The Great Debate

Why Poland’s presidential election may shake up the European Union

By Ola Cichowlas
May 22, 2015
Polish President Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to media after casting votes in presidential election at polling station in Warsaw

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna speak to the media after voting in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Warsaw, Poland, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski / Agencja Gazeta

Why this Ukrainian ‘revolution’ may be doomed, too

By Lucian Kim
May 17, 2015
U.S. serviceman trains Ukrainian soldiers during joint military exercise in Yavoriv

A serviceman of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (R) trains Ukrainian soldiers during a joint military exercise called “Fearless Guardian 2015″ outside Lviv, Ukraine, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Iron curtains: The world’s new dividing lines are no better than the old

By Yuliya Komska
May 14, 2015
Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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

Moscow uses tanks, Berlin words in World War Two commemorations

By Lucian Kim
May 8, 2015
Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square in central Moscow

Russian servicemen drive a T-14 Armata tank (front) during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade in Red Square. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

In the battle between Ukraine and Russian separatists, shady private armies take the field

By Josh Cohen
May 5, 2015
Ukraine's voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine's village of Urzuf that sits west of the port city of Mariupol

Ukraine’s voluntary militia called the Azov Battalion holds artillery training in east Ukraine, west of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea, March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

There will be no winners in Syria’s war, but there can be an end

By Noah Bonsey
May 5, 2015
Free Syrian Army fighter covers his ears as his fellow fighter fires weapon during clashes with forces loyal to President Assad in old city of Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter covers his ears as his fellow fighter fires a weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

The EU may soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin running on fumes

By William E. Pomeranz
May 1, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on recent wildfires issues in Abakan

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in Abakan, the Republic of Khakassia, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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

The world looks like it’s getting worse. Here’s why it’s not.

By John Stackhouse
April 28, 2015
Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's southern city of Aden

Members of the Southern Resistance Committees man a tank during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer