Iraqi security agencies must adjust to the Islamic State's new tactics of targeting civilian centers in major cities.
Although the Islamic State's territory is shrinking it will continue to pose a threat in the long term as its virtual presence has become as dangerous as the physical one.
Although not new, the threat of lone wolf terrorists is a growing phenomenon.
The conflict in Syria is a complex one with different world powers and the Syrian opposition playing different roles that have changed over time.
Throughout history there are a number of examples of siblings and friends operating together in armed groups.
Restoring effective policing in Arab states is crucial in order to rebuild social peace, resume economic development and growth, and reintegrate deeply divided political systems and broken state institutions.
The partial Russian military pull-out from Syria announced by President Vladimir Putin on March 14 continues to generate considerable commentary.
The Arab states in transition are confronted with a seemingly intractable task: rebuilding state institutions and social contracts in an era of global change. Conventional approaches to security sector reform that fail to grasp the dilemmas and challenges complicating this effort are certain to fail.
Security-sector reform in the Arab World cannot happen in isolation from the wider process of democratic transition and national reconciliation.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb remains a looming threat, with its proven adaptability and resilience, and its high capacity for destruction.