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:

Why Russia’s latest attempt at a land grab is a farce

By Paul Stronski
August 27, 2015

A ship loading iron ore manoeuvres in the Norwegian Arctic port of Narvik

A ship loading iron ore manoeuvres in the Norwegian Arctic port of Narvik October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Alister Doyle

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:

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:

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

from The Great Debate:

How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

By John Lloyd
June 22, 2015

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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, the U.S. president, told that a rogue U.S. B-52 bomber is likely to drop its nuclear load on a Russian target, phones his opposite number, the leader of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Seeking to downplay the fact that Armageddon is close, he says, conversationally, “Now then, Dmitri, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The BOMB, Dmitri. The hydrogen bomb.”

from The Great Debate:

Want to lose an election in 2015? Back Russia.

By Lucja Cannon
June 16, 2015

USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in the multinational NATO exercise Saber Strike in Adazi

USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in a multinational NATO exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2015. The annual training this year involves more than 6,000 troops from 13 NATO countries and covers the territories of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

from The Great Debate:

Germany’s assumptions about peace and power are out of sync with reality

By Lucian Kim
June 14, 2015

Members of Ukrainian armed forces fire grenade launcher in Avdiivka in Donetsk region

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces fire a grenade launcher, in response to what servicemen said were shots fired from the positions of fighters of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, in the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

from The Great Debate:

Elected autocrats help the media learn its place

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2015

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas