The Mubarak verdict puts a spanner in the works in the onward march of the Arab Spring. The question probably on the lips of some Egyptians and foreigners as well, is whether Sisi's rule represents a facsimile of the despised Mubarak era?
After the genocide was over, I did not return to Rwanda for 18 years, but I have always kept an eye on what was happening from afar. Once you have been part of a seismic event in a country's history, you always feel connected.
If you're not terrified by the statistics of military error (and there are plenty of close encounters) you should be in awe of the fact that world leaders will spend $1 trillion in the next 10 years on nuclear weapons.
As the Obama administration prepares to shift responsibility for Afghanistan's security and governance to the Afghan people, it must keep in mind the security concerns of its reluctant ally in Islamabad.
Treaties are negotiated, sliced and diced, rehashed, renegotiated (with many interim iterations) and finally signed -- only to have all that progress hit a dead end when it comes to ratification and enforcement.
Word has just reached us that Robert Kagan -- one of the top tier serious intellectuals among neoconservatives, and currently Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -- is moving his franchise over to Brookings.
Why are TV political talk show hosts suddenly enamored of disastrous scenarios in Yemen, with war correspondents almost wishing worse would happen so they could be parachuted into another conflict zone?