The Great Debate

What is the best way to describe Vladimir Putin’s Russia?

March 18, 2016
A Tu-160 heavy strategic bomber flies during the Victory Day parade above Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1C7AV

A Tu-160 heavy strategic bomber flies during the Victory Day parade above Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Caught in a draft: Where compulsory military service can last forever

March 18, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Michela Wrong

This week’s episode of War College focuses on a secretive nation where everyone serves in the military – and not just for a year or two. In fact, once you get pulled into service in Eritrea, you could be serving for a decade or more. And no one knows how much more it could be. 

Europe could be doomed. But Britain should stay in anyway.

March 17, 2016
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, holds up his budget case for the cameras as he stands outside number 11 Downing Street, before delivering his budget to the House of Commons, in London, Britain, March 16, 2016.    REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  - RTSAOPR

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, holds up his budget case for the cameras as he stands outside number 11 Downing Street, before delivering his budget to the House of Commons, in London, Britain, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A rarity for 2016: Agreeing to disagree

March 16, 2016
Vienna, Ohio March 14, 2015 Donald Trump campaigns for the Republican nomination for the Presidency, speaking in the Winner Aviation hanger at the Youngstown-Warren Airport, to a crowd of several thousand people. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Partisanship was more the order of the day, as this picture of one of the thousands of people who attended a March 14, 2016, rally for Donald Trump near Youngstown, Ohio, shows. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Why oil collapse is forcing Saudi Arabia to cut back on its checkbook diplomacy

March 16, 2016
Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, hold their weapons as they wear uniforms provided by the Gulf states in Marib, Yemen October 15, 2015. Marib is a city that is heavily armed even by the standards of Yemen, where the ready availability of weapons helped start civil war and is now preventing anyone coming out on top. Yemenis often say there are three guns for every person, a boast that has become an urgent concern in a country where the United Nations says the humanitarian situation is "critical". Picture taken October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Angus McDowall - RTS4ZMB

Yemeni soldiers trained in Saudi Arabia, hold their weapons as they wear uniforms provided by the Gulf states in Marib, Yemen October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Angus McDowall

Russia drops the mic: Syria pullout comes at perfect moment

March 15, 2016
Russian Su-34 bombers, Su-27 fighters and MiG-29 fighters fly in formation above Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. Russia marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe on Saturday with a military parade, showcasing new military hardware at a time when relations with the West have hit lows not seen since the Cold War. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX1C7WP

Russian Su-34 bombers, Su-27 fighters and MiG-29 fighters fly in formation above Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Why — and how — Russia won in Syria

March 15, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX294ZD

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin

German election bruises Merkel, but isn’t a knockout blow

March 14, 2016
A combination picture shows German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel as she addresses a news conference at CDU party headquarters in Berlin, Germany March 14, 2016.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch - RTX293BZ

A combination picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

States vie with feds to punish company moves abroad. But does it work?

March 14, 2016
A woman passes by the Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 23, 2015.  Pfizer Inc  on Monday said it would buy Botox maker Allergan Plc  in a record-breaking deal worth $160 billion to cut its U.S. tax bill by moving its headquarters to Ireland.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RTX1VI00

The Pfizer World Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid