The Great Debate

How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

By John Lloyd
June 22, 2015
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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, the U.S. president, told that a rogue U.S. B-52 bomber is likely to drop its nuclear load on a Russian target, phones his opposite number, the leader of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Seeking to downplay the fact that Armageddon is close, he says, conversationally, “Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb. The BOMB, Dmitri. The hydrogen bomb.”

Want to lose an election in 2015? Back Russia.

By Lucja Cannon
June 16, 2015
USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in the multinational NATO exercise Saber Strike in Adazi

USAF ground support aircraft A-10 participates in a multinational NATO exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2015. The annual training this year involves more than 6,000 troops from 13 NATO countries and covers the territories of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Germany’s assumptions about peace and power are out of sync with reality

By Lucian Kim
June 14, 2015
Members of Ukrainian armed forces fire grenade launcher in Avdiivka in Donetsk region

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces fire a grenade launcher, in response to what servicemen said were shots fired from the positions of fighters of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, in the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Elected autocrats help the media learn its place

By John Lloyd
June 12, 2015
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s Presidential Palace complex is pictured in Ankara, Turkey, May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Are Ukraine and the U.S. allies or not?

By M. Rojansky, T.E. Graham and M. Kofman
June 10, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Want to know Vladimir Putin’s secrets? They’re all right on his face.

By Dan Hill
June 10, 2015

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“I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes,” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) joked after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, “and I saw three things: a ‘K’ and a ‘G’ and a ‘B.’”

Vladimir Putin is not planning annexation of Ukraine enclaves, but diplomacy is flailing

By Lucian Kim
May 29, 2015
A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground 'Kuzminsky' near the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Rostov region

A woman with a boy looks at a tank as it drives through the settlement Khutor Chkalova on its way to the Russian military training ground ‘Kuzminsky’ on the Russians side of the border with Ukraine, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

By Josh Cohen
May 26, 2015
A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in Fokino

A radiation warning sign is seen on a fence at a nuclear waste disposal plant in the town of Fokino in Russia’s far-eastern Primorsky region March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

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

Vladimir Putin calls Ukraine fascist and country’s new law helps make his case

By Josh Cohen
May 14, 2015
A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev

A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich