1. Mere Thousands of Troops Could Be Left Behind in Afghanistan

    A report suggests the Obama Administration is thinking about deploying fewer than ten thousand troops to Afghanistan next year.

    With Afghan election workers continuing to count the ballots of the country's most important presidential election since 2001, the Obama Administration is once again reopening the debate about how many…
  1. French Budget, Growth Targets Seem Overly Optimistic

    France is counting on unspecified budget cuts and high economic growth forecasts to balance its budget.

    France announced €50 billion in savings on Wednesday as part of a budget that is supposed to significantly reduce the share of government spending in continental Europe's second largest economy. But its performance in recent years,…
  1. Israel Sees Obama’s Crimea Response as Sign of Weakness

    Especially on the Israeli right, America’s inability to stop Russia from annexing the Crimea is seen as an ominous sign.

    A cursory overview of the opinions expressed in Israel media and official circles about Russia's annexation of the Crimea reveals a sentiment that has begun to develop deep roots…
  1. Federalization is Russian Design to Weaken Ukraine, Not Save It

    Russia’s solution for the crisis in Ukraine would only destabilize the country further and prevent it from deepening ties with the West.

    Russia's proposal to federalize Ukraine can hardly be seen as a sincere attempt to solve the crisis in that country. If implemented, such a scheme would almost certainly expand Russian influence into its former satellite state…
  1. Drug Arrests Shine Light on Peruvian Terror Group’s Endurance

    The involvement of Maoist insurgents in Peru’s drug trade evokes memories of the country’s long counterinsurgency.

    "War on terror" has been a convenient turn of phrase for some opportunistic politicians since the turn of the century. However, the news last week that twenty four Shining Path members were seized in…
  1. Algeria’s Aging Leader Bouteflika Expected to Win Reelection

    While the elections are mostly a ceremonial affair, it is quite likely that a majority of Algerians wants Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stay.

    Algeria's septuagenarian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win an election on Thursday that would allow him to start a fifth presidential term. While elections in the North African country are more a…
  1. Saudi Spy Chief, Architect of Kingdom’s Syria Policy, Replaced

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan is removed from his post as Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief just two years after he was appointed.

    Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. According to the Saudi Press Agency, Bandar, who was appointed in 2012 mainly to oversee the kingdom's…
  1. Abdullah, Ghani Likely to Square Off in Second Afghan Vote

    Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani look likely to enter a second round of voting in what has so far been a largely peaceful election.

    Nearly two weeks after more than seven million Afghans ventured to the polls to participate in the country's presidential election, the Afghan…