from The Great Debate:

The Exchange: Garry Kasparov forecasts bloody regime change in Russia

January 20, 2016

Garry Kasparov, a Russian opposition leader who was ranked as the world's best chess player for most of 20 years,  joins opinion editor Jason Fields to discuss Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the dangers of its global influence. The title of his new book – Winter Is Coming – is a conscious play on the famous Game of Thrones TV and book series and the sense of darkness stalking the world.

from The Great Debate:

The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

January 10, 2016

A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghani and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near to the village of Idomeni, Greece December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XC9R

A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghan and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

from The Great Debate:

Is the risk of nuclear war rising?

December 20, 2015

A surface-to-surface Agni V missile is launched from the Wheeler Island off the eastern Indian state of Odisha April 19, 2012. India test-fired the long range missile capable of reaching deep into China and Europe on Thursday, thrusting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities. A scientist at the launch site said the launch was successful, minutes after television images showed the rocket with a range of more than 5,000 km (3,100 miles) blasting through clouds from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. REUTERS/Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation/DRDO/Handout (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR30XD1

A surface-to-surface Agni V missile is launched from the Wheeler Island off the eastern Indian state of Odisha April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation/Handout

from The Great Debate:

Want to move your tank battalion to take on a threat? NATO’s got a form for that.

November 26, 2015

An Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR4SLF7

An Abrams main battle tank, deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

from The Great Debate:

Iron curtains: The world’s new dividing lines are no better than the old

May 14, 2015

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

from The Great Debate:

Building Berlin’s Wall helped avoid a nuclear confrontation

November 7, 2014

West Berliners walk in front of the Berlin wall at the Allied checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev refused to use force when thousands of people from East and West converged to pull down the Berlin Wall. He taught us all a great lesson: No wall can hold back democracy. Since then, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taught another lesson: If a country’s people don’t want democracy enough, no Berlin Wall is needed to keep it out.

from MacroScope:

Franco-German meeting

October 20, 2014

German Finance Minister Schaeuble and his French counterpart Sapin attend news briefing after talks in Berlin

The big question of the week is whether financial market gyrations continue, worsen or calm. European stocks are being called higher at the open.

from Jack Shafer:

Keep your frenemies list short and your enemies list shorter

September 5, 2014

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Compiling an enemies list was a cinch for the United States during the Cold War, what with most of the Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal targeted its way. Friends of the Soviets immediately became America’s enemies, and Soviet enemies became U.S. friends. That made China a U.S. enemy of the highest order, a ranking shared by the Soviet client-states of Cuba, North Korea, and North Vietnam, against which the United States fought. Muammar Gaddafi's Libya rose to high-enemy status under President Ronald Reagan, a position it maintained until he surrendered its nuclear program.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

U.S. power: Waging cold wars without end

June 26, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses troops at Bagram Air Base in Kabul

Suddenly, it seems, the world is at war.

In Iraq, armed and angry militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are at the gates of Baghdad. In Pakistan, government forces are mounting a ferocious campaign against the Taliban in North Waziristan. In Syria, the civil war drags on. These are “hot wars” involving the clashing of troops and weapons. Having escaped such “hot” conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these are the sort of war Americans have made it plain they are not prepared to fight.

from The Great Debate:

Post Iraq, U.S. must rely on covert action

June 13, 2014

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Covert actions are now crucial to U.S. foreign policy. After the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington should rely more on CIA-driven covert operations and less on military force in the world’s hotspots.