As the Emirati ambassador to the United States recently demonstrated, the United Arab Emirates can't even pay lip service to the notion of secularism without jeopardizing its legitimacy back home.
In an interview with Stratfor contributor Linas Jegelevicius, Lithuania's defense minister warns that the approaching Zapad military exercises may not be as innocuous as they seem.
Lackluster participation in the bidding for the rights to the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games underscores the fact that, from a financial perspective, mega sporting events rarely work out well for the metropolises in which they're held.
Muqtada al-Sadr has long been something of an enigma. Given his unparalleled capacity to mobilize the masses, his father's legacy and growing discontent in Iraq, the firebrand Shiite leader may indeed be the best hope his country has of reducing Iran's influence in Iraq and enhancing government accountability in Baghdad. But he will certainly encounter challenges along the way.
On Aug. 21, millions of Americans will migrate to towns along the path of The Great American Eclipse, which will stretch over 12 states. The event is already being called the greatest temporary mass migration to see a natural event in U.S. history, and businesses are cashing in on the pent-up enthusiasm for the extremely rare celestial event.
More than a billion people celebrate Aug. 15 as India's Independence Day, but the irrational circumstances of the subcontinent's partition continue to cast a shadow 70 years later. And many wonder if the specter of communalism will haunt the region forever.
Economic relations within the Gulf Cooperation Council continue to suffer the effects of the current crisis surrounding Qatar. But there are long-standing barriers to trade and investment flows that deserve consideration, too. Since the inception of the GCC, deep tensions have arisen within the bloc on ceding sovereignty and facilitating the free movement of people, finance and ideas.