After years of stop-and-start progress, four issues of vital geopolitical importance ‑ the global economy, the future of NATO?s involvement in Afghanistan, the presidential election in Egypt, and negotiations on Iran?s nuclear program ‑ will reach a strategic inflection point over the span of six days in May...
Low-cost, easily accessible social media tools act as a force-multiplier by increasing the networking and organizing capabilities of a terrorist group. The ability to rapidly disseminate graphic images and ideas to shape the public narrative transforms social media into a strategic weapon in the hands of terrorists...
Iran has worked ceaselessly since 2003 to build ever stronger religious, political, and now military ties with Iraq in an attempt to blunt Western pressure against it.
U.S. State Department travel warnings do not begin to capture the drug cartel-generated violent reality occurring in Mexico. The anti-drug policies that began in 2006 have thus far been a dismal failure. Citizens blame corrupt politicians and government agencies, while politicians lay fault with the U.S. and its insatiable market for narcotics. The next Mexican president will face an uphill battle in managing, much less mitigating, the scope of violence plaguing the country...
Relations among the major political factions will continue to deteriorate throughout 2012, threatening Iraq's stability and the legacy of the U.S. mission. The infighting will prevent progress on key issues, such as the enactment of national laws regulating foreign investment in Iraq's energy sector...