U.S. Foreign Policy

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 |

COLUMN

The Year of Living Hegemonically

How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?

Daniel W. Drezner |

COLUMN

The 2013 Stories That Never Were

From a U.S. attack on Syria to the collapse of the Eurozone, here's what didn't happen in foreign policy this year.

Stephen M. Walt |

Report

How the U.S. Triumph in South Sudan Came Undone

The White House bet on guerrilla fighters changing their warring ways. Turns out it was a bad bet.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

America Is Not the Grinch

Sorry, haters, when it comes to foreign aid -- of all sorts -- the United States is far and away the most generous nation on Earth.

John Norris |

Marc Lynch

The Political Science of Syria's War

From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Red Wedding

A botched drone strike in Yemen shows how America's anti-al Qaeda strategy has gone off the rails.

Adam Baron |

Report

Stuck on a U.S. Government Blacklist?

Call Erich Ferrari, the lawyer who makes a living defending alleged drug kingpins and arms dealers.

Jamila Trindle |

The Pulse

T-Tipped

Americans love Europe and free trade. But is the pending trade deal facing choppy waters?

Bruce Stokes |

5 Things You Didn't Know About...

Premature Evaluation

An admittedly foolhardy (but no more than the rest) attempt to assess the legacy of Barack Obama.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Cool War Rising

With Washington and Moscow caught in a deteriorating relationship, is conflict inevitable?

James Stavridis |

Argument

Our Red Lines and Theirs

New information reveals why Saddam Hussein never used chemical weapons in the Gulf War.

Benjamin Buch |

Feature

The Kerry Doctrine

The secretary of state's go-big-or-go-home foreign policy.

Douglas Brinkley |

Terms of Engagement

Our Promised Land

How the beautiful, painful, and problematic birth of Israel mirrors modern America's moral ambiguity.

James Traub |

The List

Untangling the Chinese Bond Knot

Five ways that Beijing could get rid of its dependence on U.S. debt.

Derek Scissors |

Argument

The Linchpin

Why India needs to be at the center of the U.S. pivot to Asia.

Tim Roemer |

Micah Zenko

Conflict Avoidance

President Obama's National Security Strategy aims to prevent the emergence of wars. So why won't the White House get behind its own strategy?

Micah Zenko |

In Box

Augustine's World

What Late Antiquity says about the 21st century and the Syrian crisis.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Slide Show

The Desolation of Smog

60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.

J. Dana Stuster |