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As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans.

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The public assassination of one of Moscow's leading critics, just feet from the walls of the Kremlin, is a blow to the liberal opposition but, paradoxically, also shows that there are still remnants of political pluralism.The killing of one of Moscow's leading critics is a blow to the liberals but, paradoxically, also shows that politics are still being contested behind the facade of mass consensus for the regime.

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GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all favor flat taxes, which have been criticized for putting a greater burden on middle-income people while cutting taxes for the rich. How have they played out in countries that adopted them?

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You'd think that Mikhail Gorbachev, having stood at several key historical junctions in the not-so-distant past, might have a few thoughts about his time in office and the turns of events that happened since -- and Soviet Russia's last leader does.

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