The Great Debate

Iran is using Israel to distract from its real aims in the Persian Gulf

By Anthony H. Cordesman
February 5, 2015
A member of Iran's Revolutionary guard stands at attention during an anti-U.S. ceremony in Azadi (freedom) Square in Tehran April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A member of Iran’s Revolutionary guard stands at attention during an anti-U.S. ceremony in Azadi (freedom) Square in Tehran April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Why we should worry about domestic drones and how to bring them down

By Robert Beckhusen
February 5, 2015
An employee displays the assembly of an unmanned aerial vehicle at the Integrated Dynamics research and development centre in Karachi

An employee displays the assembly of an unmanned aerial vehicle at the Integrated Dynamics research and development center in Karachi, June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Is war between Hezbollah and Israel inevitable?

By Michael Williams
February 4, 2015
Israeli soldiers carry their belongings in an area near the Israel-Lebanon border January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israeli soldiers carry their belongings in an area near the Israel-Lebanon border January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Vast majority of those who fought Iraq, Afghan wars won’t get pensions

By Lawrence Korb and Katherine Blakeley
February 4, 2015
U.S. soldier with 4th Platoon, Bravo Company on patrol in Siniyah

U.S. soldier with the 4th Platoon, Bravo Company I-327th Infantry 1st Battalion 101st Airborne Division Air Assault takes position during a patrol in Siniyah, north of Tikrit, November 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandin

Vaccines: The best way to persuade parents is the worst for kids

By Lisa Sanders
February 4, 2015
Lauren Durbin is given an MMR injection at the Paediatric Outpatient department at Morriston Hospital in Swansea

Lauren Durbin, aged 10 months, is given an MMR injection by Sister Sian Owen at the Paediatric Outpatients department at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, south Wales, April 6, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

from Data Dive:

Numbers show just how deadly measles can be

February 3, 2015

An outbreak at Disneyland in December of last year caused at least 59 people to contract measles, and as cases of the viral disease continue to grow, so, too, does an epidemic of outrage over what is considered by many to be a preventable danger.

Vaccine politics: Blame science and win in Iowa

By Robert D. Johnston
February 3, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie visit the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie at the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge, England, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

One group battling Islamic State has a secret weapon – female fighters

By Benedetta Argentieri
February 3, 2015
Female fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Female fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

By Sarah Chayes
February 3, 2015
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

What does Vladimir Putin really want in Ukraine?

By Nina Khrushcheva
February 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin