The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet was a revalidation of the country’s potential to build a democratic state. But it was striking that the committee did not honor an institution or individual committed to nuclear disarmament, as it has at every mid-decade year since 1975.
The sight of Syrian rebels blowing up Russian-made Syrian army tanks with advanced American missiles has brought a nominally covert CIA program into the spotlight. The program’s success suggests a few things about the state of Syria’s war and the actual impact of Russia’s intervention so far.
French-Saudi ties are at an all-time high, despite Paris’ condemnation of a death-penalty sentence for a 20-year-old protester. But as relations between Washington and Riyadh continue to fray, France is unlikely to supplant the U.S. as the Gulf nation’s most important Western partner.