Policy

Pakistan Signed a Secret 'Protocol' Allowing Drones

Officials say Pakistan has a secret agreement with the U.S. that approves many of the drone strikes. By Michael Hirsh

Ideas

Is John Kerry a Better Secretary of State Than Hillary Clinton?

In the last two months, Kerry has reopened mideast peace talks, negotiated a chemical weapons ban in Syria, found common ground with Russia and met in a historic sit-down with Iran's foreign minister. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

How Obama Botched a Chance for Peace in Syria Last Year

One year and 80,000 lives ago, the United Nations envoy had carved a path for a government 'transition.' But the White House and Hillary Clinton rejected it. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

We Negotiate With Terrorists, Why Not With Congress?

Perhaps the Obama administration should adopt the same policy it applies to real terrorists: Don't negotiate at all in public, but meanwhile search for every back channel you can. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Why the United Nations Is Suddenly Relevant

President Obama is discovering that the U.N. Security Council remains the main repository for international legitimacy. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Obama's Diplomatic Coup

With a possible agreement on Syria's chemical weapons with the Russians, the president reaffirmed America's global leadership during a time it was falling into question. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Will Obama Resort to Appeasement in Syria?

Failure to receive approval from the legislature will only harken back to an era where dictators and despots were given free reign to terrorize. By Michael Hirsh

Science & Tech

How Social Media Helps Make the Case for War with Syria

The Obama administration is relying heavily on social media reports of chemical attacks to bolster its case for a military strike against Syria. By Michael Hirsh

Ideas

Drones, Spying, Iraq and the Case Against Military Action in Syria

When it comes to building a case for a strike against Syria, America’s credibility on drones, spying and the invasion of Iraq may get in the way. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Syria: Mission Impossible?

President Obama is deciding whether to launch a military strike against Syria. The problem is, there may be no good way do it. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

How Egypt Helps Assad

The U.S. is reluctant to get involved in Egypt - and Syrian President Bashir Assad knows it. By Michael Hirsh

Threats

The Arab World Is on the Brink of Radicalizing

The violence in Egypt only underlines the threat faced by governments being overrun by religious extremism. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Russia Hasn't Gotten Over the Cold War

Moscow still thinks its 1989, and its showing. By Michael Hirsh

Threats

An Afghan Game of Chicken

By conducting a public feud, Obama and Karzai are putting their gains at risk in Afghanistan. By Michael Hirsh

Policy

Why Washington Will Have No Allies in Egypt

Mohammed ElBaradei may sound like an ideal American partner, but he's not the answer. By Michael Hirsh

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