The China-Russia relationship - once dominant in policy discussions but now often overlooked - has been improving at a consistent but incremental pace over the last ten years...
The explosion and ensuing fire which destroyed an arms factory south of Khartoum last week - an attack Sudanese officials have blamed on Israel - underscored the increasingly significant and previously overlooked role Sudan has played in Iranian-backed efforts to smuggle weapons to Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip. Sudan has also become a key linchpin in Iran's overarching strategy in the geopolitically sensitive region stretching along the Red Sea and through the Horn of Africa.
The explosion and ensuing fire which destroyed an arms factory south of Khartoum last week - an attack Sudanese officials have blamed on Israel - underscored the increasingly significant and previously overlooked role Sudan has played in Iranian-backed efforts to smuggle weapons to Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip. Sudan has also become a key linchpin in Iran's overarching strategy in the geopolitically sensitive region stretching along the Red Sea and through the Horn of Africa...
Since its formation in the late 1980s, the Islamist movement widely known as Hamas has moved through a number of distinct phases. Like its philosophical parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is a rational movement and its tactics are informed by what its leadership perceives to be in its best interests.
Due to the influence of instant communications and globalization, crises such as the one in Syria are unlike regional conflicts in the last century. This presents policy makers, both government and corporate, with internal and external pressures that intensify and compound far more quickly than ever before...