Khaled Elgindy |

Special Report

A Mission That Was Set Up to Fail

How Washington turned its back on a foreign-policy triumph and let Darfur descend back into chaos. Part 3 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Sudan.

Colum Lynch |

COLUMN

The Lonely Man

With the peace process sputtering, will John Kerry abandon his signature initiative -- or cling to his belief that a deal can really be reached?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Seriously, What Did You Expect Russia to Do?

The view from Moscow and why the United States needs to reset its relations with the Kremlin, immediately.

Edward Lozansky |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: State, Pentagon clash over Syria intervention

USAID contractor announces a hunger strike in Havana; Another is arrested in Afg; Gun control an issue at the DoD; What do artists, bug splats and the drone war have in common?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Special Report

'They Just Stood Watching'

After the Darfur genocide, the United Nations sent in 20,000 peacekeepers with a single mission -- to protect the region's civilians. A Foreign Policy investigation details why they failed, and what the U.N. knew about it.

Colum Lynch |

COLUMN

If We Can Let Syria Burn, Have We Learned Anything at All from Rwanda?

The legacy of genocide and why humanitarian intervention still needs a president that's compelled to act.

James Traub |

Argument

The Closer

The Asia pivot might be shaking up the Pentagon's starting rotation, but the United States still needs a powerful Army to close it out in the 9th inning.

Maren Leed |

COLUMN

Why the Long Face?

How Secretary of State John Kerry could turn the ashes of Middle East peace into diplomacy that actually gets results.

Kori Schake |

Argument

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Dispatch

Suicide by Statehood

Palestine's push for international recognition is tanking John Kerry's peace talks. Was this Abbas's plan all along?

Grant Rumley |

COLUMN

Why Are We So Busy Trying to 'Figure Out' Vladimir Putin?

On personality politics, great men, and the fallacy of thinking that individuals actually shape the world.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

The Enemy We've Been Waiting For

Vladimir Putin could be the perfect gift to an American president desperately in need of a foe.

James Traub |

Dept Of Secrets

Vladimir Channels the Gipper

Putin's rationale for invading Crimea sounds a lot like Reagan's for invading Grenada.

Nate Jones |

Report

Hillary’s Burma Problem

It’s the crowning achievement of her tenure as secretary of state, and it’s unraveling at the seams.

Catherine A. Traywick |

COLUMN

Spies, Swaps, and Sins of Omission

Five ways to tell the Middle East peace process is in big trouble.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Madman in the White House

Why looking crazy can be an asset when you’re staring down the Russians.

James Rosen |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. to open spigot of assistance to Syria

A shooting in Norfolk; Why the malware market is thriving; The challenge of finding the black box; Will Sinclair retire as a one-star?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

COLUMN

Would You Die for That Country?

Why the United States needs to think twice before calling Ukraine an ally.

Stephen M. Walt |

Putinology

Worlds Apart

Russians are celebrating Crimea's return. The West is bent on punishing Moscow. And Ukrainians are feeling more besieged than ever.

Anna Nemtsova |

COLUMN

Cass Sunstein Is Sleeping on the Couch Tonight

Is Obama's groupthink guru (and Amb. Samantha Power's husband) opening a window on White House dysfunction?

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Ready to Fight

Obama might be risk averse, but there are at least five scenarios in which he might use military force in the Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Learning to Live with a Cold Peace

Senior U.S. officials are deeply troubled by Russia's annexation of Crimea, but self-interest may drive both sides to freeze this crisis before it gets too hot.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Benghazi Is a Flat Circle

After the McConnaissance, the Grahamsformation.

Matt Bors |

Christian Caryl

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

What Would Ike Do?

Why President Obama doesn't understand Eisenhower's lessons of war, pushback, and how to deal with thuggish regimes.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

Another Kind of Surge

How the United States can pull Sudan and South Sudan back from the brink of disaster.

John Prendergast |