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September 2, 2002

Iraq
The Threatening Storm

This highly influential book, written as the Bush administration turned its sights on Saddam Hussein's regime, takes the reader back to the pre-war days of uncertainty about Saddam's weapons and his …

January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

May 27, 2011

Defense and Security
A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes in Tripoli’s sea port on May 20, 2011. Friday File: Libya Bombing Intensifies

A Libyan warship damaged by NATO airstrikes. (Louafi Larbi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama said back in March that “broadening our military mission to include regime change [in Lib…

June 3, 2011

Defense and Security
A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province. Friday File: The Afghanistan Debate Heats Up

A U.S. Marine watches an evening storm gather above an outpost in Helmand province in Afghanistan. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Next month President Obama will likely anno…

June 20, 2011

International Organizations
U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future? U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan meets with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Jesse Helms in 1997 (Luc Novovitch/ Courtesy Reuters). Toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill. A loom…

August 5, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Debt Debate—The Sequel Friday File: Debt Debate—The Sequel

A woman walks past the U.S. Capitol dome, seen through a porthole in nearby brick-work on August 2, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Circle November 23 on your calendar. That’…

November 4, 2009

United States
CFR Report Calls for Overhaul of U.S. Conflict Prevention Policy, Urges Stronger NSC Oversight

"The United States has considerable influence and resources at its disposal to carry out various forms of preventive action. What it lacks are effective organizational arrangements to make the most o…

August 12, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
A farm in the town of Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Friday File: The GOP Debate Meets Budget Math

Winthrop, Iowa. (Jessica Rinaldi/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Foreign policy took a back seat to Obama bashing and internal GOP sniping in last night’s Republican presidential debate. Rick Sant…

September 30, 2011

Defense and Security
China jets Friday File: Where Do the GOP Candidates Stand on China’s Rise?

  Above the Fold. China’s rise presents perhaps the most significant challenge to American foreign policy over the next decade. Here’s one concern: China’s growing force of long-range precision mi…

September 16, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership this month, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, September 15, 2011. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Friday File: The Palestinian UN Statehood Gambit

Palestinians take part in a candle light rally to show support for the Palestinian bid for full United Nations membership on September 15, 2011. (Ammar Awad/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The Pal…