Exit the Conciliator

Will Iraq fall apart if its president dies?

Peter W. Galbraith |


My Dinner with Jalal

Remembering better times with Iraq's stricken president.

Peter Bouckaert |


Trouble on the Home Front

The Petraeuses aren’t the military family we should be worried about.

Kathy Roth-Douquet |

The List

Broken Record

David Petraeus had critics before scandal struck -- they just tended to fly under the radar.

Uri Friedman |


The Collaborator's Song

We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.

Anne Applebaum |


The Backfire in Baghdad

How ExxonMobil's God Pod beat Iraq's oil chieftains at their own game.

Ben Van Heuvelen |


Beware the Tyranny of the Mob

The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring. But much can be done to protect them.

Jamsheed Choksy |


The War for Free Kurdistan

Can Syria's Kurds take advantage of the civil war to form their own government? Or are they too busy starting their own civil war?

Loveday Morris |

Rational Security

Fight Night

How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney measure up on the seven foreign policy issues that really matter.

John Arquilla |


Is Iraq an Iranian Proxy?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Safa al-Sheikh |


The General's Gambit

Petraeus tried to warn Assad about the foreign fighters in Iraq. Now they're coming for him.

Michael R. Gordon |


About That Red Team Report…

Michael R. Gordon's story overstates the importance of a review I ordered on Iraq.

George W. Casey, Jr. |


The Iraq Red Team

A year and a half before the surge, a secret review group in Baghdad recommended a drastic change in U.S. strategy. If that advice had been heeded, might the war have turned out differently? An exclusive excerpt from The Endgame, a new book on America's final days in Iraq.

Michael R. Gordon |

Slide Show

Iraq the Unstable

A look inside the country's deadly political deadlock.

Slide Show |

The List

Putting the Vice Back in Vice President

Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate may be controversial. But it's safe to say he's probably less trouble than these five veeps.

Joshua E. Keating |


The Syrian Spillover

Is anyone prepared for the unintended consequences of the war for Syria?

Daniel L. Byman |


Word Is Bond

Has President Obama kept Candidate Obama's campaign promises?

Michael A. Cohen |


Blind in Baghdad

Mesopotamia is once again descending into sectarian violence. Too bad nobody in the United States understands what's happening on the ground.

Michael Knights |


Killing It

Why President Obama's kill list controversy is only good news for his reelection campaign.

Michael A. Cohen |


A Man With No Country

The vulgar political afterlife of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Alex Massie |


Taking Maybe for An Answer

The hardest part of solving the nuclear crisis with Iran? Defining success.

Jon B. Alterman |


The Government We Deserve

Americans are sick and tired of Washington's dysfunctional politics. But it's not Congress they should be angry at -- Americans got exactly the system of government they asked for.

Alasdair Roberts |


Predators for Peace

Drones have revolutionized war. Why not let them deliver aid?

Jack C. Chow |


Campaign Literature

Barack Obama is much stronger on foreign policy than Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie suggest.

Allison Good |

Terms of Engagement

The Wages of 9/11

The war on terror may be over, but it's left behind a terrible human rights legacy -- and Barack Obama has done very little about it.

James Traub |


Baghdad's Potemkin Village

A guided tour of the Iraqi capital's elaborate artifice, in all its absurd finery, as the Arab League summit rolled into town.

Ben Van Heuvelen |


Pushing Back

President Barack Obama's advisors fire back at Mitt Romney.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Slide Show

Combat Camera

The year's best military photography.

Slide Show |