Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.
At a fundamental level, Sweden and the U.S. share many similar values and views on a whole host of global issues, ranging from the need to support democracy and human rights, free trade and to the need to fight global climate change.
It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.
If it bleeds, it leads. That's the slogan in the newspaper business. War, crime, disaster: these are big sellers. But the spread of tolerance is, for the most part, not newsworthy.
It seems to me the military is existing in its own cocoon -- a dream world, preparing for a war that will be won in the air while we are still losing real wars fought on the ground.
The United States--retaining its mid-Pacific military outposts, such as Hawaii and Guam--could be more secure even if it gradually abrogated all of its formal and informal alliances in East Asia.
President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.
Notwithstanding the Nobel Peace Prize handed to President Barack Obama for not being George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, the posture emerging from the U.S. of late suggests the judgment in White House precincts is more the latter than the former.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia have challenged each other for greater influence across the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab Awakening began by placing bets on different horses.
From the massacre of all its defenders, "Remember the Alamo" became the call to victory. Executing all the defenders of Srebrenica and expelling all its Bosniak residents was the tactic that was intended to also wipe away all of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
With the clock ticking down on removing most combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014, there are no official negotiations going on between the United States and the Taliban, nor does there seem to be any strategy for how to bring them about.
For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.
Prime Minister, espousing competitiveness as your core issue represents the best opportunity to make the most of this year's G8 presidency -- and to make your mark in history, by setting the stage for the success of the West in the decades to come.
The current protests in Turkey may have a beneficial effect in diminishing the Islamic fervor of the Turkish government. But judging Turkey just on its recent history, the expectations for a more civilized Turkey may be premature.
LONDON--It was the first time young Turks would march on the streets of Istanbul, when it was still known as Constantinople. On a hot spring night 10...
For Turkey's hard-fought reputation as a moderate, regionally influential power, the unfolding drama risks undermining Turkey's stability and carefully constructed balance between modernism and Islam.