The Great Debate

from War College:

Podcast: We were safer from nuclear armageddon during the Cold War

By Jason Fields
August 25, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Thomas Nichols

Nuclear-tipped missiles and bombs have hovered over the world's head for more than 70 years. As long as 60 years ago, two great nations had developed the capability to destroy the entire world. The only question, it sometimes seemed, was whether the United States or the Soviet Union would be the first to hit the button.

Want to hunt exotic African animals? Just go to Texas.

By Lena Masri
August 25, 2015
Giraffe gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

Giraffe gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, August 2, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

By Bennett Ramberg
August 25, 2015
Ministers and officials pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L to R) at the United Nations building in Vienna, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool

Trump’s ready to deal, and a lot of uncompromising conservatives agree

By Bill Schneider
August 25, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Hampton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Hampton, New Hampshire August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Hurricane Katrina: Back from Iraq to find more horror – and incompetence

By Alan Chin
August 25, 2015
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A helicopter drops water on burning houses either ignited by broken gas mains or arson from looters, according to local residents on Napoleon Avenue. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

What the blow up between North and South Korea may really have been about

By William Johnson
August 24, 2015
North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang

North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 23, 2015.

Strange bedfellows: Donald Trump and the white working class

By Justin Gest
August 24, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets the crowd in the overflow room following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire

Donald Trump greets the crowd in the overflow room after a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Turkey’s Erdogan fights for his throne by battling Kurds – but will voters buy it?

By Andrew Finkel
August 23, 2015
Members of YDG-H, youth wing of outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, sit next to their weapons in Silvan, near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey

Masked members of YDG-H, youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), sit next to their weapons in Silvan, near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

A $620,000 watch tells what time it is in Vladimir Putin’s Russia

By Greg Feifer
August 23, 2015
Russia's President Putin's spokesman Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting with the Venezuelan delegation, led by President Nicolas Maduro, at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

To solve Europe’s migrant crisis, give them a place of their own

By John Lloyd
August 21, 2015
Migrants disembark from a dinghy after their failed attempt to sail off for the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey

Migrants disembark from a dinghy after their failed attempt to sail for the Greek island of Kos from the Turkish coastal town of Bodrum, Turkey, August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz