The nuclear talks between Iran and the six power negotiating group on May 23 are unlikely to produce an agreement either in principle or practice that will definitively outline a settlement to the Iran nuclear issue. However, there will likely be enough progress to justify further talks, possibly by lower-level working groups at an accelerated pace...
Yemen's counterterrorism problems will be exacerbated by its water shortage, leaving an expanding portion of the population vulnerable and desperate...and therefore susceptible to radicalization by groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula...
China's dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal suggests that the Chinese government and military are becoming increasingly comfortable challenging U.S. regional allies as well as U.S. influence in the Pacific.
Computer control systems and Internet interfaces within a nation's critical infrastructure - the "nervous system" of a country's essential utility grid - create serious vulnerabilities to cyber attack, and recent events in the U.S. and elsewhere have dramatically illustrated these weaknesses...
France's new president, Francois Hollande, is faced with several issues on both the domestic and foreign fronts that will demand near-term action and will no doubt carry long-term consequences...