As Suez cities burn, canal shipping sails on, for now | quotes Hayat Alvi
"The U.S. government does not have a long-term policy and strategy for U.S.-Egyptian relations," said Hayat Alvi, who specializes in the Middle East at the U.S. Naval War College. "But I don't doubt that the U.S. is pressuring Egypt into a hands-off policy on the Suez. It's too critical for commerce and military transport and mobility."
Scenarios for the Russian Federation | acknowledges Nikolas Gvosdev
World Economic Forum
More than 350 experts and decision-makers have been involved in this year’s scenario process, exploring global, regional and domestic developments that may fundamentally affect the Russian
economy in the coming decades. The outcomes of this process are summarized in this publication and aim to provide starting points for stakeholders to assess opportunities and challenges for policy and strategy options
The Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection | by Andrew Erickson
WSJ: China Realtime Report
Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically-produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in Sha’anxi province, remaining airborne for an hour , according to state-run media reports.
Don’t let prez throttle gas, oil revolution | by Mackubin Owens
The recent seizure of a natural gas complex at Ain Amenas in Algeria by Islamic militants associated with al-Qaeda — which left the terrorists dead along with a number of foreign hostages, including three Americans — serves as a microcosm of a larger issue: the vulnerability of the United States to events in the Middle East and Africa.
Obama Inaugural Leaves Every Option on the Table | by Nikolas Gvosdev
World Politics Review
It was odd to listen to foreign policy pundits comment on President Barack Obama's inaugural address. Some announced that the administration had all but conceded that Iran will obtain a nuclear capability, and that Israel is being left out to dry.
One-Eyed Terror Leader’s Government Connections | quotes John Schindler
The Daily Beast
“There have been persistent questions going back to the 1990s about the ultimate allegiance of many of the emirs of the Algerian jihad movement,” said John Schindler, a former National Security Agency (NSA) counterintelligence officer whose specialty is Algeria's jihadist insurgency. “Algerian defectors have named several emirs as [Algerian security] agents in the past including Belmokhtar.”
Algeria's Hidden Hand | by John Schindler
The National Interest
The Algerian regime recently celebrated fifty years of its rule after France granted the country independence, and le pouvoir shows no signs of joining the Arab Spring and allowing free and fair elections.