from The Great Debate:

Want to escalate U.S.-Russia tension? Arm Ukraine.

By Josh Cohen
July 2, 2015

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka, north of Donetsk, Ukraine, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

from MacroScope:

Last TV debate over, election run-in begins

By Mike Peacock
May 1, 2015

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers an election speech at an engineering factory in Birmingham

With most of Europe taking May Day off, the focus is firmly on pre-election Britain.

from The Great Debate:

Russia’s air corps is a powerful but fading force

By Robert Beckhusen
March 18, 2015

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A Russian air force SU-30SM at the MAKS airshow at the Ramenskoye Airport near Moscow, Aug. 29, 2013. Vitaly V. Kuzmin/Wikimedia photo

from The Great Debate:

Military analysis of what Russia really wants reveals nuclear dangers

By Commodore Philip Thicknesse
March 10, 2015

Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok

Russian amphibious vehicles drive in formation during celebrations to mark Navy Day in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok, July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

from The Great Debate:

Hybrid war: The real reason fighting stopped in Ukraine – for now

By Fiona Hill
February 26, 2015

A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a house damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve

A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a house damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

from MacroScope:

Another reverse for Greece with Berlin yet to come

By Mike Peacock
February 5, 2015

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis answers journlists questions at restaurant in Frankfurt

Last night, after Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis met Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank cancelled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding, shifting the burden onto Greece’s central bank to finance its lenders, the latest reverse for the country’s new government.

from MacroScope:

Governments teetering

By Mike Peacock
December 3, 2014

Sweden's PM Lofven speaks at a news conference in Stockholm

Sweden's centre-left administration is on the brink just two months into office after a far-right party announced it would side with the centre-right opposition to vote against the 2015 budget. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who are shunned by all other parties in the Riksdag, holds the balance of power.

from MacroScope:

To spend or save?

By Mike Peacock
December 2, 2014

French Economy Minister Macron and Germany's Economy Minister Gabriel arrive to attend a news conference to present the Franco-German report on economic reforms and investment in Paris

Germany’s finance and economy ministers and central bank chiefs meet in Berlin with plenty to discuss.

from MacroScope:

EU uneasy about Hungary’s closeness to Russia

By Mike Peacock
November 19, 2014

Hungary's PM Orban arrives at an EU leaders summit in Brussels

After Germany's foreign minister saw "no reason for optimism" after talks in Moscow on Tuesday, today Hungary’s Peter Szijjarto meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Violence is on the rise again in eastern Ukraine and tougher sanctions against Russia remain a live possibility although EU foreign ministers limited themselves to targeting a few more Ukrainian separatists earlier this week.

from The Great Debate:

Seven unlikely events in the fight against Islamic State, and their likely outcomes

By Aki Peritz and Tara Maller
November 17, 2014

Shi'ite fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in field training in the desert in the province of Najaf

It’s easy to get depressed about the Middle East these days. The bloodshed continues unabated in Syria. Islamic State advances across Iraq, sacking towns and slaughtering innocents. Millions are refugees. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seems well ensconced in Damascus, on track to outlasting President Barack Obama in office.