The U.S. relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai have hit a new low after reports emerged that Karzai was secretly negotiating with the Taliban.
Judging by recent statements and actions, President Barack Obama might be concerned by the unparalleled proliferation of al-Qaeda. However, he is hardly alarmed that it has become a rallying cry for Jihadi movements, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean affiliates, controlling larger territories, with more fighters and with greater appeal.
Whether the most recent work of Martin Scorsese is a brilliant work of satire or it is just glorification of casino-capitalism, one thing is beyond doubt: It's about the deepest human drives and desires.
Mounting number of Western pundits from the left and the right are advocating US cooperation with the (Shia) leadership in Iran and Iraq in the war against (Sunni) terrorism. This will prove counterproductive and will no doubt lead to region-wide sectarian conflict.
The memoir, at times, sounds contradictory, praising Obama for his integrity and blasting him for his perceived failures.
The U.S. will not be weak in the coming decade, but its dominance will slowly recede, and the ideology of American globalization will slowly evaporate.