Business travel to South America is increasing as the region continues to prosper economically. But with consistently high levels of corruption, crime and a persistent threat from terrorism and civil unrest, it is important for businesses to have a robust security risk mitigation program in place...
The lack of metrics in vague foreign policy strategies and goals leaves these strategies and goals unacceptably vulnerable to both drift and drama. Promoting liberty can and should influence strategy and policy, but it can't be mistaken for strategy and policy.
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.