The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
The memoir of an Al Qaeda double agent will be released this August and 'Captain Phillips' helmer Paul Greengrass could direct the film adaptation.
Despite official denials, European nations list hostage ransoms as 'development assistance.' In 2003 a hostage cost $200,000; today the figure reaches $10 million: New York Times investigation.
The TSA and the Homeland Security have asked international airports to step up security screenings of US-bound passengers to include testing their electronic gadgets.