The Great Debate

The U.S. picked the wrong ally in the fight against Islamic State

By Blaise Misztal
August 4, 2015
Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives his speech at the National People's Congress (NPC) in Algiers

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the National People’s Congress in Algiers, June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Trying to out-Trump Trump? That way madness lies.

By Bill Schneider
August 4, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Nowhere to go, but never at home

By Shashank Iyer
August 3, 2015
A Syrian refugee woman carries her belongings as she crosses into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey

A Syrian refugee woman carries her belongings as she crosses into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Forgotten flaw in Iran nuclear deal: It lets killers go free

By Robert Morgenthau
August 3, 2015
A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protestors demonstrate during a rally apposing the nuclear deal with Iran in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York

A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protesters demonstrate during a rally apposing the nuclear deal with Iran in Times Square, July 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

What everyone with a Top Secret security clearance knows – or should know

By Peter Van Buren
August 3, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her phone while sitting next to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (R) at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Will a member reportedly caught with two prostitutes bring down the UK House of Lords?

By John Lloyd
July 31, 2015
Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

Guests sit in the Royal Gallery before the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords, at the Palace of Westminster in London Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Geoff Pugh/Pool

As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

July 31, 2015
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force'S new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama, south of Tokyo August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

How to avoid creating a new generation of ignorance and hate

By Erna Solberg
July 31, 2015
Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, attend class at Maikohi secondary school inside a IDP camp in Yola

Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, in class at Maikohi secondary school inside a camp for internally displaced persons in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

By David Rohde
July 30, 2015
Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture. REUTERS/Stringer

Despite $7 billion to ‘Power Africa,’ why the continent is still in the dark

By Kenneth Lee and Edward Miguel
July 30, 2015

Electricity cables are seen connecting power to houses within the Mathare valley slums in Kenya's capital Nairobi Electricity cables are seen connecting power to houses within the Mathare valley slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa.