Ayatollah Khamenei has firmly rejected the prospect of direct US-Iran talks, but his remarks should be read in the context of Iran's fractured domestic politics. Iran's talks with the P5+1 must progress first.
There have been many reports circulating that Qatar is directly or indirectly supporting terrorist groups in Mali, having asserted its influence in the rest of North Africa. But there would be no logical reason for Qatar to be involved or gain in meddling in Mali's affairs.
The deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey in response to the ongoing Syrian civil war makes sense strategically and underscores NATO's relevance. However, they also hamper Turkey's role to seek accommodation with her neighbours.
The Netherlands will also pursue international solutions from the outset – more so than in the past... international co-operation is the only way to increase the low returns on the sum of European defence expenditure.
Post 9/11 NATO initiated a transformation process that would have profound consequences for its role as a collective defence organization, including its relations with the United Nations’ system of collective security.