The confluence of lowered subsidies, higher fuel and food prices, an emboldened Islamic Action Front opposition party, and regional trends coursing toward more assertive demonstrations could well lead to the crossing of a critical psychological-legal barrier...
Recently elected by the United Nations General Assembly to the Economic and Social Council, South Africa was expected to "utilize its experience on peace and security matters to pursue a global development agenda with a view toward contributing to the reduction of insecurity in Africa and in the World." This announcement may be viewed by international human rights groups as both paradoxical and oddly-timed...
The fact that France and the Gulf Cooperation Council have formally recognized the newly created Syrian National Council as the "sole representative of the Syrian people" means the 20-month long crisis is transitioning into a new but very uncertain stage. Against the inescapable backdrop of international tensions, there is hope that the Syrian people remain at the forefront of any contingency planning...
Mexican drug trafficking organizations - specifically the four primary cartels - are a dynamic and asymmetric threat to the national security and public safety of Mexico. They are able to leverage an enormous cash flow to purchase the best of current and emergent technologies. In many circumstances, cartel technology is vastly superior to that of pursuing military and police organizations...
International sanctions are pressuring Iran's economy to the point where negotiations might produce compromise in 2013. A variety of high ranking Iranian leaders have expressed support for a negotiated solution, but the Supreme Leader will only accept a deal with the international community if he is convinced regime survival...