The Great Debate

Most of Russia’s military still ‘rubbish’ despite Ukraine, Syria deployments

By Matthew Gault
October 20, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Mark Galeotti, Matthew Gault

To some in the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention is a comment on the failure of the United States and its allies to take control of a horrific situation. These pundits view Putin as a strongman, playing a complicated game of chess against the West … and winning.

I was held in Iran for 13 months: This is why I think Jason Rezaian may be freed

By Sarah Shourd
October 20, 2015
File photo of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaking in the newspaper's offices in Washington

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaks in the newspaper’s offices in Washington, DC in a November 6, 2013 file photo provided by The Washington Post. REUTERS/Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post/Handout via Reuters

Dirty pictures that recall a more innocent time

By Neal Gabler
October 20, 2015
Dani Mathers, 28, the 2015 Playmate of the Year, poses during a luncheon on the garden grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles

Dani Mathers, 28, the 2015 Playmate of the Year, poses during a luncheon on the garden grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

It’s personal: Why this wave of violence in Israel is different

By Ronnie Olesker
October 20, 2015
Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus

A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, October 16, 2015. The unrest that has engulfed Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, the most serious in years, has claimed the lives of 34 Palestinians and seven Israelis. REUTERS/Ahmad Talat

The three gravest threats facing our world

By John Lloyd
October 18, 2015
Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens

Residents walk through the Breezy Point neighborhood which was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Why hasn’t this key government post been filled?

By William Yeomans
October 18, 2015
T-shirts with the image of Martin Luther King and with the words "I can't breathe" are pictured for sale during a Martin Luther King day rally in the Harlem section of New York

T-shirts with the image of Martin Luther King Jr. and “I can’t breathe” for sale during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Harlem, New York, January 19, 2015.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Understanding Israel’s new – and nameless – intifada

By Noga Tarnopolsky
October 16, 2015
Israeli special forces members search inside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after police said a woman was stabbed by a Palestinian outside the bus station

Israeli special forces members search inside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after police said a woman was stabbed by a Palestinian outside the bus station October 14, 2015. REUTERS/ Noam Moskowitz

U.S. military might already have the data to identify Islamic State leaders

By Aki Peritz
October 15, 2015
An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website

An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan in a still from an undated video, April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

How this pre-World War One weapon changed the world

By Matthew Gault
October 15, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Ian McCollum

“Whatever happens, we have got/ The Maxim gun, and they have not.”

Days after a suicide bombing, can Turkey pull back from the brink?

By Andrew Finkel
October 14, 2015
A protester is seen through a burning picture of Turkish President  Erdogan and U.S President Obama during a protest against Saturday's bombings in Ankara, in the northern city of Thessaloniki

A protester is seen through a burning picture of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President Barack Obama during a protest against Saturday’s bombings in Ankara, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, October 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis