The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is unlikely to be in power at the end of 2012. Defections and rebel action have begun to erode the inner core of leadership and to neutralize the Syrian military's main advantage - control over heavy weapons...
The conflict in Syria is reshaping long-held assumptions about proxy warfare and the emergence of second and third order proxies. Ironically, this new paradigm has left the major regional and international powers with less control over events in Syria - and elsewhere - in spite of increased involvement...
The Arab Spring has brought Islamist parties to power in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But there is continued suspicion from both domestic and international critics over Islamic parties' long-term ambitions...
India's government and people are acutely attuned to the country's reputation on the world stage, not least in comparison to their Chinese neighbors. As such, Indians suffered major embarrassment this summer when their country was the site of the world's largest-ever blackout, a two-day loss of electricity that affected 700 million people...
Zimbabwe's Government of National Unity (GNU) was created in the violent aftermath of the 2008 elections, and it yoked president-for-life Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai into an unwanted power-sharing arrangement that seemed doomed to fail. The GNU has indeed been gridlocked for much of the past three years, but it has also scored under appreciated victories on both the political and economic fronts...