Two of the world's critical waterways, the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab, are found at the geographic and political center of multiple Middle East crises that are threatening to affect -- to a greater or lesser extent -- almost every country whose oil and commodities transit those waterways. The crises include the various Middle East revolutions creating turmoil in the region but also the increasingly painful economic sanctions imposed by the U.S., the U.N. and the European Union (E.U.) on Iran as punishment for its alleged nuclear weapons' program...
The general political situation in the oil and gas producing regions of the Middle East is becoming more tense, especially between Iraq and Kuwait. Tensions between the two are steadily rising as Kuwait aggressively pursues restitution for the 1990 invasion by threatening to seize Iraqi assets in compensation for their losses...
The indictments carry a risk for interlocutors with Qadhafi of guilt by association, and therefore their adoption may also be a cause of concern to some as much as a cause of celebrations to others...
The selection of Anwar al-Awlaki as leader of AQAP has all the hallmarks of a counter-propaganda campaign plan: Al-Qaida Core is seen to be fighting back through the appointment of a media-savvy, articulate and charismatic leader - everything in fact Ayman Al-Zawahiri is not...
The impact of the sanctions-- imposed in response to the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons' program -- is playing out in a way that is having a growing impact on the physical and economic security of the Gulf states, the military posture in Israel, and the energy security of the West. The effects radiate as far as Latin America...