Ideas

Report

Stuck in the Shadows at the Pentagon

Chuck Hagel was always being upstaged by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The next secretary of defense will have to change that equation.

Gopal Ratnam |

Argument

A Surprising History of Turkey in America

How do you get from Christopher Columbus to Butterball by way of Constantinople? Just ask Ataturk.

Nick Danforth |

Report

Talking Turkey: What Will OPEC Do?

For the first time in years, an OPEC meeting matters. But the group will be hard-pressed to reach agreement on how to halt the slide in oil prices.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Sidelining the Spoilers

Colombia is closer than ever to ending its fight with leftist guerrillas. But is it about to let a few rogue actors ruin everything? 

Virginia Bouvier |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Few, the Rich: Chinese Who Like Uncle Sam

They still see the U.S. as a beacon for democracy, while young urbanites prefer to channel Beijing's anger.

Andy Hu |

COLUMN

10 Things World Leaders Are Thankful For

Why Angela Merkel is thinking of France, Khamenei is grateful for Lindsey Graham, and why China isn’t disappointed the United States is back in Iraq.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Why America Is to Blame for Mexico's Carnage and Corruption

The crisis over 43 massacred students shows how dysfunctional and corrupt Peña Nieto's government is. And yet Obama keeps patting him on the back.

John M. Ackerman |

Argument

Why Ukraine Must Bargain for Peace With Russia

The "let's make a deal" moment has arrived for Kiev and Moscow. But by pushing a hard-line agenda against Putin, the United States and Europe are only making things worse for Ukraine.

Samuel Charap |

COLUMN

The Doormat Gets Shown the Door

Chuck Hagel wasn't a genius. But he got a bum rap for being exactly the secretary of defense that Obama wanted -- until he wasn't.

Rosa Brooks |