U.S. Foreign Policy

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 |

Reality Check

To Boldly Lead From Behind?

How Star Trek's Prime Directive explains Obama's foreign policy.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Ace of Base

Can Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally close down a problematic U.S. air station in Okinawa?

Trefor Moss |

Argument

The Cuban Paradox

Why is Havana so cautious about reform? Perhaps because its reformer-in-chief is also a stalwart of the revolution.

Javier Corrales |

COLUMN

Killer Elite

America's foreign policy establishment is out of touch with America -- and the numbers prove it.

Bruce Stokes |

COLUMN

Making the Grade

Is there really a way to judge if a foreign policy is successful?

Stephen M. Walt |

Putinology

Wooing Russia's Twitterati

How the U.S. ambassador in Moscow is using social media to get his message out.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

What Comes Around

Just another Yemeni drone strike on an American wedding...

Matt Bors |

The List

The Year America’s Post-9/11 Foreign Policy Failed

And the nine other top foreign policy headlines of 2014.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Argument

One More Last Chance

Is John Kerry quietly on the cusp of a Israel-Palestine peace talks breakthrough?

Aaron David Miller |

The List

Next Year’s Wars

From Sochi to Sudan, 10 conflicts that will threaten global stability in 2014.

Louise Arbour |