The Great Debate

Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

By Matthew Gault
June 17, 2015
An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

An illustration picture of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Want to lose an election in 2015? Back Russia.

By Lucja Cannon
June 16, 2015
USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in the multinational NATO exercise Saber Strike in Adazi

USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in a multinational NATO exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2015. The annual training this year involves more than 6,000 troops from 13 NATO countries and covers the territories of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Back to Iraq: No really, these troops are just here to advise

By Peter Van Buren
June 16, 2015
An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session by coalition forces on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province

An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province, Iraq, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Who’s the real populist in this presidential campaign?

By Robert L. Borosage
June 16, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton delivers her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers her campaign kick-off speech at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

from Hugo Dixon:

How a Greek debt deal could work

By Hugo Dixon
June 15, 2015

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Athens has struggled to get its euro zone creditors to talk about debt relief. That is because it is not the most urgent issue facing Greece. A short-term cash crunch could trigger bankruptcy in the next few weeks. But if the negotiators resolve the immediate crisis – and the omens don’t look good - debt relief should come onto the table.

Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think

By Alan Wolfe
June 15, 2015
Senator Paul attends news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to unveil "The Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act"

Senator Rand Paul at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

An American pattern: Seeking elusive enemies with unreliable allies

By Tim Weiner
June 15, 2015
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President Richard M. Nixon (C) talks with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) and General Alexander M. Haig Jr. at Camp David. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/Oliver F. Atkins

Germany’s assumptions about peace and power are out of sync with reality

By Lucian Kim
June 14, 2015
Members of Ukrainian armed forces fire grenade launcher in Avdiivka in Donetsk region

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces fire a grenade launcher, in response to what servicemen said were shots fired from the positions of fighters of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, in the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

from Breakingviews:

Anyone have change for a quadrillion dollar bill?

By Edward Hadas
June 12, 2015

A vendor arranges eggs on a new 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note in Harare

A vendor arranges eggs on a new 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note in Harare July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Elected autocrats help the media learn its place

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2015
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas