Bob's Blog: Turbulent Times

(CBS News) -- WASHINGTON -- Although President Obama spoke at his State of the Union address about bringing the troops home, the War on Terror is definitely not over. The situation in the Middle East is as bad as it has been in a while.

The government in Yemen, a crucial U.S. ally, has collapsed. That will have an impact on the war against the al-Qaeda affiliate there, the same group that claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Next door in Saudi Arabia, they are grieving the death of King Abdullah. His half-brother Salman has taken over and pledged stability, but he is 80 years old himself and there are questions about his health.

To make sense of it all, we'll talk to some of the top foreign policy lawmakers in Washington.

First, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough will give the president's perspective on these issues. What happens now with the fight against al-Qaeda? How do we counter Iran's influence in the region? And what about the U.S. relationship with Israel, which went through another round of negative headlines this week.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will also be on the show this Sunday. With the new Republican majority in the Senate, he is the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. We'll talk about the U.S. outlook for Yemen, President Obama's shifting strategy in Syria and much more.

We'll also hear from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. We'll ask her what we should do about the conflicts going on around the world.

As always, we'll be joined by an all-star panel of journalists to break it all down. Beyond the foreign policy issues, Republican presidential hopefuls have a busy weekend ahead working for early support in key states like Iowa--and among big Republican donors. For insight and analysis, we'll turn to Susan Page of USA Today, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, Michael Crowley of Politico, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.

Finally, we'll talk about "deflategate," which is arguably the biggest controversy in the country this week. Are the New England Patriots guilty of cheating? What should the NFL do now? And how does this all affect the Super Bowl? We'll try to get to the bottom of things with Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

We hope you'll tune in on Sunday! Check your local listings.