The splintering of the Islamist vote between such a large number of candidates has the Egyptian military well-placed to ensure that, while there was a successful revolution, there will be no true regime change after the May elections.
At nuclear talks scheduled for April 13-14, Iran is unlikely to reach an agreement that limits its option to eventually develop a nuclear weapon, even if the result is further isolation and additional international sanctions...
The constant and rapidly changing political events in Egypt might possibly be masking a hint of future stability and continued military influence. Despite public antagonism, acceptance by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of the presidential candidate put forth by the Muslim Brotherhood may reflect either its hopes of dividing the Islamist vote or simply the fact that there is less disagreement between the two parties on how to rule after May than public discourse might suggest...
After the upheavals of 2011, notably the U.S. commando mission that killed bin Laden in Pakistan, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship will never be the same. The goal of a post-9/11 'strategic partnership' may have died with Richard Holbrooke in 2010...
The failure of the Malian government to put down a rebellion by Tuareg separatists in the northern part of the country along with complaints from soldiers that they were battling insurgents with inadequate weapons and supplies led to a March 22 uprising by low-ranking soldiers that toppled the democratically elected government. While the Malian military was distracted by the coup and subsequent cutoff of foreign military assistance, the rebels went on the offensive, capturing the three regional capitals in the north and effectively seizing control of half the West African country...