from Breakingviews:

Russia has levers to cope with oil squeeze

September 3, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Russia is condemning itself to repeat history

By John Lloyd
September 3, 2015

Visitors look at works on display at the opening of "The Commissar Vanishes" exhibition in the state museum of Gulag history in Moscow

Visitors look at works on display at the opening of "The Commissar Vanishes" exhibition in the state museum of Gulag history in Moscow, April 2, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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:

A $620,000 watch tells what time it is in Vladimir Putin’s Russia

By Greg Feifer
August 23, 2015

Russia's President Putin's spokesman Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russia's President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Nicolas Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

from The Great Debate:

Ukraine shifts closer to open war with recent attacks

By James Miller
August 19, 2015

An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant

An employee works on a turret as armored vehicles are repaired at the Kiev armored plant, Ukraine, Aug. 14, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

from The Great Debate:

When it comes to war in space, U.S. has the edge

By David Axe
August 10, 2015

axe-top

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, January 20, 2015 U.S. Navy

from The Great Debate:

Vladimir Putin’s most effective weapon is gas – but not the poison kind

By Josh Cohen
July 28, 2015

Russia's President Putin and China's Vice Premier Zhang attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline in Us Khatyn

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline at the village of Us Khatyn September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

from The Great Debate:

The whining of the militants

By John Lloyd
July 23, 2015

Still image taken from video of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in Mosul

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

from The Great Debate:

Why Estonia’s not worried, despite its neighbor to the east

By Lucian Kim
July 22, 2015

U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron's F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base

U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron's F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins