The unprecedented number of simultaneous, yet unrelated crises in the Middle East is inexorably overtaxing the ability of regional heads of state to personally manage the array of peace efforts as they had in the past...
Efforts by the U.S. and NATO to design a long-term stabilization plan for Afghanistan continues to be undermined by Pakistan's unwillingness to open key supply routes that are essential to the expeditious withdrawal of personnel and materiel...
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...