The Great Debate

Vladimir Putin’s absence proves chaos will be his only successor

By Masha Gessen
March 17, 2015
A mock funeral plate, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin as former German dictator Adolf Hitler, which is being used as part of a "Funeral of Putin" performance in a front of the Russian embassy in Kiev

A mock funeral plate, depicting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as former German dictator Adolf Hitler, which is being used as part of a “Funeral of Putin” performance in a front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

What Hillary Clinton’s email, Benghazi troubles have in common with the living dead

By Suzanne Garment
March 16, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape about the U.S.-South Africa partnership, in Cape Town

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

Lithuania prepares for a feared Russian invasion

By Ola Cichowlas
March 16, 2015
Lithuania's Army soldiers march during independence restoration celebrations in Vilnius

Lithuania’s Army soldiers march during independence restoration celebrations in Vilnius, March 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

How the Senate Republicans’ letter gave Iran a boost in nuclear talks

By Ali Vaez
March 15, 2015
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif attends Human Rights Council at UN in Geneva

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, March 2, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Coming attractions: How long before most movies are translated from Chinese?

By Krishna Jayakar
March 13, 2015
A boy and his father pose for a photo next to a model of the Transformers character Bumblebee in central Beijing

A boy and his father pose for a photo next to a model of the Transformers character Bumblebee in front of Qianmen Gate in central Beijing, June 20, 2014. The replica is part of a promotional campaign ahead of the world premiere of the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on June 27 around the globe. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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Rob Cox: Banks can now prep for even tougher exam

March 12, 2015

By Rob Cox

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

Tsar Vladimir Putin is always right

By Nina Khrushcheva
March 12, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Relax, Israel – if your ally is working with your enemy, it doesn’t make them friends

By Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg
March 12, 2015

U.S. President Obama walks with Saudi King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh

President Barack Obama (L) walks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

How Islamic State hijacked Islam’s history of tolerance

By Mohamad Bazzi
March 12, 2015
Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut

Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut, Feb. 28, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. The banner (R) reads, “We are not afraid of whom kills the flesh, we are not afraid of who destroys the stone. Assyrians and victorious.” REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A strategy for defeating Islamic State from an unlikely source

By Jack Goldstone
March 11, 2015
Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province

Shi’ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Al-Hussain