The British Army pushed Prime Minister Tony Blair to include more ground troops in the 2003 invasion of Iraq against the advice of his officials, according to a study of the relationship between politicians and the military.
The typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has energized debate about whether rich nations should compensate poor ones for climate-related losses, a proposal the U.S. and European Union are resisting.
Qatar hired local and international consultants, including experts from Texas A&M University, to draft food-supply contingency plans in the event of a crisis, such as a disruption to regional trade routes.
Mozambican army clashes with former rebels may disrupt coal shipments and public transportation without heralding a return to civil war, said analysts such as Alex Vine, head of the African program at Chatham House.
Rigid rules and internationally negotiated emissions targets may hinder efforts to draft a new climate treaty by 2015, the lead U.S. envoy said, calling for a more flexible approach for nations to set individual goals.