The Great Debate

When is pornography a sign of women’s progress?

By John Lloyd
March 17, 2015
A protester takes part in a demonstration against new laws on pornography outside parliament in central London

A protester takes part in a demonstration against new British laws on pornography outside parliament in central London, Dec. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015
Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Meet a first lady who is clearly getting the second-class treatment

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
January 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India's President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

U.S. and India: Two democracies can join to balance China’s rise

By Jon Huntsman Jr. and Bharath Gopalaswamy
January 25, 2015
U.S. President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) arrive for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India’s rock-star PM wowed Madison Square Garden—but can he deliver more than a great show?

By Amana Fontanella-Khan
September 29, 2014

India's Prime Minister Modi speaks at Madison Square Garden in New York

 

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this Sunday. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.

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.

from Breakingviews:

Modi’s big win gives India way out of policy limbo

May 16, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee 

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

from Compass:

Putin’s action is no surprise

By Nader Mousavizadeh
March 28, 2014

Surprise is the least forgivable sin of statecraft. Yet nothing has so characterized the Ukraine crisis as the West's continuing surprise at Russia's behavior.

Combatting TB 2.0

By Jose Luis Castro
March 24, 2014

Earlier this month, health officials in Los Angeles confirmed they are treating a patient for extensively drug resistant tuberculosis — a deadly form that does not respond to most of the antibiotics. The United States is one of 100 countries that have reported cases of “XDR-TB” since it was discovered in South Africa less than a decade ago.

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.