The Great Debate

Forget the debate: Two simple reasons a Republican will likely win in 2016

By Clifford Young and Julia Clark
October 14, 2015
Reporters get a tour of the room where democratic presidential candidates will debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Reporters get a tour of the room where democratic presidential candidates will debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

How to respond to Russia in Syria while avoiding World War Three

By Josh Cohen
October 13, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent

The best reason for Iran deal? The West will learn where to drop bombs.

By Alexander McCoy and Jacqueline Lopour
September 30, 2015
Ministers and officials pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L to R) pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool

Russia’s fight in Syria reflects the Kremlin’s fears at home

By Paul Stronski
September 29, 2015
Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow

Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Why it’s so much easier for Congress to vote for war than peace

By Laicie Heeley and Daniel Wirls
September 3, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Cruz waits to speak against Iran nuclear deal during rally across from the White House in Washington

Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz waits to speak at an event protesting against the Iran nuclear deal in Lafayette Park, across from the White House in Washington, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

What makes Donald Trump a new kind of candidate

By Bill Schneider
August 12, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump pauses at his podium during the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Donald Trump pauses during the first official Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A truth and reconciliation commission for the United States

By Ronald C. Slye
August 10, 2015
Combination picture shows local residents and volunteers holding hands during a community event in Ferguson

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August 08, 2015 Combination picture of local residents and church volunteers holding hands while praying during a community event hosted by the Convoy of Hope in Ferguson, Missouri, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

America’s mass incarceration system: Freedom’s next frontier

By James Braxton Peterson
July 24, 2015
Obama speaks at the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia

President Barack Obama at the NAACP’s convention in Philadelphia, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Netanyahu steered U.S. toward war with Iran – the result is a deal he hates

By Shibley Telhami
July 21, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program, in New York

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran’s nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Focusing on 2016, GOP governors overlook their own states

By Bill Schneider
July 7, 2015
Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young