Several global and regional trends are contributing to increased instability in the Middle East. This report explores what’s driving the conflict and where the next fault lines will emerge.
A lull in fighting between Islamic State and Peshmerga forces came to an abrupt end last week with a sweeping advance that left some worried the Kurdish lines wouldn’t hold. Now the question is: Will Erbil be next to fall?
Rio’s pacification program has reduced crime and violence in recent years, but it will need to reform in order to address some of the city’s more protracted security problems.
Given the increasing popularity of Alvaro Uribe and his right-wing brand of politics within most parties and key industrial sectors, President Santos will face stiff opposition over the next four years.
If you asked a State Department employee what their worst-case scenario for the Middle East was five years ago, the response might have described what is currently unfolding across the region.
Years of rhetoric has finally entered the realm of substance, as the BRICS have officially signed off on a plan to create rival institutions to the IMF and World Bank.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan may have faded into the background over the past decade, but two high-profile airport attacks in Pakistan suggest that the militant group has returned as a threat.
Last week’s ISIS-led offensive suggests that Washington’s worst-case scenario is about to unfold in Iraq.
The economic potential of the Arctic has helped keep relations between Arctic Council members cordial since 1991. But does Canada’s recent snub at a council meeting in Moscow mean that things are about to change?
China’s rare earth mineral quota and Indonesia’s metal export ban are both proving a headache for importers in the developed world.