The failure of the Malian government to put down a rebellion by Tuareg separatists in the northern part of the country along with complaints from soldiers that they were battling insurgents with inadequate weapons and supplies led to a March 22 uprising by low-ranking soldiers that toppled the democratically elected government. While the Malian military was distracted by the coup and subsequent cutoff of foreign military assistance, the rebels went on the offensive, capturing the three regional capitals in the north and effectively seizing control of half the West African country...
King Abdullah II is confronted by an unprecedented combination of internal pressures and regional challenges that could threaten the stability of his rule if not strategically addressed...
President Obama's March 30 determination that Iran?s oil customers must choose between buying Iranian oil or doing business in the United States will result in a dramatic downturn in the Iranian economy...
The countries of the Horn of Africa are facing crisis conditions brought about by the worst drought conditions in more than a generation. Hundreds of thousands of the region's inhabitants face life-threatening food and water shortages, and many more are being forced to relocate. It is possible that lower than average rainfall could lead to the third crop failure in as many years...
The most serious threat facing Kenya continues to be the violent extremism of the Somalia-based Al-Shabab. The porous Somali-Kenyan border and the massive flow of Somali refugees into Kenya have enabled Al-Shabaab to expand its presence there. The extent of the Somali refugee flow into Kenya is exemplified by the Dadaab refugee camp. Home to almost half a million refugees, its population would rank it as the third largest city in Kenya...