There are two strategic - and interconnected - drivers that define the trajectory of Chinese policy: energy security and unemployment. China's economy now consumes more oil than either Europe or the U.S., and 50% of that oil is imported from the Middle East and North Africa (by comparison, the U.S. imports 25% of its current requirements). If crude oil stays at or near its current price levels, then China will be spending more on oil than it earns in export revenues to the U.S., a turn of events that could force higher levels of unemployment and social discontent...
Intelligence indicates that Al-Qa'ida (AQ) may be trying to establish itself in the North Sinai, a governorate of Egypt located in the northern portion of the Sinai Peninsula, from where it might seek to exploit the fragility of internal politics in Egypt and, in doing so, destabilize the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty...
Nation-building has become a major geopolitical undertaking, one vigorously pursued by Western governments and the United Nations as an instrument of statecraft. Specifically, nation-building refers to the employment of military forces as an integral component of a strategic-level effort to build economic capabilities, develop political institutions (primarily those that support the democratic process), and fostering a more peaceful climate that would make these other aims possible...
When does security and safety planning begin for a Major Event? In many cases - especially those with a global interest such as the World Cup Soccer and Olympic Games - this vital step begins as early as bidding stages of these events.
The Russian civilian and military intelligence and security services are increasingly using cyber-attacks, HUMINT, and other intelligence collection operations to acquire economic, financial, and propriety data and technology to directly support Russia?s economic development and energy security.