After overthrowing the autocratic regime of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, the National Transition Council announced that the country had finally been liberated. But political infighting, increasing nationwide violence, calls for regional autonomy, and confusion leading up to the June elections have left the country struggling for viability...
Iran's assistance to Venezuela in building unmanned aerial vehicles and the possibility of future Iranian naval visits to the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the U.S. are likely to add increased uncertainty to an already unsettled world oil market. Recent increases in oil prices have provided a windfall that Chávez has been quick to use in expanding social programs, buttressing his relationship with Iran, and building ties with neighboring states. As Iran and Venezuela continue their attempts to exert increasing influence in Latin America, the geopolitical relationship between the two nations is likely to grow stronger...
The withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force will leave a power vacuum that the Afghan political actors and insurgents will try to capitalize upon. The struggle over the distribution of political power in Afghanistan in the form of presidential elections coincides with NATO combat troops' withdrawal; the outcome of the untested transfer-of-power mechanism is going to shape America's legacy in the country after a decade of involvement...
The rising price of electricity in Jordan could spur unrest just as the rising price of bread did in Egypt in 2011, tipping a manageable reform process into revolution if not addressed as part of wholesale reform...
China's expanding economic interests and activities in countries across the globe are becoming increasingly incompatible with its official policy of remaining politically uninvolved in other countries' internal affairs...