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Nov 12, 2012

Analysis: Election over, U.S. cautiously mulls Syria options

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the U.S. election over and Syria’s civil war growing bloodier and spreading, the Obama administration is quietly re-examining its options for involvement in the conflict.

Whether that will lead to a change in strategy remains unclear. President Barack Obama and his advisers are extremely cautious, current and former officials involved in discussions say.

Nov 6, 2012

From Sudan to cyber, secret war with Iran hots up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems heating up and spreading.

Despite months of speculation, most experts and governments believe the risk of a direct Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear program stirring regional conflict has eased, at least for now. But all sides, it seems, are finding other ways to fight.

Oct 24, 2012

Cyberspace the new frontier in Iran’s war with foes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two years after the Stuxnet computer worm attacked its nuclear program, Iran is increasingly turning to cyber warfare itself in a growing, stealthy confrontation with its enemies.

While the immediate threat of an Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities has eased for now, Tehran’s rulers are under increasing pressure from crippling sanctions, a collapsing currency and rising popular discontent.

Oct 21, 2012

As Iraq, Afghan wars end, private security firms adapt

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – On a rooftop terrace blocks
from the White House, a collection of former soldiers and
intelligence officers, executives and contractors drink to the
international private security industry.

The past decade – particularly the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan – provided rich pickings for firms providing private
armed guards, drivers and other services that would once have
been performed by uniformed soldiers.

Oct 13, 2012

Firms, policymakers struggle as West’s defense binge ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether or not America’s politicians can find a way to sidestep the brutal automatic military cuts of sequestration, the era of rising Western spending on weapons and wars is over.

That reality increasingly is challenging major arms manufacturers, spurring them to look for new markets, cost cuts and mergers. It is also confronting policymakers with difficult political and strategic choices as new rivals, particularly China, spend more on their armed forces.

Oct 1, 2012

Geopolitics, resources put maritime disputes back on map

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Small and occupied largely by seabirds, goats and a unique indigenous species of mole, the islands named Senaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China have long been largely ignored.

But as rising powers face off against each other in a battle not just for influence but also vital resources, such disputed islets, reefs, and areas of seabed are swiftly growing in importance; and not just in Asia.

Sep 17, 2012

Weeks before U.S. election, Mideast gives Obama perfect storm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An eruption of violent unrest across the Middle East is confronting President Barack Obama with the most serious challenge yet to his efforts to keep the Arab Spring from morphing into a new wave of anti-Americanism – and he has few good options to prevent it.

Less than two months before the U.S. presidential election, a spate of attacks on embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen poses a huge dilemma for a U.S. leader who took office promising a “new beginning” with the Muslim world but has struggled to manage the transformation that has swept away many of the region’s long-ruling dictators.

Sep 17, 2012

West’s rebel worries leave Syria strategy struggling

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France may be considering
arming Syria’s rebels but the U.S. and other Western powers have
yet to find opposition figures they genuinely trust as they
worry over growing jihadi and sectarian forces.

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya’s Benghazi that
killed its ambassador and anti-American demonstrations elsewhere
this week over an obscure video that ridiculed the Prophet
Mohammad mi ght have no Syria links but will make nervous
governments even more cautious.

Sep 13, 2012

Analysis: Weeks before U.S. election, Mideast gives Obama perfect storm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An eruption of violent unrest across the Middle East is confronting President Barack Obama with the most serious challenge yet to his efforts to keep the Arab Spring from morphing into a new wave of anti-Americanism – and he has few good options to prevent it.

Less than two months before the U.S. presidential election, a spate of attacks on embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen poses a huge dilemma for a U.S. leader who took office promising a “new beginning” with the Muslim world but has struggled to manage the transformation that has swept away many of the region’s long-ruling dictators.

Jul 27, 2012

Kurdish worries drag Turkey deeper into Syria war

LONDON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – - Turkey may be some way from acting on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to strike Kurdish separatists in Syria, but week by week it finds itself sucked ever further into its neighbor’s worsening war.

The shooting down of a Turkish reconnaissance jet last month was seen by many as a turning point, prompting Ankara to join Saudi Arabia at Qatar in semi-covert support for the Free Syrian Army fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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