Croatia will likely be the last country to join the bloc for several years.
Admitting more observer countries will raise the council's profile but will not necessarily facilitate policy decisions.
Beijing faces an employment dilemma as it rebalances its economy.
The money offers Bamako a powerful tool for winning over northern Malians.
Though the U.S. and Russian media have depicted the recent case as bizarre, it is actually not especially unusual for espionage in the post-Cold War era.
Military reinforcements will do little to deter the Islamist militant group without support from northern Nigerians.
Moscow and Hanoi have several mutual interests that contribute to their strengthening relationship.
This map shows the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups.