from The Great Debate:

Why $40 oil is killing Iraq, Venezuela and others, but not Russia

By John Lloyd
August 28, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists after submerging into the waters of the Black Sea inside a research bathyscaphe as part of an expedition in Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with journalists after submerging into the waters of the Black Sea inside a research bathyscaphe in Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

from The Great Debate:

Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe.

By Henri J. Barkey and David F. Gordon
August 27, 2015

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

from The Great Debate:

Hurricane Katrina: Back from Iraq to find more horror – and incompetence

By Alan Chin
August 25, 2015

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A helicopter drops water on burning houses either ignited by broken gas mains or arson from looters, according to local residents on Napoleon Avenue. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

from The Great Debate:

Why do all the GOP candidates sound like George W. Bush?

By Lawrence Wilkerson
August 12, 2015

U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in the press briefing room at the White House

President George W. Bush at his final press conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from The Great Debate:

Netanyahu steered U.S. toward war with Iran – the result is a deal he hates

By Shibley Telhami
July 21, 2015

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program, in New York

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

from The Great Debate:

What does the nuclear deal mean for Iran and the region?

By Dina Esfandiary and Amir Handjani
July 16, 2015

Members from Hashid Shaabi hold portraits during a demonstration to show support for Yemen's Shi'ite Houthis and in protest of an air campaign in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition, in Baghdad

Members from Hashid Shaabi hold portraits of lawmaker and paramilitary commander Hadi al-Amiri (C), Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during a demonstration to show support for Yemen's Shi'ite Houthis and in protest of an air campaign in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition, in Baghdad, March 31, 2015.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

from The Great Debate:

Why the Democratic nomination race won’t be a Clinton coronation

By Bill Schneider
July 14, 2015

Former Senator James Webb (D-VA) holds up a union card as he addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum

Former Senator James Webb holds up a union card as he addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

from The Great Debate:

Why you’ll always lose with drones alone

By David Axe
July 13, 2015

Handout of the Triton unmanned aircraft system completing its first flight from Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale

The Triton unmanned aircraft system completing its first flight from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California, May 22, 2013. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman/Alex Evers/Handout via Reuters

from The Great Debate:

How will the war against Islamic State end?

June 19, 2015

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi, cross a bridge on the outskirts of Baghdad

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi, cross a bridge on the outskirts of Baghdad, May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise

By Peter Van Buren
June 16, 2015

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session by coalition forces on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province, Iraq, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari