U.S. Foreign Policy

The Pulse

Wane, Wax, Whatever

Why Obama's walking a thin tightrope getting the public on board for a Syrian intervention.

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

Pushed on the Bandwagon

Obama's Syria plan forced AIPAC's hand.

Steven J. Rosen |

Micah Zenko

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?

Blair Glencorse |

Gordon Adams

Intervention on the Cheap

Lawmakers trying to tie Syria to sequestration don't seem to realize we've already paid for this war.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Bait and Switch

Obama’s “limited” strikes are just the prelude to massive intervention in the Middle East. And Congress shouldn’t fall for it.

Bruce Ackerman |

Rational Security

The Syrian Abyss

What Nietzsche would say about striking Assad.

John Arquilla |

Argument

All Syria Policy Is Local

The political expediency of Obama's congressional push on Syria.

William G. Howell |

In Box

How Lincoln Shaped Obama's World

The morally conflicted world views of the two sons of Illinois.

Kevin Peraino |

David Rothkopf

The Gamble

Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.

David Rothkopf |

By Other Means

Wounded Giant

The only thing America is good at these days is breaking things.

Rosa Brooks |

Terms of Engagement

Bunker Mentality

As America ponders just how little to bomb Syria, both interests and responsibility are losing out to skepticism.

James Traub |

Marc Lynch

Restraining Order

Obama's been wise to not get involved in Syria. But now comes the tricky part.

Marc Lynch |

Rational Security

Arsenal of Hypocrisy

No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds.

John Arquilla |

Micah Zenko

The Pretenders

When people say the U.S. needs to control events abroad better, this is what they really mean.

Micah Zenko |

The List

Mapped: The 7 Governments the U.S. Has Overthrown

Yes, we now have confirmation that the CIA was behind Iran's 1953 coup. But the agency hardly stopped there.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dept Of Secrets

CIA Admits It Was Behind Iran's Coup

The agency finally owns up to its role in the 1953 operation.

Malcolm Byrne |

By Other Means

A Model of American Opacity

How Obama's drone war echoes Egypt's military crackdown.

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Speaking with the Enemy

What Ho Chi Minh can teach us about bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Lawrence Korb |

Terms of Engagement

Speak Softly and Carry No Stick

Welcome to the Obama Doctrine in Egypt.

James Traub |

Argument

Missing in Action

What happened to Washington's policy in Egypt?

Cynthia P. Schneider |

Dispatch

Sightseeing in Yemen's Droneland

For an infamous danger zone, Marib province is beautiful, ancient, and, at times, remarkably peaceful.

Adam Baron |

Marc Lynch

Enough Is Enough

It’s time for Washington to cut Egypt loose.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The 15,000 Troop Option

Plotting the course for post-2014 Afghanistan.

James Stavridis |

Argument

The Classifieds

Are American spies the next victims of the Internet age?

Daniel B. Prieto |

Argument

The Snowden Sideshow

If you think U.S.-Russian relations are bad now, think back to 2008.

Samuel Charap |

Argument

Vlad the Impaler

Obama may have canceled a summit, but when it comes to power politics there's only one master.

Kori Schake |

Investigation

Inside Yemen's Shadow War Arsenal

The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions fighting Yemen's terrorists. What did it buy, really?

Gordon Lubold |