Article Archive

Marco Rubio’s Ideas Aren’t New

The GOP consultant’s dream candidate is a youthful expounder of limited creative thinking on domestic policy—and the Bush Doctrine.

April 13, 2015

Here’s What Matters Next for the Iran Deal

Having achieved a breakthrough in the diplomatic process, the Obama administration now has to convince Congress that Iran will comply.

April 6, 2015

Is James Baker Too Realist for the Republican Party?

Warhawks are reading out of the GOP anyone whose foreign policy is more sophisticated than John McCain’s.

March 30, 2015

Does the GOP Really Want War?

How realists should be grappling with the revival of hawkish sympathies in the Republican Party.

March 23, 2015

A Real Choice on Iran

The alternatives aren’t hard vs. soft diplomacy, but diplomacy or war—as the hawks increasingly admit.

March 16, 2015

Is the Libertarian Moment Over?

What the rise of ISIS means for Republican foreign policy—and Rand Paul in 2016.

March 9, 2015

Iran Talks at a Crossroads

It matters that the two most recent preventive wars fought by the U.S. achieved nearly the opposite of their original aims.

March 2, 2015

Return of the Cheap Hawk?

Why President Kasich might be bad news for the Pentagon

February 18, 2015

What Kind of War Does the AUMF Authorize?

The ISIS intervention may defy limits—and some in Congress don’t believe it should have any.

February 16, 2015

Here’s What It Will Take to Defeat ISIS

Before it Americanizes the conflict, the U.S. should take stock of escalating regional revulsion against the Islamic State.

February 9, 2015

Last Chances for Peace With Iran

If negotiations fail, sanctions are only the beginning of hostilities with Tehran—but Rand Paul and Barbara Boxer offer an alternative.

February 2, 2015

Scott Walker—Conservatives’ Consensus Choice?

The Wisconsin governor might unite the right—if he overcomes a charisma deficit and uncertain foreign policy.

January 26, 2015

Will Congress Give Obama the War He Wants?

Republicans who resist the president’s other policies are apt to give him a blank check against ISIS.

January 19, 2015

Will Romney Go for Ron Paul’s Vote?

Courting realists and libertarians could give him an edge against other establishment types—if he’s willing to try.

January 12, 2015

Mike Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives

The former Arkansas governor subtracts evangelicals from the coalition for an anti-establishment GOP nominee.

January 5, 2015

‘Isolationism’ Has Lost All Meaning

It’s time to banish the term from our foreign policy debate.

December 29, 2014

Rand Paul’s Cuba Risk

The Kentucky senator takes on Marco Rubio and the GOP’s dated orthodoxy—will he lose ground with primary voters?

December 22, 2014

How Far Can Elizabeth Warren Go?

The Democratic Party’s favorite populist now basks in media and netroots favor, but would face real 2016 obstacles.

December 16, 2014

Torture Is Also Big Government

Conservatives must be as committed to exposing the CIA’s abuses as Obamacare’s.

December 10, 2014

Iran: We Need to Talk

To deter Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, Senate Republicans face a choice between international law and the law of unintended consequences.

December 1, 2014