China's dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal suggests that the Chinese government and military are becoming increasingly comfortable challenging U.S. regional allies as well as U.S. influence in the Pacific.
Computer control systems and Internet interfaces within a nation's critical infrastructure - the "nervous system" of a country's essential utility grid - create serious vulnerabilities to cyber attack, and recent events in the U.S. and elsewhere have dramatically illustrated these weaknesses...
France's new president, Francois Hollande, is faced with several issues on both the domestic and foreign fronts that will demand near-term action and will no doubt carry long-term consequences...
Despite tactical victories against the opposition in March, President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to militarily crush the more than one-year old revolt have largely failed, leaving him with rapidly diminishing options to stay in power indefinitely...
Sudan's many decades of civil war were supposed to end with South Sudan's declaration of independence in January 2011. But important transitional arrangements were neglected before the independence vote, and as a result, Juba and Khartoum are waging a belated and predictably violent effort to allocate oil revenues and territory. Both sides are treating the problem as a zero-sum game and only the determined efforts of the international community are preventing an all-out war...