The Great Debate

Are the U.S. and UK still BFFs? It doesn’t really matter.

May 14, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen

President Barack Obama walks with British Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

‘Yemen has a lot of bad actors’: Iran and Saudi Arabia face lesson on limits of power

By Joseph Trevithick
May 13, 2015
Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance stand on a tank in Yemen's southern port city of Aden

Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance stand on a tank in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

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

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Parsing the short life of Dave Goldberg

May 12, 2015

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

Why steering clear of the Middle East is a terrible idea

By Tom Rogan
May 12, 2015
Sunni tribesmen attend a ceremony to present them with weapons at camp Habbaniyah, in the eastern city of Ramadi April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Sunni tribesmen attend a ceremony to present them with weapons at camp Habbaniyah, in the eastern city of Ramadi April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

How an Iran nuclear deal means cheaper oil and why Tehran is OK with that

By Jan H. Kalicki
May 12, 2015
Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran's Persian Gulf coast

Facilities at phases 2-3 of the South Pars gas field, owned jointly by Iran and Qatar, are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, May 27, 2006. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Snubbed by Saudi Arabia, what can Obama salvage from Arab summit?

By Peter Van Buren
May 12, 2015
U.S. President Obama walks with Saudi King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) walks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

from Hugo Dixon:

Greece seemingly has no Plan A or Plan B on debt

By Hugo Dixon
May 11, 2015

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis arrives on a motorbike at Maximos Mansion to attend a governmental meeting with Prime Minister Tsipras in Athens

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives on a motorbike at Maximos Mansion to attend a governmental meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens May 10 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Why NSA surveillance is worse than you’ve ever imagined

By James Bamford
May 11, 2015
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Last summer, after months of encrypted emails, I spent three days in Moscow hanging out with Edward Snowden for a Wired cover story. Over pepperoni pizza, he told me that what finally drove him to leave his country and become a whistleblower was his conviction that the National Security Agency was conducting illegal surveillance on every American. Thursday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York agreed with him.

North Korea could double its number of nuclear warheads by next year

By Sharon Squassoni
May 11, 2015
A woman from an anti-North Korea and conservative civic group attends a rally marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking naval ship Cheonan in central Seoul

A woman attends a rally in Seoul marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan, by what is thought to have been a North Korean torpedo, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji