The Great Debate

Why a deal to help Turkey deal with migrants is good for Europe – not migrants

By Tania Karas
October 22, 2015
A Syrian migrant offers Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Sarayici oil wrestling arena in Edirne

A Syrian migrant offers Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Sarayici oil wrestling arena in Edirne, Turkey, September 24, 2015 REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan

U.S. military might already have the data to identify Islamic State leaders

By Aki Peritz
October 15, 2015
An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website

An Islamic State militant holds a gun while standing behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Wilayat Fazzan in a still from an undated video, April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

How to respond to Russia in Syria while avoiding World War Three

By Josh Cohen
October 13, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent

Putin rehashes Ukraine rhetoric on Syria, but Nazi comparisons fail to convince

By Ian Bateson
October 7, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and French President Francois Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 2, 2015.REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

Syria’s one hope may be as dim as Bosnia’s once was

October 6, 2015
Damaged buildings in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria

Damaged buildings in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Vladimir Putin’s secret weapon for a Syrian end game? Diplomacy.

By Nicolay Kozhanov
October 5, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, President Putin and French President Hollande sit together at the start of a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and French President Francois Hollande at a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Etienne Laurent/Pool

Russia’s fight in Syria reflects the Kremlin’s fears at home

By Paul Stronski
September 29, 2015
Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow

Russian Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter flies over the Red Square during the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Imperial overreach: How Putin’s move into Syria could bring his government down

By William E. Pomeranz
September 28, 2015
A general view shows the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra

These are the ruins of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, once the seat of a great empire. On August 30, 2015, Islamic State destroyed it. REUTERS/Sandra Auger

Why migrants are going to great lengths to avoid this EU country

By Tania Karas
September 28, 2015
Refugees walk inside the Kokkinotrimithia refugee camp in Cyprus

Refugees walk inside the Kokkinotrimithia refugee camp in Cyprus, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

What Obama can learn from Vladimir Putin

By Josh Cohen
September 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Putin in Los Cabos

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed