The situation in Egypt has grown even more chaotic than expected based on original - and even recent - predictions by analysts, leaving governments and businesses in the region and across the globe with difficult decisions regarding engagement with, and investment in, the country.
Boko Haram's communiques show the group has adopted an increasingly Salafist-Jihadist ideology and extended its objectives to include overthrowing the Nigerian government. Support from other terrorist groups, particularly al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, appears to have boosted Boko Haram's capabilities...
The death of the Saudi heir apparent, Prince Nayef, will not spark a succession crisis, but domestic challenges facing the Kingdom over broader issues of reform will continue to mount in coming months...and years...
The new U.S. strategy of rebalancing its military forces and policies to emphasize Asia has drawn fairly muted reaction from Chinese government officials. This reinforces that Beijing at least publicly is conveying its acceptance of U.S. reassurances about the move and wishes to downplay the significance of the new strategy to keep from disrupting U.S.-China relations...
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...