The Lord's Resistance Army's capability has been badly degraded by years of exile in the Central African jungle, and attempts to capture its leader, Joseph Kony, have been a low priority for regional governments. But the remaining 200-300 fighters continue to prey on civilians, including children, and have displaced almost half a million people in the region...
While Yemen has made progress in its recent political transition, the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, continues to add lingering friction by interfering with reforms through family and tribal connections...
Recent activity and allegations on the cyber front have led some to question whether or not the United States, China, Russia and possibly other nation-states are engaged in cyberwar. Confusion over terminology and ambiguity surrounding the types of events that take place - as well as the perpetrators - further muddy the waters...
The international community is reaching the limits of its current metaphor-based approach to ongoing regional and national problems. That approach seeks to find similar - albeit unfounded - causation to explain very different geopolitical challenges in, for example, Afghanistan and Yemen, or Syria and Libya...
Since the mid 1980s, China has embarked on a reassessment of its maritime interests and a transformation of its capabilities in the maritime arena. Beijing sees a more muscular blue-water capability to be an important tool to protect its expanding global economic interests, defend its regional territorial claims, and counteract the growing U.S. military presence in the Pacific...