Hezbollah managed to turn the tables in favor of the Assad regime during the Syrian conflict with its outstanding proficiency in guerilla warfare. However, Hezbollah's involvement also carries poisonous repercussions, as the movement faces constant militant attacks across its network of strongholds, heavy casualties in Syria, and pointed criticism from its domestic constituency in Lebanon. The outcomes of the potential overthrow of Assad outweigh these destructive effects, and fuel the militia's motivation to fight on behalf of Syria and Iran.
As the Obama administration prepares to release a group of Yemeni nationals from the Guantanamo prison, a remote island in the Gulf of Aden may present a viable alternative to the much-maligned American detainment facility in Cuba.
Recent tension between the United States and Saudi Arabia goes beyond mere policy disagreements and reflects a difference in threat perception. To maintain close relations, the Saudis and the Americans must overcome their differences and build a common terrain from which they can assess regional threats.