George Soros, a foreign exchange dealer and philanthropist, who has spent a considerable part of his life working on the theory and practical implementation of an “open society,” has published several books devoted to what he describes as the “reform of global capitalism.” His latest work on the subject, entitled The Bubble of American Supremacy. Correcting the Misuse of American Power is a worthy continuation of that series.
The concept of ‘national security’ was introduced by Walter Lippmann in his book U.S. Foreign Policy: Shield of the Republic published in 1943. The concept was officially accepted in the 1947 National Security Act which laid the basis for the establishment of the U.S.
The military-technical cooperation between Russia and China or, in other words, the delivery of Russian military materiel and technologies to China, is one of the most interesting – and covert – facets of Russia’s present foreign and military-technical policy.
Until recently the subject of climate was of concern only to the meteorologists, whereas today it has become a global political issue. Now that the United States has declined to sign the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the protocol’s future depends on Russia.
The international community is outraged by the U.S. unilateral air strikes in the Middle East in defiance of the UN. While world leaders discuss how to reinstate the UN’s guiding role, the American administration builds up its capacities for war, while receiving ratification for the most exorbitant military budgets ever.
It has become commonplace for politicians now to say that history changed its course on September 11, 2001 with the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York. Meanwhile, economists do not find anything symbolic about the date of March 11, 2000, although it was on that day that the S&P500 reached its record high and then began its continuous decline. From the point of view of the politicians, we all are living in a world that differs dramatically from the world of the 1990s.
Europe, America and International Law after the Iraqi War
Democracy is a mere shape assumed by the political process and not its essence, Farid Zakaria, one of the most original political analysts of modern-day America, claims in his best-selling book, The Future of Freedom. Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. At variance with particular ideologists in Washington, the author asserts that democracy is unable to offer an adequate solution to contemporary problems.
Two new Russian books on globalization, one written under the auspices of the Gorbachev Foundation and the other by Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, evoke rather questionable thoughts concerning the ability of the Russian intellectual elite to propose viable models for Russia’s development in the modern world.
The new book by Yevgeny Primakov lays out his views on the major contemporary problems, such as terrorism and Islamic extremism, the Israeli-Arab conflict, and the role of the United States in today’s world. He also discusses scenarios for a future world order and Russia’s place in it.
At a time when the Old World does not conceal its irritation with the United States, Jean-FranНois Revel, a patriarch of the French intellectual tradition, comes out in America’s support.
The theoretical basis of The Drama of Russian Political History is a fundamentally new concept of Russian history focused on the human being.
The vast energy resources of the Caspian Sea have provoked a clash of interests between many countries and transnational corporations. In the markedly new historical and geopolitical environment, few of the newly established states in the region consider relations with Russia to be a priority, and are using the oil and gas factor as one of the most effective political tools in international relations.
In the coming decades, challenges from the North Caucasus will constitute the most serious threat to Russia; the entire region is rife with problems. Russia’s other Muslim enclaves are not safe from the threat of conflict, either.
“The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims,” – notes Dinesh D’Souza in his new book.
It is commonly believed that the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union began in the mid-1940s. Professor of History at the University of Illinois Donald Davis and President of the University of Virginia Eugene Trani have arrived at a surprise conclusion – the Cold War started much earlier.
This new book by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov page by page traces the changes in the strategies of Russia’s diplomacy in recent years.
Russia stands somewhere in the middle between a market democracy and various forms of authoritarian rule – from communist to fascist, writes Thomas Graham in his book. Graham is the chief Russian expert in the current U.S. Administration.
At a roundtable event in Moscow, top experts debated the “hypocritical” and “insincere” foreign policies of both Russia and the West in the post-Cold War era.
Vladimir Putin has mentioned several times that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical mistake. Although these words were often interpreted as his desire to constitute that country, there is little reason to believe this.
Contemporary international relations are experiencing a period of turbulence and transition from a unipolar world to a world with multiple centers of power with strengthened role of regionalization. In these circumstances relatively small states try to maximize the resource of geopolitical identity to conduct their foreign policies.
In the old days coal miners took a caged canary down into mines. If the canary suddenly dropped dead, that meant that the deadly gas, carbon monoxide, was slowly seeping into the shaft... An order of magnitude increase in killing rampages in America over the last several decades is like canaries suddenly starting to drop dead all around us. It is an early indicator of much worse troubles to come.
In the wake of the For Fair Elections protest movement in Russia in 2011-2012, the Kremlin initiated a new strategy of state-society relations that was aimed at diminishing the propensity for protest in the next election cycle.
Belarus’ traditional structural dependence on Russia is increasing, and Minsk’s freedom of maneuver continues to shrink.