Written by Seth G. Jones, Foreign Affairs
More than five years after the Arab Springbegan, the euphoria that accompanied the region’s early uprisings has been replaced by a dogged realism. From the indignant graffiti scrawled on walls across Tunis to the war-torn neighborhoods of Damascus and Tripoli, the region and the world’s hopes of establishing peace and democracy have largely faded. Take Tunisia, where the street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on... ...
Written by Mustafa Akyol, The Daily News
The suicide bombing of last Sunday not only killed 35 innocent souls in the middle of Turkey’s capital. It also highlighted the depth of the crisis that Turkey has been drawn into in the past three years – a crisis that is getting worse and worse, thanks to the vicious cycle between similarly zealous political actors... ...
Written by JPOST EDITORIAL, Jerusalem Post
The entire world is being held hostage to violence by a lunatic organization intent upon world domination.
The latest atrocity by the world’s leading Islamist terrorist group, Islamic State, is certainly not going to be among the last, unless an emergency international effort is mounted to meet its threat... ...
Written by BDJ Desk
Cuba returned to the United States an inert Hellfire missile that had been wrongly shipped to Havana in June 2014.
The missile, which did not contain explosives, had been shipped to Spain for a Nato training exercise, the Wall Street Journal said... ...
Written by Vladimir Astapkovich, Sputnik
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On February 2, the aircraft manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, delivered the final batch of 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters to India under previously concluded contracts.
The Indian ambassador added that he does not see any major problems in reaching the agreement on the deal... ...
Written by Catherine Putz, The Diplomat
Wednesday, Afghanistan accepted a gift of 10,000 AK-47s and millions of rounds of ammunition from Russia. In recent months there has been much discussion about increased Russian engagement with Afghanistan, although Moscow’s cooperation with Washington’s initiatives–such as peace talks with the Taliban–remains seemingly out of the question... ...
Written by Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations
In its own “pivot” of sorts, China looks set to pursue broader ties in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016, advancing initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and ramping up maritime and land trade corridors. Seven experts assess the challenges and opportunities in China’s relations with Southeast Asia, Japan, Central Asia, South Asia, the Korean Peninsula, and Australia in the next year.
Written by Samuel Rines, The National Interest
While markets are having a shaky start to 2016, the chatter of commentators proclaiming the ‘new normal’ at which the global economy has supposedly arrived has been steady. It is true that the economic framework for the United States, and the trajectory of the global economy, is different than that experienced over the past few decades, but it is also far too soon to form a complete picture of what that ‘new normal’ looks like... ...
Written by James Morgan, BBC News
The most feared bomber plane of the 20th Century is still going strong after 60 years in service in the US military - from Vietnam to Afghanistan. And she will keep on flying until 2044. How does this 1950s behemoth survive in the era of drones and stealth aircraft? ... ...
Written by Ken Gude, Center For American Progress
The incredible barbarism perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, too often dissuades those in the West from any meaningful assessment of the group’s strategy and tactics. From beheading or burning alive captives to slaughtering entire minority populations and gunning down innocent civilians in previously quiet streets, the violence is incomprehensible and thus can appear devoid of reason or planning. That is far from the truth... ...