Russian Geopolitics

The new relations between Moscow and Washington, Brussels, Beijing, Eastern Europe and the Middle East
Conclusions of the International Conference of Safe Democracy

By Carlos Taibo, rapporteur


…”Russia is not the power she once was, but no Eastern European country has risen to take her place. The country’s position should change in the future, however, as her geographical size, with such diverse areas as the European Union, Middle East, Central Asia, China, Japan and the north tip of America, as well as her vast deposits of natural resources suggest Russia can rise to be more than a mere regional power”.

Carlos Taibo, professor of Political Science at the Autonoma University of Madrid where he is reputed as one of the foremost experts on Russia and Eastern Europe.

Alberto Prigego Moreno, expert on issues of the Caucasus and central Asia and researcher in the Department of International Studies of the Computense University of Madrid.

Ricardo Angoso, journalist specializing in international affairs, and general coordinator of the NGO Dialogo Europeo in Madrid.

David Garc


“The Battle of Algiers”, Part Two

Military similarities between Iraq and Algeria

By Ricardo Israel Z. (for Safe Democracy)

Ricardo Israel Zipper compares the situation of the United States in Iraq with the experience of France in Algeria (1954-1962), and points out seven lessons that can be learned from the past and applied today in Iraq. Much more than the War in Vietnam, the French War in Algeria serves as a perfect example of both the military and political frustration that an invading force can suffer in a foreign country. In Israel Z‘s opinion, George W. Bush should heed the experience of France in Algeria to avoid making the same mistakes, which led to such tragic results in North Africa.


NATO and the Geopolitics of the Dinosaurs

The last survivor of the Cold War

By Augusto Zamora R. (for Safe Democracy)

Augusto Zamora R. says that even though no government will admit it, there are two things that continue maintaining the life of NATO: one, to serve the strategic interests of Washington in Europe, and two, to continue existing as the vehicle to combat the Russian enemy. In this context, the European Union presents a divide between the pro-European Europe and pro-NATO Europe. The Soviet Union disappeared as did the Warsaw Pact, thus it would be logical for NATO to do the same. But the opposite happened. The question is: What purpose can the Atlantic Organization have today?


Independence For Some

Kosovo and the politics of recognition

By Carlos Taibo (for Safe Democracy)

Carlos Taibo discusses the controversy surrounding the UN plan for Kosovo, and points out the arbitrary nature of the Western recognition of independent, self-determining states. Up until now, the criterion for Western recognition of the legitimacy of an independent State has been whether that region, before its independence, enjoyed self-determination under the political and legal framework of the original state to which it belonged. Kosovo presents an exception to the rule, which, in Taibo‘s opinion, means that the West must begin to reexamine its preconceptions about legitimate statehood.

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Isabel’s Rendezvous with the Past

Is delayed justice denied justice?

By Pedro G. Cavallero (for Safe Democracy)

Pedro Cavallero writes about the recent call by Argentine judges to extradite Isabel Per


Obscene Disparities

Social Responsibility and Ethics: The Antidote for Inequality

Posted by , 11th March 2007

Bernardo Kliksberg reflects on the obscenely unequal distribution of wealth in the global system. Calling upon the examples of Wesley Autrey and Los Hijos de Don Quijote, Kliksberg illustrates the need for socially responsible societies that look after those who cannot look after themselves. From the unethical role of agricultural subsidies, to the lack of access to clean drinking water, sanitary facilities, housing, health care, and employment, Kliksberg points out the gross inequalities in the world, the need to find solutions, and the role of social responsibility in reducing poverty.

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The Revitalization of Social Democracy in Scandinavia

Will women leaders cause a shift in the political agenda?

By Per Persson (for Safe Democracy)

Per Persson writes on the recent rise of women to the highest-ranking positions of government and business in Scandinavia. As women begin to assume lofty leadership roles, the question begs to be asked whether they will cause a shift in the political agenda to deal with issues of women and child rights, social inequality, and poverty, or whether they will perform in much the same way as their male counterparts. In Persson‘s opinion, Scandinavia‘s future is in the hands of its rising women.


A Cold Warrior Comeback

The election of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua

By Pedro G. Cavallero (for Safe Democracy)

Pedro G. Cavallero writes on the reelection of Daniel Ortega to the Presidency of Nicaragua after a sixteen year hiatus from politics. Once an ardent revolutionary following in the footsteps of Castro, Ortega claims to have cast aside his inflammatory rhetoric. And despite the presence of Hugo Chavez at the swear-in ceremony, and the protests of electoral opponent Montealegre that Ortega has not changed, in Cavallero‘s opinion, Ortega may be ready to finally give peace a chance. President Bush‘ congratulatory phone call immediately following Ortega‘s victory may be just one step in the right direction away from anti-Americanism, towards moderation, collaboration, and peace.


The Western Stand against Terror Propaganda

Countering extremist encroachments on universal rights

By Robert Wesley (for Safe Democracy)

Robert Wesley writes on the recent threats of violence from Muslim extremists reacting to Western statements and actions perceived as anti-Islam. After the Pope’s comments at Regensburg, and the publication of the Danish cartoons, a manipulative extremist propaganda network has emerged in full force to fuel extremist protests and cow the West into abandoning its core values. Wesley notes the need for a plan by Western leadership to combat the propaganda of Islamic militants, and protect the values of free speech and expression so essential to the functioning of a liberal democracy. In Wesley‘s opinion, backing down or apologizing when threatened will only reinforce the behaviour of Jihadist groups and bring them closer to their goals.