The Great Debate

Cybersecurity treaties may be nice, but it’s really every country for itself

November 11, 2015
U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. Cyberspace was a hobby for Kidd before he joined the Marines in 2003, but he hopes to make it his new battlefield after suffering debilitating injuries in Iraq. At the naval air station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 26-year-old from Williamsburg is retraining to fight cyber threats, one of a number of wounded warriors transitioning to non-traditional combat fields in order to continue serving the United States' defense needs. Picture taken February 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY EDUCATION) - RTR2XOOE

U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Allen Toussaint and me

November 10, 2015
Musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lee Celano Musician and songwriter Allen Toussaint performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana May 6, 2007. REUTERS/Lee Celano

You know Allen Toussaint. You may not know it. But you do.

Who’s in charge of the migrants arriving in Greece? The answer will surprise you.

November 10, 2015
A volunteer signals to a raft carrying refugees and migrants as they approach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, November 9, 2015. Since the start of the year, over 590,000 people have crossed into Greece, the frontline of a massive westward population shift from war-ravaged Syria and beyond. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTS63YV

A volunteer signals to a raft carrying refugees and migrants as they approach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, November 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

No one is coming to rescue Islamic State’s capital

November 9, 2015
Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKTZ

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags take part in a military parade in Syria’s northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

The continuing Soviet collapse

November 9, 2015
A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Why we love Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson is in the doghouse

November 6, 2015
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Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson (L) and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton (L) debate policy during a cabinet meeting in “Hamilton.” President George Washington (Christopher Jackson) (C) sits behind them. Courtesy of “HAMILTON”/Joan Marcus

War is decided on the battlefield. Why peace is decided in Berlin.

November 5, 2015
German Chancellor Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk arrive for Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for media prior to a Ukrainian-German economic conference in Berlin, Germany, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Carly Fiorina’s disgust is written all over her face

November 4, 2015

Though key issues may vary, a candidate’s signature facial expressions rarely do. In Carly Fiorina’s case, she dominates the field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders in one particular look: It signals disgust. With a lower-lip depressor movement, her lower lip pulls down and out, causing the lip to stretch wider and the chin to momentarily flatten.

What does Europe truly want to be when it grows up?

November 4, 2015
Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift train station in the village of Sentilj

Slovenian police officers observe migrants arriving by train at a makeshift station close to the Austrian border town of Spielfeld in the village of Sentilj, Slovenia, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

What makes a historical arsonist? A conversation with Dan Carlin.

November 4, 2015
Participants: Dan Carlin, Jason Fields, Matthew Gault

The host of the Hardcore History podcast joins War College to discuss some of the most powerful figures in history – men and women who burned down the world they were born into and — many generations later — are sometimes credited with laying the foundation for progress. But that doesn’t mean that’s what the arsonist set out to do, or that the people in their way were happy to pay the price.