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.

  • Sustainability and Cities (Update)

    Update:  The 2nd day of the Green Intelligence Forum starts this morning and can be watched live on the screen below.My colleagues at The Atlantic…

  • Meeting a Legend in Abu Dhabi

    (photo credit: Wolfgang Volz)This morning I had the pinch-myself privilege of meeting and interviewing Christo, in my view one of the great…

  • Fake Progress vs. Real Progress in Palestine

    After former World Bank President James Wolfensohn had taken over in 2005 as chairman of the Quartet a representative body comprised of the United…

  • America's Edge: China's Socialist System of Laws With Chinese Characteristics

    (photo credit: James Fallows)I had to laugh when I saw this post by my colleague James Fallows noting that the US edition of China Daily now had a…

  • China's Steve Jobs Debate and Deng Xiaoping

    In China, Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is selling like Szechuan dumplings, and Jobs' death has sparked a discussion among Chinese on whether China could ever produce a Jobs. In fact, they did -- and his name was Deng Xiaoping.

  • America Fiddles While China Surges

    There are probably significant economic bubbles embedded in China's political economy -- I just can't find them. Some argue that the entire country is a bubble, or a Ponzi scheme, that will collapse the moment China has a really bad year.

  • The Costs and Benefits of a German Straitjacket

    In the morass of the Eurozone, Germany's economic triumph and political ascension may ultimately lead to the unraveling of the economic and political binds that have tied European states together. Germany, despite moments of leadership in the Euro crisis, has mostly been a 'euro late and kilo short' throughout the crisis.

  • Obama's Donilon Machine

    Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has now been in his post for a year. This is the first installment in taking stock.

  • Defense Cuts: Rebalancing Away From the Middle East to Asia

    The president knows he has very hard choices ahead and that the cutting edge of global affairs will not be in the Middle East but in Asia

  • Maureen Orth and the Peace Corps

    Comments on Maureen Orth and her work to highlight the work of the Peace Corps on its 50th Anniversary.

  • Putting a Name on the Face? The Gaddafi Spelling Challenge

    Think tanks in Washington scramble and compete with each other to influence the policy debate on a variety of fronts -- but what is desperately needed is for one of them to put forward a white paper on how to spell Moammer Gaddafi's name.

  • Musharraf the Candidate

    Pervez Musharraf, the former Army general turned (former) President of Pakistan, is a different man than the Musharraf who has now declared that he will again contest for his nation's presidency

  • America Compared

    The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index offers comparative rankings for 139 countries. Here's how the United States ranked on the various criteria in the 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Report.

  • Superstar Innovators Don't Live in D.C.

    I'm inclined to think Washington, DC constrains, frames, levels, directs, empowers, and topples -- all of which can be important. In contrast, the west coast of the United States -- and perhaps many corners of the country outside the beltway -- builds, innovates, creates, launches, discovers, struggles, and just figures out stuff, and designs the future.

  • Huntsman on Afghanistan

    Why his view that deployments to Afghanistan undermine American interests and embolden enemies is strategically coherent

  • Getting Real About Global Economic Crisis

    Perhaps some folks who attend the Global Councils meeting are so deep into their various NGO terrains trying to alleviate poverty, curtail pandemics and disease, deal with water shortage problems, enhance human rights and the like that the fragility of the developed economies doesn't really rank as a big concern. Maybe World Economic Forums and the network of business leaders and economists just naturally tilt to more positive takes on the globalization track and downplay the downsides.

  • Iran's Logic in Assassinating a Saudi Ambassador?

    My colleague at The Atlantic Max Fisher has written a thoughtful essay questioning why Iran would consider assassinating Saudi Ambassador to the US…

  • Iran Allegedly Sought to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.

    This alleged Iranian assassination plot against Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir simultaneously indicates both the intensity of anti-Saudi passion among Iran's senior leaders and a greater aggressiveness by Iran against the US. This is a serious situation -- and this kind of assassination is the sort that could lead to an unexpected cascade of events that could draw the US and other powers into a consequential conflagration in the Middle East.

  • Romney Foreign Policy Bench Impresses

    Romney may have taken a page from Bush's playbook in the announcement on Friday of his roster of national-security advisers

  • America's New War With Pakistan

    As long as the US is dependent on Pakistan's support, and fears that a nuclear-armed Pakistan that is untethered, would be disastrous for US and global interests, then Pakistan has license to continue to misbehave and taunt the US political and military operations inside Afghanistan. America has got to shrink its footprint in Afghanistan, become less dependent on Pakistan with which it is already in low level hot conflict, and begin a new strategy in the region that helps contain Pakistan and the danger it represents. That can't be done mired in an Afghanistan quagmire.


Photos of New York City, in Motion

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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