The author looks at the airbase on the (Portugal) as a showcase of America's attitude to its lesser NATO partners, and a demonstration of how an individual nation can use the home field advantage to play with the superpower and a military alliance at its peak in the modern multipolar world.
China’s growing economy has substantial energy require ments. The limitations of hydrocarbon resources, which are linked to issues of transportation and the environment, have caused China to pay significant attention to the development of nuclear energy. The authors evaluate the prospects for the nuclear market, paying particular attention to increasing compe tition and Russian interests.
Over the years, Belarus has often faced difficult political and economic problems. With Russian or Western help, the Belarusian authorities have always managed to find a way out. The large scale of the structural economic crisis that engulfed Belarus in February 2011 has destabilized the political situation. The author estimates the political and economic consequences of the crisis in Belarus, and the possible role of external factors in solving the problem.
The current global economic crisis, war in the Middle East, escalation of the situation in South Asia, and alarmed expectations of incomprehensible changes at a time of symbolic meetings with promising, yet to date futile, declarations and statements are influencing the course of international security. Members of the International Expert Group - Marian Abisheva, Konstantin Eggert, Dayan Jayatilleka, Abdulaziz Sager, and Yevgeny Satanovsky - comment the events.
Negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program still remain the main subject for discussion in the Iranian political and academic environment. Yet at the current point Iranians concentrate at the Middle Eastern developments, which are analyzed by experts in relation to their possible influence on the Iranian nuclear issue. Iran is concerned with the Ukraine’s crisis rather in connection with Russia’s position and its likely attempt to use the role in the negotiations in the course of Moscow’s growing adversary with the West. Different aspirations of political factions in Iran do not let give a precise answer to the question about the result of the next round of negotiations on the nuclear program, because the efforts by the proponents of détente with the West encounter conservatives’ unwillingness to alter their non-aligned position. Survey of the expert commentaries gives an idea about the absence of the consensus on the nuclear agreement and negotiations with the West.