The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement may be quickly headed for military defeat, but the group's destabilizing attacks on Somali citizens are far from over. The rivalries and grievances that motivated the al Shabaab insurgency in the first place remain, and without a plan for resolving Somalia's longstanding clan conflicts, the country?s prospects remain bleak...
The current and post-2014 counterterrorism strategy devised by NATO and the International Security Assistance Force hinges on the success of embedding Western military trainers with Afghan National Army units, a proposition that is becoming increasingly impractical - and dangerous - in the fractious country...
India's increasingly high geopolitical profile owes much to China, its sometime friend and rival. China's longer-standing and more rapid rise in power has made India an attractive prospective partner for any country seeking a hedge or counterbalance...
The banning of three of the leading candidates for the Egyptian presidency presents a counter-intuitive chance for clarity in who the military truly backs...
The nuclear talks on April 13-14 did not begin broaching core substantive issues, but Iran?s agreement to discuss in earnest its nuclear program was enough to justify starting a long process of negotiations with the six negotiating powers. The talks will likely require several rounds, over many months, to determine an outcome...