While Yemen has made progress in its recent political transition, the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, continues to add lingering friction by interfering with reforms through family and tribal connections...
Recent activity and allegations on the cyber front have led some to question whether or not the United States, China, Russia and possibly other nation-states are engaged in cyberwar. Confusion over terminology and ambiguity surrounding the types of events that take place - as well as the perpetrators - further muddy the waters...
The international community is reaching the limits of its current metaphor-based approach to ongoing regional and national problems. That approach seeks to find similar - albeit unfounded - causation to explain very different geopolitical challenges in, for example, Afghanistan and Yemen, or Syria and Libya...
Since the mid 1980s, China has embarked on a reassessment of its maritime interests and a transformation of its capabilities in the maritime arena. Beijing sees a more muscular blue-water capability to be an important tool to protect its expanding global economic interests, defend its regional territorial claims, and counteract the growing U.S. military presence in the Pacific...
The ongoing tension between Iraqi Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on one side and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki and his Iranian backers on the other presents Western policymakers with a strategic opportunity to enhance Iraqi national identity while at the same time diminish Iranian influence on internal Iraqi affairs...