The Great Debate

The dangers lurking in the U.N.’s new plan to prevent violent extremism

By Richard Atwood
February 8, 2016
Islamic State militants lead what are said to be Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Wilayat Barqa, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website on April 19, 2015. The video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group which has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya. Libyan officials were not immediately available for comment. Ethiopia said it had not been able to verify whether the people shown in the video were its citizens. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY VIDEO. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Islamic State militants lead what are said to be Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Wilayat Barqa, in this still from an undated video from a social media website, April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing a winner-take-all game

By Mohamad Bazzi
January 7, 2016
Shi'ites protest against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Baghdad January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily  - RTX219P8

Shi’ites protest against the execution of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, during a demonstration in Baghdad January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution

By Peter Van Buren
January 6, 2016
Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016. The sign reads in Urdu, "Protest, Protest, Protest, we condemn the martyring of Ayatullah Shaikh Baqar al-Nimr and other Muslims, and demand human rights organisations take notice of the inhuman incident and bring fact-finding to the public". REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro  - RTX20S7T

Members of the Shi’ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Why the U.S. sticks with an ineffective strategy against Islamic militants

By Jason Fields
November 24, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Predator and Reaper drones hang in the sky above Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Mostly they observe, search for targets – and occasionally they unleash Hellfire missiles. Targets may be large gatherings of suspicious figures, convoys or training camps. They can also be private houses, and sometimes they turn out to be weddings.

Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

By Belkis Wille and James Ross
October 9, 2015
Woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city

A woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

New steps to bring U.S. hostages home, offer families help

By David Rohde
June 29, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama pauses while announcing a change in U.S. policy on kidnappings in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, June 24, 2015.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

There’s no such thing as a lone wolf in cyberspace

By Gabriel Weimann
June 25, 2015
Handout photo of suspects in Boston Marathon shooting

FBI handout photo of Dzhokhar (L) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the lone-wolf terrorists behind the Boston Marathan bombing, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/FBI/Handout

Better the dictator you condemn than the insurgents you can’t control

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2015
Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte

Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte, March 15, 2015. Militants loyal to Islamic State, the group which has seized much of Iraq and Syria, have established a larger presence in central Libya in recent weeks. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Hostage deaths prove it’s time to rein in ‘signature’ drone strikes

By David Rohde
April 28, 2015
American hostage Warren Weinstein is shown in this image captured from an undated video courtesy of SITE Intelligence Group

American hostage Warren Weinstein is shown in this image captured from an undated video courtesy of SITE Intelligence Group. Reuters/SITE/As-Sahab Media released by SITE Intelligence Group/Handout via Reuters

Who gets out when a U.S. embassy closes, and who gets left behind?

By Peter Van Buren
February 12, 2015
Police troopers secure the entrance of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa

Police troopers secure the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 11, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah