The Internet and social media empower individuals and small groups with an unprecedented ability to influence the behavior of states. The hacker collective known as Anonymous is a prime example as it leverages cyberspace to wage asymmetric war against a host of selected adversaries that include individuals, corporations, and nations...
The relative slowing of the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - has the unexpected potential to impact both the willingness and ability of the international community to militarily intervene in regional crises that threaten wider instability...
The disgrace this spring of senior leader Bo Xilai, thought to be a contender for the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, has derailed the Party's efforts to portray the first part of its upcoming leadership transition, scheduled for the Fall of 2012, as a routine and uneventful...
Despite tentative progress, the crisis in Mali - one that began with the March 22 coup by low-ranking soldiers angered by the lack of government support for the battle against Tuareg insurgents in the north - continues unabated. The interim president was flown to France for medical treatment after he was attacked by a pro-putsch mob just hours after mediators thought they had reached an accord with the junta on a transition back to democratic rule...
Kim Jung-un's assumption of power in North Korea happened more quickly - and with less contention - than many observers expected. But the change in personalities does not portend a change in policies. And the diverging interests of the Six-Party member states similarly does not bode well for substantive progress on reigning in North Korea's nuclear weapons program...