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...
The continued instability across the Middle East and Africa will force U.S. corporations to develop new and untested points of contacts, access agents, and service providers in these emerging markets, placing the corporations at increased risk of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations...
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...