Al Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI) may well be looking with renewed interest at Iraq's jugular vein - the oil pipelines and the infrastructure. The Iraqi Oil Police are concerned that the recent attacks in Baiji may have been as a result of collusion between the employees of the refinery and the attackers - there is a previous history of such activity. There may be an alternative reading of the attack...
Dire warnings by a flailing regime should not be taken at face value, but there's good reason to worry that any new government in Sana'a may not take AQAP as seriously as Saleh has belatedly done. Yemen faces two other internal dangers: a Shi'ite rebellion in the north and a separatist movement in the south. Most Yemenis regard those as greater existential threats than any posed...
Tunisia and Egypt have fallen, Libya is tottering, Jordan, Algeria, and Bahrain are shaking, Iraq is simmering, the Saudis and Moroccans are shivering, Lebanon is Lebanon, Iran and Syria are smiling (nervously), and Western leaders are scratching their heads, unsure what is next. But who will be toppled, shaken, or just stirred, is not pot luck. By examining the nature of the regimes, we can better predict the leaders’ fate. Simply put, it’s the difference between dictators and despots...
Yale Law School: The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, along with the Law and Media Program at the Information Society Project, presents: Interrogation After 9/11, Censorship, and Journalism...
Early this morning, while the world focused on Libya and the enduring, dangerous chaos in that country; several thousand miles away in Iraq -- now almost a side-show in strategic thinking -- an attack took place which may have profound geopolitical significance...