All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Pakistan: Elections Won’t Change Status Quo; Media Darlings Unlikely to Generate Votes

Pakistan is preparing to hold general elections sometime in the next two months and even though the country’s relative importance has dimmed, its presence as a fulcrum on a number … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Iraq: Compliance with US Demand to Stop Allowing Iranian Support for Syria Unlikely

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki found himself in US Secretary of State John Kerry’s cross-hairslast week when the two leaders engaged in “spirited discussions” regarding Iran’s use of Iraqi airspace … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Iraq: Moving Forward Will Need International Guidance in Managing Influential Neighbors and Internal Pressures

Over the past few days, there have been a number of excellent articles and posts written on the reasons for and behind the US invasion of Iraq. While these have … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Pakistan: Iran’s Plan to Develop Gas Pipeline and Refinery Unlikely to Amount to Anything

Energy shortages are fast becoming the norm in most nations and nowhere is this truer than in Pakistan where energy demand far outpaces resources and supplies. These shortages hurt multiple … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: Refugees Wait for Support while Rebels Prepare to Receive Lethal Aid

The growing violence of Syria’s two-year old Arab Spring uprising has claimed 70,000 lives and made four million of the country’s 22 million residents refugees. While the international community argues … Continue reading

March 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Middle East: Musing on How Commonalities between Iran and Israel Provide Significant Opportunities for Both Countries and the World

The two primary reasons why other nations remain interested in stability in the Arabian Gulf are oil and natural gas. While the Gulf provides a host of opportunities for entrepreneurs … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Koreas: North and South Exchange Words; Likely Much Ado About Nothing

The increasing terse back and forth between North and South Korean leaders has raised alarms in the world’s diplomatic centers and press rooms. While there is always a slight chance … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 3 Comments