The Great Debate

The two greatest threats to U.S.-Iran détente

January 22, 2016
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. A military vehicle carrying the Shahab 2 surface-to-surface missile drives past pictures of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR2RNX4

A military vehicle carrying the Shahab 2 surface-to-surface missile drives past pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Quest to tear down statues over past racism is intellectually vapid

January 21, 2016
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town (UCT), April 9, 2015. UCT's Council voted on Wednesday to remove of the statue of the former Cape Colony governor, after protests by students. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTR4WMJ3

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town, April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Podcast: Vladimir Putin and the petro states are slowly losing a key weapon

January 21, 2016
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Agnia Grigas

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy.

The Exchange: Garry Kasparov forecasts bloody regime change in Russia

January 20, 2016

Garry Kasparov, a Russian opposition leader who was ranked as the world’s best chess player for most of 20 years,  joins opinion editor Jason Fields to discuss Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the dangers of its global influence. The title of his new book – Winter Is Coming – is a conscious play on the famous Game of Thrones TV and book series and the sense of darkness stalking the world.

It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

January 20, 2016
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Sukhoi T-50 fighter climbing after takeoff, 2011. Creative Commons

After confronting serious technical and economic difficulties, Russia has dramatically cut back its air force program to field its first radar-evading “stealth” fighter jet. By delaying large-scale acquisition of the Sukhoi T-50 fighter, the Kremlin is tacitly acknowledging a truth that the U.S. military learned decades ago — and that China might also learn in coming years: developing stealth fighters is hard.

Fawning over Kim Davis won’t win Evangelical hearts – or votes

January 19, 2016
Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) waves as she walks out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky September 8, 2015. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her release after six days in jail, saying she "shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples."  REUTERS/Chris Tilley

Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) waves as she walks out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky,

Cruz citizenship case should be tried in court of public opinion

January 19, 2016
Reporters gather around U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announces he will not filibuster, as he talks to reporters after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. The U.S. Senate announced a last-minute deal on Wednesday to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default, and to reopen the government after a two-week shutdown. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington, October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The persistent myth of the ‘Ferguson effect’

January 18, 2016
A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died in Baltimore police custody on April 19. REUTERS/Jim Young

A protester marches during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Natural-born mess: What would it take to kick Ted Cruz off the ballot?

January 15, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz gestures towards rival candidate businessman Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Senator Ted Cruz gestures toward rival candidate Donald Trump (L) as he speaks at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Trump follows in the footsteps of man he claims to despise

January 15, 2016
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Jimmy Carter (L) waving at the Democratic National Convention in New York, 1976. Library of Congress/Warren Leffler; Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the end of a Republican presidential candidate forum in Aiken, South Carolina, December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry