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Europe´s Crisis: Beyond Finance
Everyone is wondering about the next disaster to befall Europe. Italy is one focus; Spain is also a possibility. But these crises are already under way. Instead, the next crisis will be political, not in the sense of what conventional politician is going to become prime minister, but in the deeper sense of whether Europe’s political elite can retain power, or whether new political forces are going to emerge that will completely reshape the European political landscape.
Obama and Asia’s Two Futures
Despite the relentless shift of global economic might to Asia, and China’s rise as a great power – the central historical events of our time, which will drive world affairs for the foreseeable future – America’s focus has been elsewhere.
Eurasia’s Pipeline Tangle
Russia’s “gas wars” with Ukraine and Belarus and pointed objections to Europe’s “third energy package,” as well as heated competition to develop rival and commercially dubious “southern” energy transit routes, have re-ignited concerns about pipeline politics across Eurasia
The Decline and Fall of America’s Decline and Fall
The United States is going through difficult times. Its post-2008 recovery has slowed, and some observers fear that Europe’s financial problems could tip the American and world economy into a second recession.
The Neo-Ottomans: Honor or Geopolitical Interests
In early September, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a conversation with an opposition leader that Turkey will not deviate from its policy of tough relations with Israel no matter how many millions of dollars it costs. After all, honor has no price.
How to Prevent a Depression
The latest economic data suggests that recession is returning to most advanced economies, with financial markets now reaching levels of stress unseen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The risks of an economic and financial crisis even worse than the previous one – now involving not just the private sector, but also near-insolvent sovereigns – are significant.
Arab Spring, Western Fall
The old vocation of what Rudyard Kipling called the “White Man’s Burden” – the driving idea behind the West’s quest for global hegemony from the days of imperial expansion in the nineteenth century to the current, pathetically inconclusive, Libyan intervention – has clearly run out of steam.
Contours of geopolitic game 2011
As we know from history, the most simple (does not mean, that the best) a method of an output from a long economic crisis is war. So left crisis, having begun the First world, then the Second and the Third (which many researchers is understood as cold war and the disorder which has followed it of «socialist camp »). Many analysts during last year speak about the fast beginning of the Fourth which will differ appreciably from previous.
The U.S.-Egyptian Breakup
The United States was not responsible for the inequity of Mubarak´s rule, but it did enable and benefit from it. Mubarak was long Washington´s man in Cairo: he kept open the Suez Canal, repressed the Islamists, and maintained peace with Israel. In return, the United States provided much for Egypt, contributing billions in economic assistance over the years to build up the country´s infrastructure, agricultural technology, and public health programs.