The Great Debate

Why Russia’s turn to China is a mirage

By Björn Düben
July 8, 2015
Russia's President Putin welcomes China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Kremlin in Moscow

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes China’s President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Failure of new U.S. weapons systems may be more than science fiction

By Matthew Gault
July 2, 2015
A F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is seen at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

By David Axe
June 22, 2015
Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force August 1st AerobaticsTeam during a demonstration at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

By Matthew Gault
June 17, 2015
An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

An illustration picture of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Elected autocrats help the media learn its place

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2015
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Everything you need to know about the South China Sea conflict – in under five minutes

By William Johnson
June 9, 2015
An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

Hacked federal personnel files could turn employees into foreign spies

By Peter Van Buren
June 5, 2015
A Department of Homeland Security worker listen to U.S. President Barack Obama talk at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington

A Department of Homeland Security worker listens to President Barack Obama talk at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Why China has the upper hand in the South China Sea

By Barry C. Lynn
June 3, 2015
Employees work inside a LCD factory in Wuhan

Employees in a LCD factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, May 8, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

Why democracy may have been just a passing phase

By John Lloyd
June 1, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

By Paula Newberg
May 26, 2015
India's PM Modi shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Sharif as Nepal's PM Koirala and Afghanistan's President Ghani watch during the closing session of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front L) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (front C) as Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (back 2nd L) and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani (front R) look on at the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Kathmandu, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Niranjan Shrestha/Pool