The reluctance by the West - including the United States - to support the strategy of providing Syrian rebels with heavier weapons is less a reluctance to provide arms to uncertain friends and more an unconscious acknowledgement that there is as yet no clear goal behind such an effort...
Over the past years, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has increasingly adopted a global Salafist ideology. It has also capitalized on government instability across North Africa and the Sahel to extend its operational presence and establish training camps...
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has adopted a tactic that has been used by a number of his predecessors - that of attacking Chinese practices and the current administration's policy on China....
The plummeting value of Iran's currency is a signal that Iran's economy - one weakened by many years of mismanagement - is likely to collapse under the weight of international sanctions. In the interim, the rapidly unfolding economic downturn is likely to produce expanding street unrest...
The likelihood of closer ties between Turkey and Egypt - two nations that are both democratic and overwhelmingly Muslim - might indicate a resumption of historic regional trends now shaped by modern developments...