Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs. More

Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.

  • Explosions on Independence Day: Snapshots From Kabul, Take 3

    At about 5:33 am, a very large explosion shook my hotel in Kabul. This is Afghanistan Independence Day today, a national holiday. About eight minutes later, I heard another explosion. At first I didn't know if this was a rocket or bomb blast -- but it now appears from other reports and talking to guards here that these were bombs.

  • Joe Biden's China Tweet

    Vice President Joe Biden has this exactly right.  The time is not right for a formal G2 arrangement between China and the United States -- but a…

  • Snapshots From Kabul, Take 2

    The lines of tension here in Kabul are not necessarily between the Taliban and the rest; they are regional, ethnic, sub-regional, sub-ethnic. There is a complex, subtle struggle going on in the institutions I have seen thus far between fragments of Afghan society that must be included in government, in decisions, in anything big, lest those factions become spoilers, vetoing progress -- sometimes through violence

  • Hemingway Bar: Cuba's Clever Daiquiri Diplomacy

    There are many who would like to continue to see US-Cuba relations only through the prism of an anachronistic embargo and standoff over property rights, human rights, and other differences -- but given that the Cold War ended everywhere else in the world -- it makes no sense for US and Cuba not to normalize relations.

  • Snapshots From Kabul, Take 1

    My Safi Airways flight from Dubai to Kabul was filled with American, European, and African contractors, diplomats, some military -- but very few Afghans as best as I could see. With the US spending $120 billion a year here, it's good money for those who want to get a financial break. And living in a world that feels something like a Mad Max movie has its own rush.

  • Pakistan Flips Off U.S. on Copter: Losers Can't Be Choosers

    It is no surprise at all that Pakistan's intelligence services would show Chinese military staff the wrecked "stealth helicopter" in Osama bin…

  • Dubai Creek: My Window

    (photo credit: Steve Clemons; click image for larger version)This is just a check in post.  I've been in the UAE for a couple of days and took this…

  • Kabul Counsel: If You Hear Fireworks, Go Low

    This in from a friend regarding my trip Monday to Afghanistan.  May be useful to others -- particularly the part about getting on the ground if one…

  • Iowa's Straw-Poll Suicide: Ames Now Irrelevant

    None of the top finishers have a real chance of leading a GOP ticket, as the Hawkeye State marginalizes itself in the presidential process

  • Online Book Book Salon: David Wise's Tiger Trap

    I just arrived in Dubai tonight -- that's right the Dubai over near Iran and Saudi Arabia -- but will nonetheless be hosting an online book salon and…

  • America Next: End of the World As We Knew It

    In the case of the United States -- which has been indisputably the reigning global superpower for six decades -- there are signs -- ranging from the tumult in the Middle East to a humiliating war in Afghanistan to a downgrade of US sovereign debt -- that America is at a key inflection point in its history and that the US network of global control (aka, "empire") is disintegrating.

  • Japan's Triple Gut Punch

    Eariler today I participated as a guest co-host of a new show and had an interesting discussion on Al Jazeera's The Stream on the real tough…

  • The CIA Cocktail-Party Scene

    A friend over at The Washington Post just forwarded me a hilarious write-up on all the links surrounding the funding of Nicholas Schmidle, an…

  • Syrian Troops Fighting Each Other?

    At roughly 2 am Washington, DC time and 3 pm here in Tokyo, I watched CNN International Anchor Reggie Aqui interview an anonymous, compelling first…

  • Close to Kabul: Chinook Tragedy in the Tangi Valley

    What often is not reported about the Afghanistan War is the degree to which the problem the nation faces is embedded in communities and villages throughout the country, not only in the Western and Southern provinces

  • Leon Panetta Hypes al Qaeda to Ward Off More Defense Cuts

    The new secretary and former CIA director starts off in his new job sounding off about how the debt deal could make us less safe

  • Weightless Cats: Let's Try This on Glenn Beck

    Some random connections between a 1947 science experiment testing weightlessness on cats and pigeons and how this might all make a world with Glenn Beck in it easier to deal with.

  • Jonathan Pollard's Only Remaining Value: Strategic Bargaining Chip

    Jonathan Pollard is a first class traitor to the United States -- someone whose betrayal is worse because he worked for an ally. That's a worse breach of trust than if Pollard had been working for Cuba or China or Iran.

  • Kenneth Cole Ad on Gays: Marriage, Voting, Taxes?

    Kenneth Cole puts up billboard poking those who would oppose gay marriage. Cole is married to Maria Cuomo, sister of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

  • What Joe Biden Will Find in Japan

    What has really collapsed in Japan is any sense of trust by citizens in their central government. Perhaps it has been that way in years past, but the cynicism about everyone in government today is higher than I've ever seen in Japan.


A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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