The Great Debate

America’s secret weapon

April 18, 2016
UCLA's Interface Message Processor (IMP) (R) is pictured in the birthplace of the Internet, at 3420 Boelter Hall, the original location of the first ARPANET node at UCLA in Los Angeles, California June 2, 2011. UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock and his team used the IMP, the packet-switching node used to interconnect participant networks to the ARPANET to send the first message, the letters LO to Stanford Research Institute on October 29, 1969. The UCLA Department of Computer Science and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have collaborated in creating the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (KIHSA) with the center recreating the lab at its original site in 3420 Boelter Hall from which that first message was sent, which for years had been used as a classroom.The recreated lab will open October 29 with a reunion of the computer scientists responsible for the first message. Picture taken June 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS) - RTR2T6UP

UCLA’s Interface Message Processor (IMP) (R) is pictured in the birthplace of the Internet, at 3420 Boelter Hall, the original location of the first ARPANET node at UCLA in Los Angeles, California June 2, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Who was pulling the strings when Ukraine unraveled?

April 15, 2016
When Ukraine pulled itself apart in 2014, the world was confused over who was doing the pulling. Was the takeover of Luhansk, Donetsk and other regional capitals all part of a Russian plan, or a local movement? This week on War College, we speak with Antony Butts. He was in Donetsk when it all went down and has a unique story to tell.

from Breakingviews:

Cox: Who’s the Chinese buyer we’ve never heard of?

By Rob Cox
April 14, 2016

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

When will Russia break?

April 14, 2016
Policemen detain a woman during a protest against the sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Policemen detain a woman during a protest against the sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in jail, in central Moscow, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Why computers may never replace human spies

April 14, 2016
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, a native of Taiwan, speaks about his path to American citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, in this U.S. Navy handout photo taken December 3, 2008. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Sarah Murphy/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, a native of Taiwan, speaks about his path to American citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, in this U.S. Navy handout photo taken December 3, 2008. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Sarah Murphy/Handout via Reuters

GOP nomination process 101: Candidates’ remedial edition

April 14, 2016
This combination photograph shows U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A combination photograph of Donald Trump as he speaks at a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome, New York, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A dirty – not particularly funny – poem just turned into an ‘international crisis’

April 13, 2016
Jan Boehmermann, host of the late-night "Neo Magazin Royale" on the public ZDF channel is pictured during a TV show of Markus Lanz in Hamburg, Germany, August 21, 2012. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has filed a complaint against a comedian who recited a satirical and sexually crude poem about him on German television, complicating Berlin's attempts to get Turkey's help in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis. Picture taken August 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen - RTX29LPX

Jan Boehmermann, host of the late-night show “Neo Magazin Royale.” REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen – RTX29LPX

How the next U.S. president should manage Russia

April 13, 2016
A participant wears a sticker with the word "Obey!" during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow February 26, 2012. Thousands of Russians joined hands to form a ring around Moscow city centre on Sunday in protest against Vladimir Putin's likely return as president in an election next week.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST ELECTIONS POLITICS) - RTR2YGW2

A participant wears a sticker with the word “Obey!” during an opposition protest on Revolution square in central Moscow February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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