The illicit small arms trade continues to generate serious consequences for security, human rights and both social and economic development, particularly in areas of conflict. Conflicts fueled by imported weapons have been estimated to cost Africa alone at least US $18 billion a year...
The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad is unlikely to be in power at the end of 2012. Defections and rebel action have begun to erode the inner core of leadership and to neutralize the Syrian military's main advantage - control over heavy weapons...
The conflict in Syria is reshaping long-held assumptions about proxy warfare and the emergence of second and third order proxies. Ironically, this new paradigm has left the major regional and international powers with less control over events in Syria - and elsewhere - in spite of increased involvement...
The Arab Spring has brought Islamist parties to power in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But there is continued suspicion from both domestic and international critics over Islamic parties' long-term ambitions...
India's government and people are acutely attuned to the country's reputation on the world stage, not least in comparison to their Chinese neighbors. As such, Indians suffered major embarrassment this summer when their country was the site of the world's largest-ever blackout, a two-day loss of electricity that affected 700 million people...