Russia: the bear wakes up

How to achieve a stable relationship between the West and Moscow

Posted by , 18th September 2008

rusiamedput.jpgA giant like Russia cannot be threatened with retaliation by its Western neighbors, above all because the energy that makes the European countries run comes in a large part from Gazprom, the most important oil company in the world. The author says that by merely understanding Moscow’s historic need to have a safety line, a stable relationship between the Russian bear and its Western neighbors can be achieved.


Nostalgia for Russia

The giant steps out from the shadows in order to defend its damaged pride

Posted by , 18th September 2008

nostalgiaderusia.jpgRussia attempts to come back to life by playing with the strength of its two geo-strategical instruments: oil and natural gas.


Moscow, being called into question

The international consequences of the Russian invasion of Georgia

Posted by , 18th September 2008

sarkomedvedev.jpgFind out why the crisis in South Ossetia has constituted a tough international setback for Russia and the Slavophile and pro-Oriental positions that the new president Medvedev and his prime minister Putin defend. However, should Europe expect some type retaliation by Moscow in terms of energy?


Pervez Musharraf’s Legacy

Nine Years of Failure

Posted by , 4th September 2008

musharrafseva.jpgNow that Pervez Musharraf has finally resigned as Pakistan’s president, the author analyzes his legacy, and attempts to pick apart the unstable coalition currently ruling Pakistan. Read on to discover why the Pakistani people gradually turned against a man they initially trusted, and why a poor civilian government is always better than a poor military one.


Russia and the Unknown Dmitri Medvedev

Continuity with Vladimir Putin?

Posted by , 29th May 2008


The claims that Russia will see political continuity seem to be backed by the fact that, with everything having gone reasonably well in recent years, it seems there is little to demand modification of Putin’s official policies. However, the vital need to confront unresolved problems could provoke Medvedev to step forward and assume a protagonism not foreseen by analysts.


Islamabad’s Next Steps

The Challenges Facing the PPP-PMLN Must Now Be Confronted

Posted by , 30th April 2008


As Pakistan makes the transition from military rule to civilian rule, the newly elected coalition government finds itself with a full range of necessary reforms, from new economic policies to various changes in the legislative body and the constitution itself. Failure to carry out these measures, says the author, would have repercussions on the global War on Terror.


Pakistan’s Next Hurdles

The new civilian government faces various internal and external challenges

Posted by , 17th April 2008


The recently elected coalition government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) must now struggle to cement its power amid dauntingly high public expectations. In addition to lingering political disputes, among them the recent judiciary controversy and the ongoing conflict with Kashmir, this new government now faces a grave economic situation and a changing political atmosphere in the exterior.


Assessing the creation of the new civilian government in Pakistan

The announcement of a new prime minister will most likely not come until after the National Assembly’s first meeting

Posted by , 18th March 2008

zardarisharif3.jpgPakistan’s fledgling PPP and PML-N led coalition government appears promising, yet it faces many challenges upon inception: primary problems like rising inflation, joblessness, the growing strength of Islamic radicals, poverty, and a wheat and electricity crisis; but also rewriting the constitution, ousting Musharraf and dealing with the deposed judges. Fearing that a direct confrontation between the coalition and Musharraf would serve to destabilize Pakistan, the author timely reminds us of the adage politics is the art of compromise.


Warsaw looks for new allies against Moscow

Will Donald Tusk succeed in calming the Russian spirits?

Posted by , 13th March 2008

tuskmerkel.jpgThe failed meetings between Warsaw and Moscow are numerous and complex. Poland continues to view Russia as a threat, but Donald Tusk’s brand new cabinet intends to confront its great neighbor with a new strategy: to promote negotiation in view of the conflict. The objective of Warsaw is two-fold: to win allies that reinforce their position with respect to Moscow and to promote a more united stance within the heart of the European Union, one critical of the Russian excesses.

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