Modern highly choreographed summits and the fear of failure in very public talks have made world leaders more hesitant to invest significant time on sustained direct talks with their counterparts, leaving them unable to meaningfully assess - or understand - each other's motivations...
The terrorist threat to the global financial sector remains substantial, with further plots - and actual attacks - likely to emerge over the coming months...
With the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics only days away, last-minute security challenges have edged anticipation of athletic competition for media interest. Potential targets of a terrorist attack during the Olympics will likely be most vulnerable not while attending official events, but while visiting commercial establishments such as bars and restaurants, or while in transit by car or mass transportation...
U.S. aid to Pakistan historically has come in waves correlating closely with perceived U.S. interests in South Asia. Aid following the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.?more than US$15 billion to date?was meant to support a security alliance with Islamabad?and move Pakistan toward greater prosperity and democratization.
Myanmar's ethnic diversity poses many challenges to its recent reform process and represents a fundamental challenge to peace, democracy, and economic progress. The issue of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is a litmus test for Aung San Suu Kyi's democratic attitudes. However, the recent appointment of a former head of military intelligence, Myint Swe, as the country's new first vice-president is a reminder to all that the military remains in control...