The Great Debate

How Volkswagen set the pace for the new era of ‘smart fraud’

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
October 6, 2015

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Volkswagen cars in a delivery tower at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Why the U.S. military can’t succeed in training foreign armies

By Lawrence Korb
October 5, 2015
Afghan forces prepare for battle with Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan

Afghan forces prepare for battle with Taliban on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, June 21, 2015. IREUTERS/Stringer

Vladimir Putin’s secret weapon for a Syrian end game? Diplomacy.

By Nicolay Kozhanov
October 5, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, President Putin and French President Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and French President Francois Hollande at a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

Russia and America prep forces for Arctic war

By David Axe
October 5, 2015
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Sailors aboard the USS “Seawolf” remove ice from the hull after surfacing at the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean, July 30, 2015. U.S. NAVY/Handout

Germany: Reunited for 25 years and it doesn’t always feel so good

By Lucian Kim
October 2, 2015
East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced

East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced early November 9, 1989. REUTERS/Herbert Knosowski

Little daylight between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Europe’s far-right

By John Lloyd
October 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea near Sevastopol

Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) is seen inside a research bathyscaphe while submerging into the waters of the Black Sea as he takes part in an expedition near Sevastopol, Crimea, August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Why ‘science’ alone isn’t enough for setting environmental policy

By Susan E. Dudley
October 2, 2015
Century City and downtown Los Angeles are seen through the smog

Century City and downtown Los Angeles are seen through the smog December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

It’s time for the U.S. to embrace a talent-based immigration system

By Jamie Merisotis
October 1, 2015
Candidates take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become new U.S. Citizens at Convention Center in Los Angeles

Close to 4,500 candidates from more than 100 countries take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The war in Afghanistan has so far cost $33,000 per citizen. And will not end well.

October 1, 2015
Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan

Afghan local police (ALP) sit at the back of a truck near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban at Qalay- i-zal district, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Podcast: How war changed everything on American supermarket shelves

By Matthew Gault
October 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

A military can only project power as far as it can ship food to feed its hungry soldiers. The need for armies, both ancient and modern, to travel long distances to thwart enemies and take territory has made militaries one of the driving factors behind food science.