The Great Debate

The Exchange: Garry Kasparov forecasts bloody regime change in Russia

January 20, 2016

Garry Kasparov, a Russian opposition leader who was ranked as the world’s best chess player for most of 20 years,  joins opinion editor Jason Fields to discuss Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the dangers of its global influence. The title of his new book – Winter Is Coming – is a conscious play on the famous Game of Thrones TV and book series and the sense of darkness stalking the world.

The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

January 10, 2016
A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghani and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near to the village of Idomeni, Greece December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XC9R

A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghan and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Is the risk of nuclear war rising?

December 20, 2015
A surface-to-surface Agni V missile is launched from the Wheeler Island off the eastern Indian state of Odisha April 19, 2012. India test-fired the long range missile capable of reaching deep into China and Europe on Thursday, thrusting the emerging Asian power into an elite club of nations with intercontinental nuclear weapons capabilities. A scientist at the launch site said the launch was successful, minutes after television images showed the rocket with a range of more than 5,000 km (3,100 miles) blasting through clouds from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. REUTERS/Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation/DRDO/Handout (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR30XD1

A surface-to-surface Agni V missile is launched from the Wheeler Island off the eastern Indian state of Odisha April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation/Handout

Want to move your tank battalion to take on a threat? NATO’s got a form for that.

November 26, 2015
An Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR4SLF7

An Abrams main battle tank, deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Iron curtains: The world’s new dividing lines are no better than the old

May 14, 2015
Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Building Berlin’s Wall helped avoid a nuclear confrontation

November 7, 2014

West Berliners walk in front of the Berlin wall at the Allied checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev refused to use force when thousands of people from East and West converged to pull down the Berlin Wall. He taught us all a great lesson: No wall can hold back democracy. Since then, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taught another lesson: If a country’s people don’t want democracy enough, no Berlin Wall is needed to keep it out.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

U.S. power: Waging cold wars without end

June 26, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses troops at Bagram Air Base in Kabul

Suddenly, it seems, the world is at war.

In Iraq, armed and angry militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are at the gates of Baghdad. In Pakistan, government forces are mounting a ferocious campaign against the Taliban in North Waziristan. In Syria, the civil war drags on. These are “hot wars” involving the clashing of troops and weapons. Having escaped such “hot” conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these are the sort of war Americans have made it plain they are not prepared to fight.

Post Iraq, U.S. must rely on covert action

June 13, 2014

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Covert actions are now crucial to U.S. foreign policy. After the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington should rely more on CIA-driven covert operations and less on military force in the world’s hotspots.

Brown v. Board of Ed: Key Cold War weapon

May 14, 2014

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, issued on May 17, 1954, is probably the most important judicial decision in American history.

Cold War warmed over

March 7, 2014

Can we have a new Cold War without a communist threat?  Some important political players seem to think so.