A number of countries are moving ahead independently to take advantage of increased access to the resource-rich Arctic circle region, which holds perhaps the largest undiscovered yields of oil and natural gas.
Pakistan's government recently vowed to grant normal, Most-Favored Nation trade status to India by the end of 2012. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman called the news a "very, very big deal" that could bring new prosperity to the region.
The newly assertive foreign policy of the Arab Gulf states is, on balance, proving highly beneficial to U.S. interests in the Middle East. The Gulf states have ample discretionary funds, and are often able to broker arrangements that might elude the United States. In a very real sense, they can; and invariably will; serve as a "force multiplier" for U.S. policy in the region...
Al Qaeda, with its many operational and structural challenges, remains embroiled in an unsuccessful search for an effective, inspirational leader to satisfactorily replace Osama bin Ladin, an exceedingly difficult proposition for a lesser known extremist group, let alone the world?s most targeted terrorist organization.
Along with China, Russia has been cited as a top cyber threat to an expanding number of countries, including several of its former republics and the U.S. homeland. Primary targets of cyber espionage are intellectual property, trade secrets, and national security information...