The non-stop psychological warfare about Syria that is being waged through social media by both governments, non-state actors, and individuals will have both immediate and long-term effects on how governments and news outlets manage a crisis...
Warnings from senior U.S. generals that cyberattacks against critical infrastructure were on the rise and that a devastating attack could be imminent failed to spur the U.S. Congress into passing a comprehensive bill that would have improved the nation's cybersecurity posture...
Trade between China and Iran appears to be tangibly disconnected from the political pressure the U.S. is trying to bring to bear on importers of Iranian fuel. China was Iran's largest trade partner last year, and there are now reports that China is buying over half of Iran's oil exports...
Al-Qaeda central remains under constant pressure from drone strikes and counterterrorism operations. Meanwhile, its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has adopted a new strategy that aims to grow its network. While this strategy might ensure al-Qaeda's continued relevance, it risks diluting both its ideology and objectives...
The fragile stability the United States left in place in Iraq will continue to erode as Sunni insurgents challenge Baghdad's security and governing institutions. The Iraqi government will not collapse outright and economic growth in the capital and other major cities will endure, but the regime's writ in Sunni-inhabited areas will become increasingly limited...