U.S. Foreign Policy

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Argument

JFK’s Greatest Legacy

America has spent 50 years asking, "What if?"

Michael Cohen |

Marc Lynch

Peak Middle East?

Why the administration is giving a free pass to Egypt's military regime.

Marc Lynch |

Report

The Self-Serving Argument That Could Sink the Pacific Trade Deal

Congressmen cry foul over currency intervention -- until the U.S. does it.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Super Hercules in the Himalayas

How the United States is strengthening defense ties with India.

Ashton B. Carter |

Argument

No More Easy Wars

America is resurrecting the same strategy that failed in Iraq -- and ground troops will pay the price.

Scott Gerber |

Exclusive

Stuxnet's Secret Twin

The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized.

Ralph Langner |

Reality Check

Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

The Pivot Starts Now

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has gained some ground at China's expense.

Patrick M. Cronin |

Report

Is Washington Letting This American Rot in a Cuban Jail?

Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.

Yochi Dreazen |

David Rothkopf

This Deal Won’t Seal Itself

Why Obama has to lean in to the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

David Rothkopf

Waiting in the Wings

As America's star power dims, who will take center stage?

David Rothkopf |

Interview

Human Rights, Snowden, and How Not to Get Hacked

The U.S. ambassador to China speaks to Foreign Policy.

Isaac Stone Fish |

EXCERPT

The Seduction of George W. Bush

How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.

Peter Baker |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Unconstant Gardener

How President Obama could have kept friends as friends and nipped the NSA fallout in the bud.

Daniel Drezner |

The Pulse

Trading Privacy for Security

Americans are still willing to forgive the NSA's intrusions, but are U.S. friends abroad?

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

The U.S.-Saudi Royal Rumble

Seven ways the House of Saud could make things very unpleasant for Washington.

Simon Henderson |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

An Open Letter to the NSA

A former agency insider explains how the NSA must change in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations.

JOHN R. SCHINDLER |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

David Rothkopf

Mr. President, We Can Handle the Truth

Why it's time for the White House to get ahead of the NSA scandal.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How We Won in Iraq

And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are in grave danger of being lost today.

David H. Petraeus |

Report

Baghdad's Burning… And It's (Kind of) Our Fault

What Iraq's implosion can teach us about Afghanistan's future.

Yochi Dreazen |

Report

Black Navy

Tracking the Iranian-backed fleet that’s fueling the Assad regime.

Michael Weiss |

Report

Is South Korea Stealing U.S. Military Secrets?

Their tanks, missiles, and electronic warfare gear look an awful lot like ours.     

Gordon Lubold |

Micah Zenko

Two Cheers For America's Restraint in the Drone War

If Washington launched targeted strikes everywhere its 'partners' asked it to, the war on terror would be totally out of control.

Micah Zenko |