The Great Debate

With Shi’ite militia victory over Islamic State in Tikrit, Iraq still loses

By Maria Fantappie and Peter Harling
March 30, 2015
Iraqi security forces cover their ears as a rocket is launched during clashes with Islamic State militants at a frontline in Tikrit

Iraqi security forces cover their ears as a rocket is launched during clashes with Islamic State militants at a frontline in Tikrit, March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

How Yemen became the front line of a Mideast-wide war

By Mohamad Bazzi
March 27, 2015
Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa

Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Who’s fighting for whom in Yemen’s proxy war?

By Laura Kasinof
March 27, 2015
Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa

Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

By Keith Koffler
March 26, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the U.S. Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
March 26, 2015
CINDERELLA

Lily James is Cinderella. REUTERS/Disney/Jonathan Olley/Handout

Once upon a time, during a brief egalitarian period in postwar America, people of different classes did not live in separate worlds. The promise of mobility and prosperity was alive throughout the land. In 1950, Walt Disney Productions was saved from bankruptcy with its smash hit Cinderella, which audiences cheered at a time when the future looked bright and it was still possible for the dream of marrying up to come true.

No, the college your kids go to won’t decide their destiny

March 25, 2015

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, himself a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thinks it’s time to take much of the anxiety out of the college admittance process. His new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be, gives some pretty good reasons to relax – at least a little.

Burying Richard III, England’s last post-apocalyptic warlord

March 25, 2015
Reenactors wear period costume at the site of the Battle of Bosworth ahead of the arrival of Richard III's reburial procession, near Leicester, central England

Reenactors wear period costume at the site of the Battle of Bosworth ahead of the arrival of Richard III’s reburial procession, near Leicester, central England, March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

By David Axe
March 25, 2015
A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

By Lawrence Korb
March 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House in Washington, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94