The Great Debate

Meet the man trying to bring Iraq back from the brink

By Mohamad Bazzi
August 31, 2015
Riot policemen stand in front of protesters during demonstration against the poor quality of basic services, power outages and calling for trial of corrupt politicians in Baghdad

Riot policemen stand in front of protesters during demonstration against the poor quality of basic services, power outages and calling for trial of corrupt politicians in Baghdad, Iraq, August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe.

By Henri J. Barkey and David F. Gordon
August 27, 2015
An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

By Bennett Ramberg
August 25, 2015
Ministers and officials pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (L to R) at the United Nations building in Vienna, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Klamar/Pool

Why we disagree with Chuck Schumer on the Iran deal

By Richard Lugar and J. Bennett Johnston
August 14, 2015
U.S. Senator Schumer speaks after the cloture vote on the nomination of Lynch to be Attorney General, in Washington

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Why it’s impossible to hide nuclear work in 24 days – or 24 years

By Yousaf Butt
August 13, 2015
A scientist works at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) environmental sample laboratory in Seibersdorf

A scientist works at the International Atomic Energy Agency environmental sample laboratory in Seibersdorf, April 24, 2013REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Why do all the GOP candidates sound like George W. Bush?

By Lawrence Wilkerson
August 12, 2015
U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in the press briefing room at the White House

President George W. Bush at his final press conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Netanyahu steered U.S. toward war with Iran – the result is a deal he hates

By Shibley Telhami
July 21, 2015
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program, in New York

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran’s nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Israel won’t strike Iran alone, no matter how much it hates the nuclear deal

By Noga Tarnopolsky
July 15, 2015
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off at Ramon air base

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off at Ramon air base in southern Israel during routine training, October 21, 2013. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Iran nuclear deal: Why the private sector will decide whether it survives

By Nate Olson
July 15, 2015
A man adjusts signs during the 15th International Oil and Gas Conference  in Tehran

A man adjusts signs during the 15th International Oil and Gas Conference in Tehran, November 1, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz ​

Iran nuclear deal: What happens next around the world

July 14, 2015
A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran's presidential election along a street in Tehran

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani celebrates his victory in Iran’s presidential election along a street in Tehran June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Yalda Moayeri