The year began with the Arab Spring and ended with a dent in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s armor. There were big budget talks in Washington, and Europe watched its fiscal union teeter on the brink of collapse. Of course, U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. Read our 12 best online stories from 2011.
Opponents of military action against Iran assume a U.S. strike would be far more dangerous than simply letting Tehran build a bomb. Not so, argues this former Pentagon defense planner. With a carefully designed attack, could Washington mitigate the costs and spare the region and the world from an unacceptable threat? Read the full article.
The United States gives Pakistan billions of dollars in aid each year. Pakistan returns the favor by harboring terrorists, spreading anti-Americanism, and selling nuclear technology abroad. The bribes and the begging aren’t working: only threats and the determination to act on them will do the job. Washington must tell Islamabad to start cooperating or lose its aid and face outright isolation. Read the full essay (free registration required).
Stephen Krasner was the Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department from 2005-2007.
The 2012 Election and the Republicans' Foreign Policy
The man who gave us “Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan” has dropped out of the Republican primary. But the remaining GOP candidates will still struggle to sound out a clear message on foreign policy that is different from Barack Obama’s. Read James Lindsay’s take.