China's high-speed rail network, at 13,000 km (8,077 mi), is already the world's largest and is often viewed as a major undertaking in the country's bid to modernize. Under current proposals, nearly all cities with a population of more than 500,000 will have access to the national high-speed rail network by the end of 2015...
The unrest seen in Libya, Egypt, and a steadily increasing number of other regional counties is a product of several current trends, including widespread anti-American sentiment, a growing terrorism threat, and discord within nascent democratic countries as they attempt to reconcile modernization with Islamic values. These trends are likely to continue to shape the political and security environment across the Islamic world over the coming months...
International sanctions are placing virtually unprecedented pressure on Iran, presenting Tehran with an explicit choice between advancing its nuclear program or maintaining a viable national economy...
The end of joint training in Afghanistan has significance far beyond that conflict, in that it signals a possible end of modern war as it has been waged by democracies for a hundred years. Modern democracies and contemporary media have evolved — and have also combined — so that prolonged wars of choice that involve ground troops and/or partnering with indigenous forces to fight insurgencies, regardless of reason or provocation, are increasingly...
Business travel to South America is increasing as the region continues to prosper economically. But with consistently high levels of corruption, crime and a persistent threat from terrorism and civil unrest, it is important for businesses to have a robust security risk mitigation program in place...