Ali Soufan presents his new book "Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda" with WAC-DC members and guests. Mr. Soufan provides an in-depth narrative on the successes and failures of the United States before and after 9/11 in their attempts against al-Qaeda...
Iran has worked ceaselessly since 2003 to build ever stronger religious, political, and now military ties with Iraq in an attempt to blunt Western pressure against it.
U.S. State Department travel warnings do not begin to capture the drug cartel-generated violent reality occurring in Mexico. The anti-drug policies that began in 2006 have thus far been a dismal failure. Citizens blame corrupt politicians and government agencies, while politicians lay fault with the U.S. and its insatiable market for narcotics. The next Mexican president will face an uphill battle in managing, much less mitigating, the scope of violence plaguing the country...
"What motivates someone to speak out against injustice in the government or private sector? Without whistleblowers, we might never have known about abuses on Wall Street or the use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects. But the decision to speak out often involves conflicting loyalties and harsh consequences...
Relations among the major political factions will continue to deteriorate throughout 2012, threatening Iraq's stability and the legacy of the U.S. mission. The infighting will prevent progress on key issues, such as the enactment of national laws regulating foreign investment in Iraq's energy sector...