Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a senior foreign policy reporter for POLITICO.  He came to POLITICO from TIME Magazine where he was chief foreign affairs correspondent, covering foreign policy and national security in print and online.

Crowley  has written on topics from the Iran nuclear negotiations to the U.S.-Saudi relationship to Barack Obama’s counter-terrorism policies.  Among his TIME cover stories was a profile on the mind of Vladimir Putin and a report on Barack Obama's Syria policy. During the Obama era he has traveled to China, Egypt, Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico and Ukraine.

Crowley was previously a senior editor at The New Republic and a reporter for the Boston Globe and has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York, The Atlantic and many other publications.

Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • POLITICO
    June 9, 2018
    President Donald Trump is confounding foreign policy norms by turning his back on some of America’s closest friends — even as he reaches out to longtime U.S. rivals.
  • POLITICO
    May 25, 2018
    Past American presidents have approached nuclear talks with North Korea as a matter of delicate statecraft, requiring seasoned experts and long technical briefings.
  • POLITICO
    May 3, 2018
    Rudy Giuliani said on Wednesday evening that President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment Cohen had made to the porn actress Stormy Daniels, contradicting the president’s account of what he knew of the ar
  • POLITICO
    April 23, 2018
    French President Emmanuel Macron will receive full state honors in Washington this week, nine months after he rolled out a literal red carpet for Donald Trump on Paris' Avenue des Champs Elysées.
  • POLITICO
    March 17, 2018
    When it comes to Russia, there is the Trump administration — and there is the president.
  • POLITICO
    January 4, 2018
    President Ronald Reagan was warming up for a national radio address on Aug.
  • POLITICO
    December 28, 2017
    President Donald Trump allowed the Iran nuclear deal to survive through 2017, but the new year will offer him another chance to blow up the agreement — and critics and supporters alike believe he may take it.
  • POLITICO
    December 18, 2017
    President Donald Trump is set to unveil a national security plan Monday that reflects the most inward-focused vision of American foreign policy in recent memory – with a heavy emphasis on economic strength and defending U.S. borders.
  • POLITICO
    November 22, 2017
    With rebel fighters largely routed and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, driven from most of Syria’s territory, experts and U.S. officials say the real fight now is about a regional power struggle playing out in the country.
  • POLITICO
    November 4, 2017
    Signs of a new missile test would fit Kim Jong Un’s pattern of provoking carefully timed crises, experts say.
  • POLITICO
    July 7, 2017
    Past American presidents have struggled to develop a stable relationship with the Russian leader, whose suspected meddling in the 2016 election dogs the White House.
  • POLITICO
    July 6, 2017
    The first stop of the president's second foreign trip will include a speech at the memorial commemorating Poles' 1944 anti-Nazi uprising.
  • POLITICO
    June 30, 2017
    Russia hawks and national security experts worry talk of friendship, unclear agenda might make Trump too eager to please.
  • POLITICO
    May 25, 2017
    Trump’s talk of befriending Putin doesn’t just rattle the 28-member NATO military alliance. It also unnerves senior European Union officials.
  • POLITICO
    May 19, 2017
    Although the trip will be shadowed by Trump’s growing problems at home, it could shape his foreign policy in important and lasting ways.
  • Politico
    May 10, 2017
    With Washington in an uproar over James Comey's firing amid his Russia probe, the president and his secretary of state are welcoming Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to town.
  • POLITICO
    April 11, 2017
    In White House meetings, evening calls with friends and even throughout the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump asked a repeated question: Why did Syria’s president use nerve gas?
  • POLITICO
    March 10, 2017
    Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs. Here’s how the White House could genuinely help pull it apart.
  • POLITICO
    March 1, 2017
    President Trump, facing questions about a controversial military operation, made the first U.S. combat death on his watch a moment of riveting drama during his Tuesday address to Congress.
  • POLITICO
    February 16, 2017
    Political pressure on President Trump to take a hard line could even escalate tensions.
  • POLITICO
    February 3, 2017
    The State Department wrote a message that recognized Jewish victims, but the White House used its own that didn’t.
  • POLITICO
    January 27, 2017
    It's President Donald Trump’s diplomatic debut. And the world is holding its breath.
  • POLITICO
    January 11, 2017
    The president-elect lashes out at what he calls a 'fake news' campaign against him. 'Are we living in Nazi Germany?' he tweeted.
  • POLITICO
    December 16, 2016
    Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.
  • POLITICO
    December 6, 2016
    Trump's precedent-breaking call with Taiwan's president buoyed conservatives eager for a harder line on China.
