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The Flip Side of US- Russia Relations
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Active ImageBiden’s visits to Tbilisi and Kiev should be considered within the framework of US – Russia relations in which Washington should create a balance between conflicting forces while pursuing a mixed policy of cooperation and rivalry with Moscow. Relations between Washington and Moscow are both moving ahead in direction of improvement, and are still riddled with many challenges.
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3 Missions, 4 Diplomats
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Active ImageUS Middle East envoy George Mitchell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, National Security Advisor James L. Jones and  Special Middle East White House Adviser Dennis Ross are among President Barack Obama’s men who have traveled to the Middle East and have been engaged in negotiations since July 26th one after the other.
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Iran’s Nuclear Dossier: Challenges Ahead
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Active ImageConcurrent with the holding of the G-8 Summit a number of issues attracted the attention of political observers. The first issue was Israel’s growing threats on possibility of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites; and the second issue was Washington’s green light to the Zionist regime that the US would not oppose any Israeli action against Iran’s nuclear program.
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Hilary Clinton and American Foreign Policy
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Active ImageOn the whole, Hilary Clinton, as US Secretary of State, is now in a new position and has presented a clear framework for the US foreign policy in her July 15 address. The question, however, is will the Obama Administration be able to manage major international challenges by relying on his experienced foreign policy team?
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Israel’s New Settlements: The Story of a Critical Issue
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Active ImageBuilding Jewish settlements is of high importance both for the Israelis and Palestinians because it has long-term consequences. Experience has shown that if the Israelis or the Palestinians built settlement it would be very difficult to destroy them later or to banish their settlers. Therefore, building settlements means stabilization of Israel and, therefore, the Palestinians have been always concerned about the Jewish elements because they maintain that those areas would be practically occupied by Israel.
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The Tiresome War in Afghanistan
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Active ImageIn an unprecedented admission, the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has revealed facts about the war of attrition which is going on in Afghanistan. He has clearly announced that the Americans are fed-up with the war in Afghanistan! Gates has noted that if the Afghans did not consider the United States their partner, it would be a cause of concern.
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Legitimacy Hinges on Compliance with Religion and Popularity
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Active ImageLegitimacy is sometimes used with a wrong meaning. Legitimacy is the same as legality, but does not necessarily mean compliance with religious norms. Legitimacy – meaning legality – of a political system hinges on both compliance with religious norms and popularity. Therefore, compliance with religion is not opposed to popularity, but is parallel to it.
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Non-Aligned Movement Looking for Identity
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Active ImageThe Non-Aligned Movement is only a club of mostly poor countries grappling with domestic and regional crises and enjoying fragile relations with one another without having enough power to ensure implementation and follow-up of their decisions. They have a long way to go before achieving their early goals as defined in Bandung in 1955 and later in Belgrade in 1961, let alone playing a new role in the modern world.
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Non-Aligned Movement and Age of No Polarity
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Active ImageAfter the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, the bipolar system paved the way for the emergence of a unipolar system led by the United States. Now, the power is distributed and there are questions about emergence of a new system without power polarization. At present, the Non-Aligned Movement should try to pay more attention to economic and political problems of the world and get ready to play a more effective role in various crises.
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A Political Ceremony
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Active ImageThe US government is pursuing its plan to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, especially Poland and the Czech Republic and this has been faced with severe opposition from Russia. Despite extreme optimism toward US among Russian officials in the early years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, pessimism has been on the rise during the past half a decade.
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