'Cela devrait permettre d'éviter le scénario noir de soldats afghans qui ne seraient pas payés et manqueraient de moyen pour financer leurs équipements,' estime Michael Keating.
Although he has almost disappeared from the Israeli consciousness, the legacy of Sharon, one of the most divisive political and military figures in Israel’s short history, has not vanished from the country’s public sphere, writes Yossi Mekelberg.
'Britain appears to be coming out of recession more quickly than the others, and there’s a fear of 'Oh, here we go again' – that as the rest of Europe remains in the doldrums, we’ll be the target of a heavy immigrant push,' said Robin Niblett.
'The new factor now is the Jamaat [Islami] and we are seeing a shift in the political landscape, the outcome of which is not quite clear at the moment. This is as much about a struggle for the identity of the state as about zero-sum politics,' said Farzana Shaikh.
'The spillover from Syria has galvanized Al-Qaeda and has allowed them free movement across the border from Syria to Iraq and from Iraq to Syria. That definitely has an effect in terms of Al-Qaeda's strength and ability to fight Iraqi government forces,' says Hayder al-Khoei.
'No military in the world can defeat Al-Qaeda in Iraq without getting the tribes on board. The Americans learned that the hard way,' said Hayder al-Khoei.
'If the election result is confirmed and if Mr Robinson, the opposition candidate, accepts the result eventually, that will be a huge step forward for Madagascar,' Paul Melly told Deutsche Welle's Africalink programme. (04:03)
According to Chatham House, neighboring Saudi Arabia could actually be consuming more oil than it exports in 15 years due largely to air conditioning.