Reports of a United Nations attempt to secure substantial control of the Internet - coupled with increasing incidence of cybercrime, state-sponsored cyber attacks, and unauthorized government leaks - have brought issues of Internet governance and cybersecurity policy to the forefront of the global policy agenda...
The Assad regime continues its efforts to crush a popular uprising and armed rebellion by force; nonetheless, defections from the military are likely to accelerate as many within the ranks increasingly conclude that the regime is likely to fall. As a result, the government will face greater difficulty in mustering a sufficient number of loyal troops to recapture ever expanding amounts of lost territory...
Myanmar's recent political reforms, although still in the initial stages, are an indication that the government continues to be committed to moving forward. Despite recent setbacks, many within the opposition - as well as in the international community - remain cautiously optimistic...
Jordan's announcement that it will build up to four nuclear power plants is an opportunity for the region to pause and reassess its regulatory enforcement mechanisms as it increasingly turns to cutting edge technologies...
President Barack Obama has presided over a significant rise in covert drone strikes against al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan as well as Yemen and Somalia. These strikes have damaged al-Qaeda's central command structure and its capacity to conduct attacks. Some analysts have promoted an extension of the drone program into African countries that harbor major terrorist threats...