from The Great Debate:

How Garry Kasparov sees the chess match between Russia and the West

By Jason Fields
February 10, 2016

Garry Kasparov, a Russian opposition leader who was ranked as the world's best chess player for most of 20 years, has a problem with the West’s response to Vladimir Putin and warns of the dangers of Russia's 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:

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

By Lucian Kim
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:

Preventing World War Three in Syria between Turkey and Russia

By Joshua W. Walker
November 25, 2015

A radar picture shows activities of the downed Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border, November 24, 2015 in this handout photo provided by Turkish Interior Ministry Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security. Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.   REUTERS/Turkish Interior Ministry/Handout via Reuters      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1VLD2

A radar picture shows activities of the downed Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border, November 24, 2015, in this handout photo provided by Turkish Interior Ministry Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security. REUTERS/Turkish Interior Ministry/Handout via Reuters

from The Great Debate:

The war in Afghanistan has so far cost $33,000 per citizen. And will not end well.

October 1, 2015

Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan

Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

Peacekeeping in time of war, with genocidal results

By David Rohde
July 9, 2015

Fadila Efendic prays near memorial plaques at the Potocari genocide memorial centre near Srebrenica

Fadila Efendic prays near memorial plaques at the Potocari genocide memorial centre near Srebrenica, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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