The Great Debate

The next Chernobyl may be intentional

April 26, 2016
A general view shows the sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 21, 2015. Ukraine will mark the 29th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst civil nuclear accident, on April 26.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Islamic State has erased the line between foreign and domestic policy

April 21, 2016
French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, March 30, 2016 as France has decided to deploy 1,600 additional police officers to bolster security at its borders and on public transport following the deadly blasts in Brussels.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Europe declared peace while the world was still at war

March 24, 2016
Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

What the West should have learned from its long ‘war on terror’

December 7, 2015
A police officer picks up a weapon from the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015.  Authorities on Thursday were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a 6-moth old daughter together, opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in an attack that appeared to have been planned.  REUTERS/Mike Blake (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)   - RTX1X2D8

A police officer picks up a weapon from the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Never the next great power: Argentina’s future is always stuck in the past

March 23, 2015
People light candles next to a sign during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires

People light candles next to a sign that reads “I am Nisman” during a protest over the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, at the Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

February 3, 2015
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

‘Charlie Hebdo’: High-impact, low-tech tactics add chilling dimension to attacks

January 9, 2015

French soldier patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of the highest level of "Vigipirate" security

In the aftermath of 9/11, the biggest fear that haunted U.S. counter-terrorism officials was that al-Qaeda or its allies would somehow get hold of a weapon of mass destruction: a biological agent or a nuclear bomb.

The pope’s door is always open to ISIS. Why America’s should be, too.

December 8, 2014

Hamas fighter speaks on the phone as he sits inside the personal meeting hall of President Abbas after they captured his headquarters in Gaza

Pope Francis strayed into controversy recently when he said that, while he supported military action against Islamic State, he also would not rule out speaking to the group if it would help bring peace to Syria and Iraq. “It is difficult, one could say almost impossible, but the door is always open,” he said.

Revoking passports isn’t the way to stop American jihadists from returning home

October 7, 2014

Undated handout picture of a passport of a man identified as Ramy Zamzam

As the Western world confronts the threat posed by the Islamic State, many officials are pushing for stricter measures to be put in place to protect the United States from home-bound jihadists carrying U.S. passports.

Gitmo: Too dangerous to release? Not so fast.

May 15, 2014

File photo of detainees sitting in a holding area at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay

When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens Thursday, we will finally have a national institution dedicated to exploring the effects of the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.