  • Politico
    October 28, 2016
    In a fitting conclusion to a scorched-earth battle, the 2016 campaign is ending amid talk of an impending nuclear holocaust.
  • POLITICO
    August 11, 2016
    Beyond his own incendiary comments, he's done little to mute loose talk of killing Clinton and Obama.
  • POLITICO
    August 8, 2016
    Fans say he would be a great asset, but Clinton has her own friends and allies in line for Foggy Bottom.
  • POLITICO
    June 13, 2016
    The Obama administration has warned repeatedly about lone wolf terrorist attacks like Sunday's massacre in Orlando, Florida. But it also acknowledges a grim reality: it can't stop them all.
  • Politico
    April 28, 2016
    A speech aimed at boosting his credibility got low marks from across the spectrum.
  • POLITICO
    April 19, 2016
    President Barack Obama will drop in on three of America's most important allies this week, possibly for the last time. But he isn't expecting an adoring reception in any of them. The U.S.
  • POLITICO
    March 15, 2016
    Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Monday that Russia will begin pulling out of Syria appeared to take the White House by surprise, and revived concerns that the Russian leader is outmaneuvering Barack Obama.
  • POLITICO
    March 3, 2016
    Donald Trump calls the Iraq War a lie-fueled fiasco, admires Vladimir Putin and says he would be a "neutral" arbiter between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • POLITICO
    February 5, 2016
    The former secretary of state recycles arguments she used against Obama in 2008.
  • POLITICO
    January 27, 2016
    Taking heat from Sanders over Iraq and Libya, Clinton casts herself as a peacemaker.
  • POLITICO
    January 21, 2016
    Other GOP candidates signal support for waterboarding and other techniques now banned under an anti-torture law.
  • POLITICO
    January 6, 2016
    The U.S.-Saudi partnership may be bending toward a breaking point.
  • POLITICO
    December 30, 2015
    Bibi Netanyahu is waiting him out. Vladimir Putin may try to test him. And Hillary Clinton is keeping a wary eye on him.
  • POLITICO
    December 22, 2015
    The Pentagon should investigate an October U.S. airstrike on an Afghan hospital as a potential war crime, Human Rights Watch has urged Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a letter obtained by POLITICO.
  • POLITICO
    December 16, 2015
    Tuesday night's Republican debate revealed a deep rift in the Republican party over how to deal with Middle East dictators a decade after George W.
  • POLITICO
    December 14, 2015
    But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?
  • POLITICO
    November 23, 2015
    U.S. officials fear Putin is hoping more aggressive action against ISIL in Syria will forestall an extension of economic sanctions over Crimea.
  • POLITICO
    November 16, 2015
    With calls growing for tougher action against ISIL in response to the Paris terror attacks, President Barack Obama is again reviewing a menu of policy options he has previously found unpalatable.
  • POLITICO
    November 2, 2015
    Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping
  • POLITICO
    October 17, 2015
    With the next phase of the Iran nuclear deal beginning Sunday, some U.S. officials worry that Tehran has set unrealistic expectations for how quickly it can comply with the deal and end economic sanctions.
  • POLITICO
    October 14, 2015
    The Democratic front-runner offered no apologies for her foreign policy stances, and invokes Obama to lend credence to her record.
  • POLITICO
    October 9, 2015
    Signs are growing that Islamic militants may stage attacks inside Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say.
  • POLITICO
    October 7, 2015
    As Vladimir Putin takes increasingly provocative actions against U.S.
  • POLITICO
    October 2, 2015
    As Russia pounded Syria with air strikes for a second day Thursday, the Obama administration showed little appetite for directly challenging Moscow’s bold foray into the Middle Eastern conflict.
  • POLITICO
    September 29, 2015
    Frosty exchanges mark their first formal sitdown in more than two years.
  • POLITICO
    September 28, 2015
    Barack Obama’s high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin is already off to a tense start. And the two men haven’t even sat down together yet.
  • Politico
    September 24, 2015
    The Russian leader's deployment of forces to Syria could derail U.S. efforts to broker a peace plan.
  • POLITICO
    September 10, 2015
    Hillary Clinton's speech on Wednesday shook a clenched fist at Iran. But it was also a warm embrace of another country: Israel.
  • POLITICO
    August 27, 2015
    The vice president has taken more dovish positions on foreign policy than his potential rival, Hillary Clinton.
  • POLITICO
    August 24, 2015
    Want to bomb Iran? Then support the nuclear deal. That’s the provocative argument coming from Obama administration officials and other backers of the deal as they promote it before a crucial vote in Congress next month.
  • POLITICO
    August 12, 2015
    Even if Congress votes against the deal (and overrides a veto), Obama could halt many of the sanctions on his own.
  • POLITICO
    August 7, 2015
    New York Sen. Chuck Schumer dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, announcing during the Republican presidential debate Thursday night that he planned to vote against the agreement now under review in Congress.
  • POLITICO
    August 5, 2015
    The president plans to use speech at American University to argue for talking to enemies.
  • POLITICO
    July 29, 2015
    Obama is enlisting the ambassadors of the UK, France and Germany to sell the agreement to Congress.
  • POLITICO
    July 21, 2015
    After months of reacting to nonstop crises, Barack Obama has reclaimed his foreign policy narrative this summer — at least for now.
  • POLITICO
    July 16, 2015
    President Barack Obama strongly defended his nuclear agreement with Iran on Wednesday, casting criticism of the deal as unrealistic, implying that opponents haven't read the agreement, and saying that one major criticism "defies logic"
  • POLITICO
    July 13, 2015
    Negotiators from the United States, Iran and five other nations neared a deal Sunday on an accord that would lift some international sanctions on Iran in return for stiff curbs on its nuclear program.
  • POLITICO
    July 8, 2015
    The secretary of state’s methodical approach could help keep some critics at bay, for now.
  • POLITICO
    July 3, 2015
    The success of a nuclear deal will depend on the ability of a U.N. agency to keep tabs on Tehran.
  • POLITICO
    July 2, 2015
    The success of a nuclear deal will depend on the ability of a U.N. agency to keep tabs on Tehran.
  • POLITICO
    June 22, 2015
    When President Barack Obama first began negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, he was encouraged by the existence of an obscure religious ruling from the country’s Supreme Leader: in a fatwa, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that developing or using nu
  • POLITICO
    June 17, 2015
    Today’s confirmation that the U.S. has killed Al Qaeda’s second-in-command allowed the White House to declare a “major blow” against the group — a rare piece of good news about terrorism at a time when the Islamic State remains a potent threat.
  • POLITICO
    June 5, 2015
    Supporters and critics say hewing to the June 30 deadline could give Iran more leverage.
  • POLITICO
    June 2, 2015
    There was the time he was caught lounging on his yacht amid a coup in Egypt. A snowboarding crash in Idaho before a pack of reporters. And, of course, the infamous 2004 windsurfing outing that became a devastating George W. Bush campaign ad.
  • POLITICO
    May 28, 2015
    U.S. officials, stunned by the Islamic State’s gains, are making a risky bet on Shiite militias in Iraq.
  • POLITICO
    May 19, 2015
    U.S. officials are furiously spinning a major setback against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant after the radical group captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday.
  • POLITICO
    May 14, 2015
    In a Wednesday foreign policy address, Marco Rubio staked a claim to being the Republican presidential field’s toughest -- and most qualified -- candidate on national security, capping a four-year effort to cultivate expertise in an area of top conce
  • POLITICO
    May 11, 2015
    When Barack Obama hosts leaders from six Arab monarchies at Camp David later this week, he will try to reassure them that America has their back against Iran and Islamic radicals.
  • POLITICO
    April 24, 2015
    Obama took office vowing to end America’s wars. Now we’re in at least five, and U.S. officials are unsure what to do about it.
  • POLITICO
    April 21, 2015
    The war-torn Arabian nation of Yemen has emerged as a surprise complication for U.S.-Iranian relations in the late stages of President Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Tehran.
  • POLITICO
    April 14, 2015
    There is good news in the Middle East. Or so the Obama White House would have you believe.
  • POLITICO
    April 8, 2015
    In an interview with POLITICO, the U.S. energy secretary describes previously unpublished provisions that make it harder for Iran to reconstitute its weapons program.
  • POLITICO
    April 3, 2015
    It’s either this or war. That’s the argument the White House is preparing to make to convince members of Congress, Americans and foreign allies that the framework announced Thursday is the best way to check Iran’s nuclear program.
  • POLITICO
    March 31, 2015
    Obama officials have said the odds of an Iran nuclear deal are no more than 50-50.
  • POLITICO
    March 30, 2015
    As President Barack Obama pushes to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by a Tuesday deadline, a small army of critics — from congressional Republicans to Israeli leaders to the Saudi royal family — is ready to pounce on any weaknesses to persuade Congres
  • POLITICO
    March 25, 2015
    As negotiations on a possible nuclear deal approach a March 31 deadline, U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed about Iran’s expanding military presence in Iraq — and the threat it may pose to American soldiers in the country.
  • POLITICO
    March 19, 2015
    In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive reelection, the Obama administration is revisiting longtime assumptions about America’s role as a shield for Israel against international pressure.
  • POLITICO
    March 18, 2015
    As Netanyahu seems set to return to power, his relations with the Obama White House appear to reach a new low.
  • POLITICO
    March 17, 2015
    On the eve of Israeli elections, Netanyahu allies debate whether his address to Congress backfired.
  • POLITICO
    March 11, 2015
    From Reagan to Clinton, both Democrats and Republicans have tried to sabotage the other party’s foreign policy.
  • POLITICO
    March 3, 2015
    No amount of uproar stopped him: Benjamin Netanyahu’s getting his speech to Congress. But he’s probably not going to get his way on the Iran nuclear deal that he’s going to spend Tuesday trying to take apart.
  • POLITICO
    February 26, 2015
    Days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, Israeli officials are citing a little-understood element of the Iran nuclear talks as their chief concern about a potential deal.
  • POLITICO
    February 19, 2015
    Barack Obama’s summit on violent extremism has come under fire from conservatives who are bashing his reluctance to use the words “Islam” and “Muslim” to describe the threat from terror groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levan
  • POLITICO
    February 9, 2015
    Defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter has an expertise in doomsday scenarios akin to Dick Cheney’s.
  • POLITICO
    January 9, 2015
    In early 2011, White House officials realized they had a problem on their hands: the threat of homegrown Islamic radicalism.
  • POLITICO
    December 24, 2014
    A day after a nine-hour Internet outage in North Korea, experts are still debating whether the U.S. government pulled the plug, or perhaps a rogue group of hackers.
  • Politico
    December 19, 2014
    When Barack Obama first ran for president, he pledged to change American policy towards three outlaw nations: Iran, Cuba and North Korea.
  • Politico
    December 17, 2014
    Speaking at a Moscow event in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded cocky about the sanctions imposed on his country by Washington and its European allies.
  • Politico
    November 24, 2014
    President Barack Obama has ruled out sending a large ground force to the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but support is growing in Congress for dispatching small numbers of U.S.
  • Politico
    November 12, 2014
    Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Politico
    November 11, 2014
    One Friday in late August, President Obama’s national security team met at the White House to discuss their response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
  • TIME Magazine
    October 14, 2014
    A United Nations official warned Friday of a coming massacre in a Syrian town along the Turkish border as the slowly unfolding tragedy there exposed a crucial fissure within President Barack Obama’s international coalition to fight the militant group
  • TIME
    September 25, 2014
    Barack Obama’s war against ISIS has come a long way from Sinjar Mountain. It was six weeks ago, on Aug. 7, that the President announced his first airstrikes against the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
  • TIME Magazine
    September 17, 2014
    On the night of Sept. 11, John Kerry arrived at the royal palace here for a meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia.
  • TIME Magazine
    September 15, 2014
    The Republican Palace in central Baghdad was once Saddam Hussein’s preferred spot for meeting foreign leaders. The complex here, which served as the headquarters for the U.S. occupation, is vast and gaudily ornate.
  • CNN
    August 19, 2014
    In 2003, George W. Bush was too quick to declare that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” In 2014, Barack Obama may be too slow to admit that they are just beginning.
  • TIME
    July 23, 2014
    Michael McFaul, who served as President Obama’s ambassador to Moscow until February, has warned that the Ukraine crisis is approaching a state of war that could trigger a large scale invasion by Russian military forces.
  • TIME
    July 22, 2014
    As the sun went down over Kabul on Saturday July 13, Afghanistan’s future hung in the balance.
  • TIME
    July 21, 2014
    Could the crisis in Crimea spoil Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran? On Wednesday, a senior Russian diplomat suggested as much.
  • TIME
    July 11, 2014
    On the afternoon of April 14, a group of police officers lined up outside their ransacked headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Gorlovka to receive orders from their new commander.
  • TIME
    July 11, 2014
    White House officials are weighing whether to send surface-to-air missiles to opposition factions at the risk of a possible terrorist "nightmare".
  • TIME
    July 9, 2014
    For all the hype, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday didn’t break much new ground.
  • TIME
    July 8, 2014
    The freed American soldier was held by an officially designated terror group. But a White House official tells TIME, "We did not negotiate with the Haqqanis."
  • TIME
    July 8, 2014
    At West Point on Wednesday, President Barack Obama took his latest stab at defining a foreign policy vision he has spelled out many times before.
  • TIME
    July 1, 2014
    When Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad on Monday, he arrived in a city bracing for war with the brutal fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have taken control of Iraq’s north and west.