Ethnic hostilities, Islamic insurgencies, nationalist rivalries, intraregional grievances, and spillover from Afghanistan threaten to reintroduce civil conflict and the possibility of regime change from below.
Beijing has quietly strengthened its position economically and diplomatically in Central Asia, perhaps the most pivotal geographic zone on the planet. This development has powerful implications for America and the world.
Should Assad fall, the ensuing chaos and difficulty will be immense, and calls will rise for U.S. humanitarian intervention. Ambitious initiatives likely will fail, but compelling arguments can be made for going in small.