Iran's cultural and religious influence in Afghanistan is overestimated by the international community, especially the U.S., whose perception is shaped by a strategic blind spot created by the lack of direct contact with Iran...
The Shiite-led uprising in Bahrain, although diminishing in intensity since mid-2011, continues to defy resolution. At the same time, U.S. influence - and leverage - over the situation has steadily decreased...
The Afghan government and its partners - NATO and the International Security Assistance Force - face the challenge of developing cost-effective strategies for creating stability and commitment among young Afghan men, precisely the subset of the population from which the insurgency and criminal networks draw recruits.
The Internet and social media empower individuals and small groups with an unprecedented ability to influence the behavior of states. The hacker collective known as Anonymous is a prime example as it leverages cyberspace to wage asymmetric war against a host of selected adversaries that include individuals, corporations, and nations...
The relative slowing of the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - has the unexpected potential to impact both the willingness and ability of the international community to militarily intervene in regional crises that threaten wider instability...