The prospects for a political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan are greater than is widely portrayed by most experts. Many Afghans see the Taliban movement as a politically acceptable part of society and even potentially the government if it forswears violence...
The Russian presidential election on March 4th was a success for the regime: Vladimir Putin won an overwhelming victory on a respectable turnout. However, there is widespread belief that the scale of electoral irregularities was greater than in past elections, especially in the parliamentary poll. Despite Putin's success, the aura that used to surround his rule is gone...
While recent and disturbing events in the Middle East are similar to those in 1979, efforts to link the two eras are flawed and counterproductive. From that 1979 perspective, today's Arab Spring is viewed as a complete failure, one that has lead to crisis after crisis.
The U.S. State Department placed the Afghan insurgent Haqqani Network on the U.S. government's official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The designation freezes any of the group's assets held by American financial institutions and bars U.S. nationals from providing it with any funding or other material support...
Even though it was apparent that the economies of developed countries were inextricably dependent on the steady flow of oil from increasingly volatile regions, many nations operated for decades under the assumption that expanding oil requirements could always be satisfied through commerce...