Defense officials, military leaders, and security experts gathered in Bahrain over the weekend for the 2013 International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue to discuss security issues in the Gulf. The conference ran from December 6 to December 8, covering a range of regional issues including responses to the ongoing crisis in Syria and the […]

A roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week: Top Stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus: The fourth United States-Uzbekistan Annual Bilateral Consultations took place at the State Department this week, with Uzbekistan’s foreign minister and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in […]

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Africa over the last week: President Barack Obama returned to Washington D.C. on Wednesday after attending the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, where he delivered a eulogy for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and first black South African president. Media […]

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week: United States Policy: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spent six days this week in the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, assuring allies of the United States’ commitment to the region. […]

Recent remarks by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert confirm the planned expansions of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, the main operating base serving as a garrison for the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf. This decision to strengthen ties with Bahrain comes shortly after an announcement by the Bahrain Center for […]

Last week, in an interview with the Sudan Tribune, South Sudan’s Interior Minister Aleu Ayeny Aleu praised U.S. assistance to South Sudan, especially the training provided to the country’s security forces. Minister Aleu said this training has helped South Sudan “transform [the] security forces, particularly police and the [South Sudan army] (SPLA).” While a senior […]

Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Africa over the last week: Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner, anti-apartheid hero, and South Africa’s first black president passed away December 5th. His death stirred an outpouring of grief across Africa and the world.  South Africa President Jacob Zuma […]