Iran’s Balancing Act: Khamenei’s Strategic Thinking at a Critical Juncture

Full Story >Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, is in a precarious situation.

How Ansar al Islam Gains Popular Support in Burkina Faso

Full Story >The activities of Ansar al Islam, a Salafi-jihadi group in Burkina Faso, shows how permitting instability and conflict to fester for years—as in Mali—allows Salafi-jihadi groups to spread beyond the immediate conflict zone to infect neighboring states.

Chaos in Sudan and the rest of North Africa threatens all of us

Full Story >The popular unrest that dislodged Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is part of a wave of conflict engulfing northern Africa and posing grave risks to stability in the region and beyond.