The Great Debate

Options for the U.S. if Iran breaks a nuclear deal

By Bennett Ramberg
April 1, 2015

lbj & mac President Lyndon B. Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in the White House in Washington, July, 27, 1965. LBJ Presidential Library/Yoichi Okamoto

The success of any nuclear framework agreement negotiated by Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, France and China) this week ultimately will be determined not by the signing of a final accord in June but by Tehran’s fidelity to nonproliferation in the years and decades to come.

Two-step approach to preventing the next Germanwings disaster

By Christopher and Jennifer Gandin Le
March 31, 2015
A man pays his respects at the memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet

A man pays his respects at the memorial for the victims of the air disaster in the village of Le Vernet, near the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch

By Wayne Pacelle
March 31, 2015
A dairy cow peers out from behind a fence in Chino, California

A cow peers out from behind a fence in a file photo. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

If you eat meat in any country in the European Union, or even in China or Russia, you don’t have to worry about getting a dash of ractopamine with your pork or beef. All these nations ban the use of the growth-promoting drug.

Americans see Putin as only slightly more imminent threat than Obama, poll says

By Peter Van Buren
March 30, 2015
A huge video screen on Sword Beach shows U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they arrive for the International 70th D-Day Commemoration Ceremony in Ouistreham

A huge video screen on Sword Beach shows U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they arrive for the International 70th D-Day Commemoration Ceremony in Ouistreham June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

With Shi’ite militia victory over Islamic State in Tikrit, Iraq still loses

By Maria Fantappie and Peter Harling
March 30, 2015
Iraqi security forces cover their ears as a rocket is launched during clashes with Islamic State militants at a frontline in Tikrit

Iraqi security forces cover their ears as a rocket is launched during clashes with Islamic State militants at a frontline in Tikrit, March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

How Yemen became the front line of a Mideast-wide war

By Mohamad Bazzi
March 27, 2015
Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa

Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Who’s fighting for whom in Yemen’s proxy war?

By Laura Kasinof
March 27, 2015
Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa

Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

By Keith Koffler
March 26, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the U.S. Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
March 26, 2015
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Lily James is Cinderella. REUTERS/Disney/Jonathan Olley/Handout

Once upon a time, during a brief egalitarian period in postwar America, people of different classes did not live in separate worlds. The promise of mobility and prosperity was alive throughout the land. In 1950, Walt Disney Productions was saved from bankruptcy with its smash hit Cinderella, which audiences cheered at a time when the future looked bright and it was still possible for the dream of marrying up to come true.

No, the college your kids go to won’t decide their destiny

March 25, 2015

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, himself a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thinks it’s time to take much of the anxiety out of the college admittance process. His new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be, gives some pretty good reasons to relax – at least a little.