U.S. Foreign Policy

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 |

Report

Tehran's Get Out of Jail Free Card

The nuclear deal may give Iran a freer hand in Syria.

Yochi Dreazen |

By Other Means

Never Waver

Now is the time for Obama to beat back the congressional hawks taking aim at the Iran deal.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

Indefinite Extension

Obama needs to consult Congress before he authorizes offensive military action in Afghanistan after 2014.

Bruce Ackerman |

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 |