A major question emerging from the Gaza crisis is how the Egyptian president, Mohammad Morsi, will take advantage of the momentum generated by his perceived success to enhance his political leverage...and transform Egypt's perfunctory role of late in Middle East affairs...
Since 2008, piracy off the coast of Somalia has evolved into a lucrative transnational criminal enterprise that has threatened global trade along the world's second busiest shipping corridor. The rate of attacks by Somali pirates has plunged, with only seventy attacks reported in the first six months of 2012, down from 163 during the same period in 2011...and only 13 of those attacks were successful...
Taiwan and China have reached an uneasy truce in their bilateral political relationship, establishing political discourse and holding a series of negotiations.
Political unrest facing Kuwait will not reach the intensity of the uprisings that have toppled several Arab regimes since the beginning of 2011. The country has long had a powerful - and vocal - elected National Assembly, and the ruling Al-Sabah family is not viewed as an absolute dictatorship. Still, the political situation is likely to compel the Al-Sabah family to increasingly cede power...
The dramatic increase in violence between Gaza and Israel is happening at a time in which regional tensions are at their highest in years...and regional resilience against conflict is at its lowest...