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.

  • Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in the Back of the Bus

    Israel and Palestine can never sell a deal internally without blaming outside powers for compelling them to do what is in their long term interests

  • Celebrating Future Gay Military Heroes

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is officially gone, ending one of the most bigoted and shameful laws passed in modern times

  • U.S. History Corner: The Conspiracy America Needed

    I am embarrassed not to have previously known the work of MIT historian Pauline Maier, winner of the 2011 George Washington Book Prize for her…

  • Kyl Should Rethink Supercommittee Threat

    It's irresponsible, toxic and demeaning to others on the panel with whom he agreed to work

  • White House Speechwriter Leaving for Hollywood

    Word broke over the weekend that Obama's funniest speechwriter is decamping for California

  • Labor Day Good News?

    Bleak news about the US economy and joblessness abound. But the ISI Group has a contrarian report out suggesting that while things look bleak now, employment figures may see a boost in coming months.

  • Turkey Responsible for Iraq Insurgency?

    Commentary's Jonathan Tobin has an interesting piece out on the ruffled relations between Israel and Turkey.  His primary assertions are that Prime…

  • School Stuff, the World, and Laura Bush

    The former first lady is known as an education supporter, but her commitment to international bridge-building goes overlooked

  • Time for Good Republicans to Oust Whacko Republicans

    In Arizona, the GOP plans to raffle off a Glock handgun, the same brand used to kill six and wound 13 others -- including Gabrielle Giffords

  • Seattle for APSA

    I'm off to Seattle today to take part in the annual conference of the American Political Science Association.  The highlight every year is a private…

  • Islamophobia Inc. Targets GOP Muslims, Too

    The propaganda of a growing U.S.-based network agitating against the spread of Shariah Law sounds eerily like a new McCarthyism

  • Post-Irene Moves

    This morning, I hope to reflect a bit about this interesting report that the Center for American Progress just released, titled "Fear, Inc.:  The…

  • Libya: A New Intervention Model? And What About Those Islamists?

    . . .A clip from an exchange I had yesterday morning on C-Span's Washington Journal with host Greta Brawner.We got into quite a bit about the…

  • Obama's Tipping-Point Intervention Model

    Some thoughts on how Obama may have constructed a new approach to foreign intervention on last night's Rachel Maddow Show

  • Libya: Huge Win for Libyans, a Win for Obama, Challenges Next

    Like Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein was also a horrendous thug whose arbitrary and brutal rule resulted in the deaths of vast numbers of his own citizens -- but there is no doubt that taking Saddam out removed one of the effective constraints on Iran.

  • Home From Kabul

    Just had to share this pic on the personal channel.  Daddy's Home.  Just back from a good trip to Kabul.  Will be writing a number of pieces…

  • Kabul: A Close Call Pic

    I look pretty ragged in this pic because it was a ragged morning, blogging about the bombings and gunfights in Kabul this morning.  The British…

  • 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


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