James Traub


Bashar al-Assad and the Devil’s Bargain

The Obama administration, as I wrote last week, has at least a hypothetical way forward in Iraq, but not in Syria, which it is currently ...


Double or Nothing on the Islamic State

Just before taking office, Woodrow Wilson told a friend: "It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign ...


The Arab War on Terror

Arab states have a new defining cause: the war on terror. Almost four years ago, popular uprisings across the region upended an old order and ...


Would American Money Have Saved James Foley?

The bloodthirsty jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) have murdered James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. They also ...


Going to Ground

I am giving my thumb a rest. I have been sucking it for almost five years now. For the 30-odd years beforehand, I was a ...


Take One for Tehran

July 20 is drop-dead day for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. On Jan. 20, diplomats gave themselves six months to reach an agreement to bring ...


Doing Nothing Is Now out of the Question

Mass atrocities do not intrinsically threaten world peace, much less Western interests. The genocide in Rwanda did not, nor did the mass murders in Sierra ...


A Democracy Made of Straw

Vice President Joe Biden always had a clear idea of America's exit strategy in Iraq. President Barack Obama gave Biden the vexed Iraq portfolio in ...


The Hillary Paradox

It's Hillary Week! The former secretary of state/senator/first lady has published a memoir with the startling title Hard Choices. (See Time's "Political Memoir Title Generator" ...


Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

As a candidate for president in 2007, Barack Obama vowed to "roll back the tide of helplessness that gives rise to hate" by doubling development ...

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About James Traub

James Traub is a fellow of the Center on International Cooperation. "Terms of Engagement," his column for ForeignPolicy.com, runs weekly. Follow his Twitter feed at @JamesTraub1 or his presidential alter ego at jqaspeaks.tumblr.com.

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