A retired top general's acceptance of the opposition leader's presidency could pave the way for more officers to renounce the sitting government.
Countries like the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau enjoy a close treaty relationship with the United States, but the strategically located states are now on China's radar too.
Even if the U.S.-backed effort on Feb. 23 to send humanitarian goods across the border into Venezuela fails, it will draw a hotter media spotlight to the country's political crisis.
This map shows the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups.
U.S. and EU lawmakers have pledged new sanctions against Moscow on a number of issues. That doesn't bode well for Russia-West relations in the year to come.
But no matter who wins the next election, Israel will no longer be able to rely on many of its tried-and-true methods of navigating regional threats, such as unquestioning U.S. support.