The Great Debate

Vladimir Putin’s most effective weapon is gas – but not the poison kind

By Josh Cohen
July 28, 2015
Russia's President Putin and China's Vice Premier Zhang attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the "Power of Siberia" pipeline in Us Khatyn

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attend a ceremony marking the start of the construction of the “Power of Siberia” pipeline at the village of Us Khatyn September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The whining of the militants

By John Lloyd
July 23, 2015
Still image taken from video of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in Mosul

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

Why Estonia’s not worried, despite its neighbor to the east

By Lucian Kim
July 22, 2015
U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron's F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base

U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron’s F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

The weapons the U.S. needs for a war it doesn’t want

By P.W. Singer and August Cole
July 20, 2015
Fourth F-35 Lightning II arrives at Nellis Air Force Base

The fourth Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrives at the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 24, 2013, REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Daniel Hughes/Handout

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Proof of MH17 tragedy’s real culprits grows

By James Miller
July 17, 2015
A pro-Russian separatist holds a stuffed toy found at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region

A pro-Russian separatist holds a stuffed toy found at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Big loser in any nuclear deal with Iran may be Russia

By Agnia Grigas and Amir Handjani
July 10, 2015
General view of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of Tehran

A general view of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, built by Russia, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/IRNA/Mohammad Babaie

Why Russia’s turn to China is a mirage

By Björn Düben
July 8, 2015
Russia's President Putin welcomes China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Kremlin in Moscow

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes China’s President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko

How to empower Ukraine and bring Moscow back to the table

By Jan H. Kalicki
July 6, 2015
Members of Ukrainian armed forces gather on armoured vehicle on roadside near village of Vidrodzhennya

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces near the village of Vidrodzhennya, outside Artemivsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Want to escalate U.S.-Russia tension? Arm Ukraine.

By Josh Cohen
July 2, 2015
Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces prepare a weapon at their position located near the town of Horlivka, north of Donetsk, Ukraine, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

By David Axe
June 22, 2015
Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force August 1st AerobaticsTeam during a demonstration at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip