The countries of the Caucasus Mountains, where Prometheus was chained to a rock, have been easy to overlook on the geostrategic chessboard. Now their position as bridge between empires is buttressed by natural resources.
Long at the margins of the Middle East geostrategic map, Yemen has often been ignored. But the fact that it is becoming a terrorist haven overlooking a crucial shipping lane makes its descent into chaos worrisome.
The Arab Spring is creating a new balance of power in the Middle East and North Africa. Some major players are concentrating on damage control, while others see the strife as a chance to improve their positions.