There are increasing concerns that the presidential election scheduled to take place next year in Kenya will result in a widespread period of ethnic unrest. Although such a scenario remains plausible, recent political reforms - along with the International Criminal Court's ongoing investigations into the individuals its believes responsible for the 2007 ethnic violence - mitigate this risk somewhat...
There is a longstanding fear that cooperation between al Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East and Africa could produce an "arc of instability" spreading from Afghanistan and Iraq, through Yemen and Somalia, to Libya and the countries of the Maghreb-Sahel...
The on-going Hamas elections, and the announcement that long-time Hamas leader Khaled Meshal will not seek another term as head of the Political Bureau, will have significant yet uncertain effects on regional issues, to include the Iranian nuclear issue, Egypt's role as a regional leader, and the stalled Palestinian-Israeli negotiations...
A territorial dispute simmering for over a century has boiled over again between China and Japan concerning ownership of the resource-rich Senkaku Island chain in the South China Sea...
China's high-speed rail network, at 13,000 km (8,077 mi), is already the world's largest and is often viewed as a major undertaking in the country's bid to modernize. Under current proposals, nearly all cities with a population of more than 500,000 will have access to the national high-speed rail network by the end of 2015...