The Great Debate

Trump and Bernie are both right: ‘Free trade’ is killing us

April 13, 2016
A closed factory is seen in Sandusky, Ohio November 1, 2012. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney went back on the attack on Thursday, breaking a storm-induced campaign truce to hit the road and pound home their closing messages in the final stretch of a tight battle for the White House. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION) - RTR39W36

A closed factory in Sandusky, Ohio, November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trade has been central to the 2016 presidential political debate, from Donald Trump threatening 45 percent tariffs on Chinese imports to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pressuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to oppose President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the pact she earlier celebrated as the “gold standard” for trade accords.

Why China’s latest power play may roil Russia

April 12, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (L) as Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a group photo for the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3PZF3

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) shakes hands with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai (L) as Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a group photo for the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

What is Squad X, and how much will it change the U.S. Army?

April 11, 2016
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The U.S. military has launched a program to equip its front-line soldiers with the latest battlefield technology. The Squad X initiative would give an Army or Marine Corps squad new computerized weapons, the latest smartphone-style communications and even easy-to-use robot helpers.

Islamic State, al Qaeda and nuclear madness

April 8, 2016
Shi'ite Houthi rebels drive a patrol truck past an Ansar al-Sharia flag painted on the side of a hill, along a road in Almnash, the main stronghold of Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Rada, Yemen November 22, 2014.    To match Special Report YEMEN-AQAP/    REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi - RTSE50J

Shi’ite Houthi rebels drive a patrol truck past an Ansar al-Sharia flag painted on the side of a hill, along a road in Almnash, the main stronghold of Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Rada, Yemen, November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

April 8, 2016
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In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods.

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Cox: Dan Loeb helps one Abenomics arrow hit target

By Rob Cox
April 7, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not stink

April 7, 2016

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This week on War College, we’re diving into the weeds on how weapons systems come into existence, from the officer who first sees the need to the bureaucrat who gets it done.

World War Three may have already begun in Iraq and Syria

April 7, 2016
Soldiers take pictures as flame and smoke are seen following air bombardments during the Northern Thunder exercises, in Hafr Al-Batin, near Saudi Arabia's border with Iraq, March 10, 2016.    REUTERS/Abedullah al-Desori EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSA6KG

Soldiers take pictures as flame and smoke are seen following air bombardments during the Northern Thunder exercises, in Hafr Al-Batin, near Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq, March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Abedullah al-Desori

A new kind of battlefield awaits the U.S. military – megacities

April 6, 2016
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Urban warfare is often among the most hard-fought. Syrian army soldiers inspect the site of a two bomb blasts in the government-controlled city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 21, 2016. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Global elites beware: ‘Panama Papers’ won’t be the last revelation

April 6, 2016
People demonstrate against Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland April 5, 2016. Gunnlaugsson became the first major casualty of the Panama Papers revelations, stepping down on Tuesday after leaked files showed his wife owned an offshore firm with big claims on the country's collapsed banks.  REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson - RTSDQ33

People demonstrate against Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson