The Great Debate

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

How durable is the China-Russia ‘friendship?’

By William Courtney, David Sedney, Kenneth Yalowitz and Stephen Young
May 13, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Russia building nuclear reactors – and influence – around the globe

By Hannah Thoburn
April 29, 2015
Russia's President Putin, his Egyptian counterpart Sisi and Russia's Defence Minister Shoigu attend a welcoming ceremony onboard guided missile cruiser Moskva at Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L), his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd R) and Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) meet onboard a guided missile cruiser at the port of Sochi, August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Why work with India’s new leader? It’s the economy, stupid

By Anja Manuel
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi gestures while speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York

Great powers sneak up on you.  While Washington has been preoccupied with a burning Middle East, Russia behaving badly and, to a lesser extent, the rise of China, U.S. relations with India have slipped down the diplomatic priority list. In coming decades, however, enormous, unwieldy India will likely be the United States’ most important continental partner in Asia.

Want energy independence? Keep the nuclear option and limit exports

By John Licata
July 10, 2014

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Whether or not you follow the energy markets, it’s very likely you’ve heard the phrase “U.S. energy independence” at one time or another in recent years. Yet the very notion that the United States can be completely self-sufficient when it comes to supplying our domestic need for energy consumption is seriously flawed for a number of reasons ranging from population growth, pure economics, a lack of public policy and a dated permitting process vital to commercialize new energy projects. Collectively, this should have Americans questioning whether U.S. power production can be enough to completely eliminate the need for foreign energy sources.

from Breakingviews:

Iraq troubles are unlikely to bring new oil crisis

June 24, 2014

By Fiona Maharg-Bravo

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

Russia puts gas-hungry China in a bear hug

May 21, 2014

By Ethan Bilby
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The nuclear option for emerging markets

By Anja Manuel
March 7, 2014

Last year, greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high of 39 billion tons. Emissions actually dropped in the United States and Europe, but substantial increases in China and India more than erased this bit of good news.

The shale factor in U.S. national security

By P. Dobriansky, B. Richardson and J. Warner
February 6, 2014

The boom in domestic shale oil and gas production has increased U.S. prosperity and economic competitiveness. But the potential for this to enhance our national security remains largely unrealized.

Is nuclear power the answer on climate change?

By Richard Schiffman
January 10, 2014

James Hansen’s latest press conference was positively scary.

NASA’s former chief climate scientist (he recently left government to pursue a more activist role) met with environmental journalists last month at Columbia University to release a new study with the ominous title, “Assessing Dangerous Climate Change: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature.”