Despite inflicting record casualties in 2012, the militant group is actually less capable than it used to be.
As Latin America becomes more important in economic terms to the United States, the United States becomes relatively less important to Latin America.
Israel will continue to rely on a foreign patron to mitigate threats posed by its neighbors.
The Syrian regime will fight for every inch, fully aware that its power depends on its ability to hold ground.
In the public life of a nation, leaders should be judged by what they accomplish for the greater good.
Cairo's direction could shape the balance of power in the Middle East for decades to come.
Extremist attacks may follow Europe's worsening political and economic situation.
Israel's strategic peril may have no solution, so it will need to deftly manage its partnership with Washington.