The Great Debate

Chaos in Libya: It’s the oil, stupid

By Issandr El Amrani
December 13, 2015
One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS5V4X

One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by UN envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya, October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori 

Why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t ‘migrants’

By Lauren Wolfe
July 2, 2015
A staff member puts an identification number on a rescued migrant's hand as she disembarks at the Pozzallo harbour, Italy

A staff member puts an identification number on a rescued woman’s hand as she disembarks at the Pozzallo harbour, Italy, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Better the dictator you condemn than the insurgents you can’t control

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2015
Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte

Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte, March 15, 2015. Militants loyal to Islamic State, the group which has seized much of Iraq and Syria, have established a larger presence in central Libya in recent weeks. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Dangerous crossing: Only seven EU patrol boats, two planes, one helicopter on watch for migrants in Mediterranean

April 23, 2015
Migrants stand on board of Italian Navy ship Chimera before to be disembarked in the southern harbour of Salerno

Migrants stand on board of Italian Navy ship Chimera before to be disembarked in the southern harbour of Salerno April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Arab nations just created a joint military force. Why now?

By Shibley Telhami
April 2, 2015
Saudi special forces snipers demonstrate their shooting skills before their graduation ceremony near Riyadh

Saudi special forces snipers demonstrate their shooting skills before their graduation ceremony near Riyadh, March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed ​

Millions in U.S. military equipment lost as Yemen heads down Syria’s path

By Hayat Alvi
March 24, 2015
Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters, hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck  during a demonstration to show support to the movement, and rejecting foreign interference in Yemen's internal affairs, in Sanaa

Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck in Sanaa March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

What Hillary Clinton’s email, Benghazi troubles have in common with the living dead

By Suzanne Garment
March 16, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape about the U.S.-South Africa partnership, in Cape Town

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

Assessing the resiliency of Hillary Clinton

January 14, 2013

As Hillary Rodham Clinton finished her last few weeks on the job, after a month of convalescence, how can we assess the secretary of state’s contributions?

Obama, Romney missing the point on Libya

By Stephen R. Weissman
October 22, 2012

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in Monday’s foreign policy debate are again likely to examine the administration’s handling of an Islamic militia’s murderous attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and its significance for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

The key to understanding the ‘Arab Spring’

By Graeme Bannerman
October 11, 2012

The United States has been unable to develop a clear national policy about the Arab Spring largely because Washington does not fully understand what’s happening in the Middle East.