The Great Debate

The end of the post-World War Two order

December 5, 2015
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Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for the National Front in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, addresses French farmers as she campaigns for the upcoming regional elections, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The next battleground in the U.S.-China power struggle

December 4, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of  bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP's Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool - RTX1UVMZ

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L), Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L), Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd R) and Vietnamese Politburo member Dinh The Huynh raise a toast after witnessing a signing ceremony of a dozen of bilateral agreements following their official talks at the VCP’s Headquarters in Hanoi on November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam

Vladimir Putin targets Turkey first, terror second in state-of-Russia speech

December 3, 2015
Honour guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, a Russian pilot of the downed SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WTKJ

Honor guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

If the answer is $2.3 trillion, can you guess the question?

December 3, 2015
Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. In 2007, when the world was on the brink of financial crisis, U.S. income inequality hit its highest mark since 1928, just before the Great Depression.  Economists are only beginning to study the parallels between the 1920s and the most recent decade to try to understand why both periods ended in financial disaster. Photo taken December 15, 2009. To match Special Report USA-ECONOMY/INEQUALITY.     REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files     (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) - RTXTQRA

Homeless gets ready to spend the night on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House in Washington, DC, in this December 15, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Carson in Jordan: God bless and keep the Syrians – far away from us

December 2, 2015
Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screen shot

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screenshot

On Saturday Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who had strongly opposed absorbing Syrian refugees in the United States, suddenly turned up in Jordan visiting the very refugees he wants to keep away from American soil. What explains the sudden interest in a group GOP presidential candidates have been competing to keep out? Carson’s move, a new poll suggests, could well save his lead among evangelical Christians.

In the quest to prevent obesity, there’s ‘womb for improvement’

December 2, 2015
A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. The maternity outreach program helps uninsured women living in the Phoenix metropolitan area receive the proper treatment and care during and after their pregnancy. The Maternity Outreach Mobile is equipped with two exam rooms, an ultrasound machine, an external fetal monitor, a laboratory and offers pregnancy tests, referrals and immunization for children. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTXRPHP

A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

December 1, 2015
Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter’s dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

What’s behind the Trump slump, and why doesn’t it seem to be worrying him?

December 1, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Scott Audette       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1W9QU

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump motions for security to remove a person from his rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1W9QU

Why Syria is the canary in the coal mine for a new era of world conflict

December 1, 2015
Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. Idlib, around 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border is only the second provincial capital to slip from government hands after Raqqa in the east, which Islamic State has turned into its de facto capital. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTR4WA18

Islamist rebel fighters ride on a motorbike along a deserted street in Idlib city April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah