The Arab Spring has brought Islamist parties to power in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But there is continued suspicion from both domestic and international critics over Islamic parties' long-term ambitions...
India's government and people are acutely attuned to the country's reputation on the world stage, not least in comparison to their Chinese neighbors. As such, Indians suffered major embarrassment this summer when their country was the site of the world's largest-ever blackout, a two-day loss of electricity that affected 700 million people...
Zimbabwe's Government of National Unity (GNU) was created in the violent aftermath of the 2008 elections, and it yoked president-for-life Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai into an unwanted power-sharing arrangement that seemed doomed to fail. The GNU has indeed been gridlocked for much of the past three years, but it has also scored under appreciated victories on both the political and economic fronts...
Iran will increasingly focus on building the capacity to threaten Western interests and allies in the Gulf in an effort to develop leverage against the expanding international effort to pressure Iran economically. That effort will progressively be driven by Iran?s domestic arms industry as the country remains mostly cut off from foreign suppliers...
The non-stop psychological warfare about Syria that is being waged through social media by both governments, non-state actors, and individuals will have both immediate and long-term effects on how governments and news outlets manage a crisis...