The Great Debate

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

By David Axe
March 25, 2015
A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

By Lawrence Korb
March 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House in Washington, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94

Millions in U.S. military equipment lost as Yemen heads down Syria’s path

By Hayat Alvi
March 24, 2015
Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters, hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck  during a demonstration to show support to the movement, and rejecting foreign interference in Yemen's internal affairs, in Sanaa

Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck in Sanaa March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Goldilocks zone for oil prices is gone for good

By Richard Heinberg
March 24, 2015
A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in Williston

A pickup truck bears the words “I (heart) OIL” written in dirt in Williston, North Dakota, Nov. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

By John Lloyd
March 23, 2015
A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

from Breakingviews:

Lee Kuan Yew: Founding father made Singapore rich but not happy

March 23, 2015

A woman takes photos of cards for former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, placed at a well-wishing corner at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore March 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Edgar Su

A woman takes photos of cards for former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, placed at a well-wishing corner at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore, March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Nuclear midnight ticks closer in wake of Russia’s Crimea threats

By Sharon Squassoni
March 23, 2015
Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia's Arctic ...

Russian President Putin watches the launch of a missile during naval exercises in Russia’s Arctic North on board the nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), Aug. 17, 2005. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Never the next great power: Argentina’s future is always stuck in the past

By Daniela Blei
March 23, 2015
People light candles next to a sign during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires

People light candles next to a sign that reads “I am Nisman” during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

from Breakingviews:

Review: The lucrative and controversial Blair Inc

March 20, 2015

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