Boris Yeltsin played a pivotal role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but his topsy-turvy tenure at the helm of post-Soviet Russia was marked by war, economic debacle, and fleeting freedoms for Russians.
The release of British detainees prompts debate over the direction of Iranian foreign policy and future negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
In the wake of the Watergate scandal, Gerald Ford’s brief presidency was marked by the end of the Vietnam War but also left a legacy of bipartisan cooperation.
Benn Steil discusses the misunderstood role of Bretton Woods in establishing a global monetary order after the second world war and the factors behind the system’s demise.
Robert D. Blackwill reviews The Blood Telegram, by Gary Bass, a text that myopically and selectively pairs the Nixon-Kissinger opening to China with U.S. policy toward the breakup of Pakistan.
Ray Takeyh debunks the myth that the CIA was responsible for Mossadeq's demise and the 1953 Iranian coup.
Benn Steil's article in the June 2013 edition of History Today takes a critical look at John Maynard Keynes's performance as a diplomat during World War II, concluding that Britain had made a mistake sending him to Washington. His temperament and overinvestment in his personal legacy resulted in Britain paying a high political and economic price for American financial assistance.
Ray Takeyh examines examples of foreign policy failures turned success, including "the shift in U.S. containment policy during the early stages of the Truman presidency; the changed U.S. approach to the Vietnam War after Richard Nixon's 1968 election; and George W. Bush's surge in Iraq."
Micah Zenko calls for a historical accounting of U.S. targeted killings.
Matthew C. Waxman argues that international law still plays a powerful role in justifying or delegitimizing the case for military action. Just like in the Cuban missile crisis, the United States needs to present a plausible case for self-defense in order to strike Iran.
Stephen Sestanovich offers a rebuttal to Leslie H. Gelb's reading of the Cuban missile crisis.
Leslie H. Gelb says Obama captured the political center at home on foreign policy – a feat for a Democrat – because he avoided costly mistakes abroad. He understood the limits of U.S. power, but not its strengths when encased in a good strategy, and thus failed to achieve solutions to big problems abroad.
Michael Cohen and Micah Zenko argue that Mitt Romney's foreign policy speeches both wrongly inflate the threats that America faces and project weakness by having no confidence in America's ability to meet any such challenges.
Leslie H. Gelb says Mitt Romney's foreign policy strategy is an attempt to blend all Republican viewpoints.
Leslie H. Gelb discusses who might replace Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. secretary of state.