Foreign Affairs

Visit the website of CFR's flagship magazine at ForeignAffairs.com or browse articles below.

Mexico's Age of Agreement

Authors: Héctor Aguilar Camín and Jorge G. Castañeda

Mexico has long been hostage to unchallengeable traditions: its nationalist approach to oil wealth, overly sensitive attitude toward sovereignty, entrenched labor monopolies, persistent corruption, and self-serving bureaucracy.

See more in Mexico; Elections

Let Women Fight

Author: Megan H. MacKenzie

Today, 214,098 women serve in the U.S. military, representing 14.6 percent of total service members.

See more in Women; United States

Strategy in a Time of Austerity

Author: Jr. Andrew F. Krepinevich

Over the next decade, the U.S. military will need to undertake the most dramatic shift in its strategy since the introduction of nuclear weapons more than 60 years ago.

See more in United States; Defense Budget

The Problem With the Pivot

Author: Robert S. Ross

Ever since the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened up his country's economy in the late 1970s, China has managed to grow in power, wealth, and military might while still maintaining cooperative and friendly relations with most of the world.

See more in China; Politics and Strategy; United States

It's Hard to Make It in America

Author: Lane Kenworthy

For all the differences between Democrats and Republicans that were laid bare during the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, the parties' standard-bearers, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, do seem to have agreed on one thing: the importance of equal opportunity.

See more in United States; Poverty

God's Politics

Author: Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

With its commandments and parables, its kings and its prophets, the Hebrew Bible has served as a reference point for Western politics for centuries. Almost every kind of political movement, it seems, has drawn its own message from the text.

See more in United Kingdom; Religion

What Really Happened in Vietnam

Author: Fredrik Logevall

This past Memorial Day, U.S. President Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War with a speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

See more in Wars and Warfare; Vietnam

The Quality of Command

Author: Robert H. Scales

The argument of Thomas Ricks' new book, The Generals, is simple: since the end of World War II, the combat performance of the U.S. Army has been subpar, primarily because the highest-ranking generals have been reluctant to fire underperforming generals lower in the chain of command.

See more in Defense Strategy; United States

Peace Out

Author: Walter Russell Mead

Every aspiring beauty-pageant queen knows what to say when asked what she wants most: "World peace." World peace is at least nominally what we all want most. But evidently, we are not very good at making it.

See more in Global; Peacekeeping

Small War, Big Consequences

Author: Donald R. Hickey

The War of 1812 gets no respect. It's easy to see why: the causes of the war are still subject to debate, and they were sometimes unclear even to the warring parties.

See more in Wars and Warfare; United States

Transition 2012

Transition 2012

Are Taxes Too Damn High?

Authors: Grover Norquist and Andrea Louise Campbell

Andrea Campbell tips her hand partway through her essay "America the Undertaxed" (September/October 2012) when she writes that "the central debate in U.S. politics is whether to keep taxes, particularly federal taxes, at their current levels in the long term or emulate other advanced nations and raise them."

See more in United States; Tax Policy

The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited

Authors: James Nathan and Graham Allison

Graham Allison ("The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50," July/August 2012) seems to believe that U.S. President John F. Kennedy's handling of the Cuban missile crisis was an unalloyed success.

See more in Cuba; Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Crisis of Europe

Author: Timothy Garton Ash

After World War II, Europe began a process of peaceful political unification unprecedented there and unmatched anywhere else.

See more in EU; Financial Crises