The Great Debate

The issue that could bring Iran and Saudi Arabia to the negotiating table

By Mark Fitzpatrick and Jacqueline Shire
May 15, 2015
Obama hosts working session of six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David in Maryland

President Barack Obama hosts a working session of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David in Maryland, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Are the U.S. and UK still BFFs? It doesn’t really matter.

May 14, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen

President Barack Obama walks with British Prime Minister David Cameron during the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Snubbed by Saudi Arabia, what can Obama salvage from Arab summit?

By Peter Van Buren
May 12, 2015
U.S. President Obama walks with Saudi King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) walks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Ed Miliband’s Obama-inspired rhetoric didn’t play in the UK

By John Lloyd
May 8, 2015
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband announces his resignation as leader at a news conference in London

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband announces his resignation as leader at a news conference in London, Britain May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

By Bill Schneider
April 21, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton reacts while testifying on the Benghazi attacks during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to intense questioning about the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

By David Axe
March 25, 2015
A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

By Lawrence Korb
March 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House in Washington, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Relax, Israel – if your ally is working with your enemy, it doesn’t make them friends

By Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg
March 12, 2015

U.S. President Obama walks with Saudi King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh

President Barack Obama (L) walks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to a meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh, January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Netanyahu at the Capitol: Political points scored, Israel’s security undermined

By Dimi Reider
March 3, 2015
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York

A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton