Bin Laden's successor steered the organization through a tumultuous decade and left it stagnated, but the next leader will have new opportunities for growth.
The improvised firearm used to kill the former Japanese prime minister highlights a sinister reality for law enforcement everywhere.
The presence of international terrorist groups may grow in the months and years ahead, but there are steps the United States can take to mitigate the risks.
The arrangement can be tense and transactional, but has provided benefits for both sides.
The United States will need to learn how to work with and around the influence of other powerful states.
The two countries are reportedly concluding a new partnership agreement, but cooperation between Tehran and Beijing will face obstacles.