In his first 100 days in office, Ukrainian President Yanukovych has set a positive new tone in his country's relations with Russia and reaffirmed Ukraine’s strategic orientation towards Europe.
European leaders are finally coming to appreciate the depth and severity of the European debt crisis, but their policy responses so far still do not go far enough to resolve the crisis.
Israel’s raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid has refocused global attention on Gaza’s isolation. Israel’s action have helped Hamas, and the group is now operating from a position of greater strength.
The flotilla incident is the culmination of a slow drift in Turkish-Israeli relations. As the Israelis are increasingly subject to international opprobrium, Turkey’s strategic importance in the region is ascendant.
Germany, which benefited from the introduction of the euro, should boost its domestic demand to compensate for the deflationary measures taken by other countries in Europe.
Though headlines label the Euro crisis as one caused by sovereign debt, Europe’s most troubled economies are suffering from not only fiscal profligacy, but also a severe loss of competitiveness.
The Russian government has been stepping up efforts to cancel the direct election of mayors following the cancellation of direct gubernatorial elections in 2004.
Countering the terrorist threat of militant groups operating in Pakistan requires not only combating those groups in Pakistan’s tribal areas, but also disrupting their global connections.
A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.
While tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula and forecasting the North Korean leadership’s next steps is difficult, none of the parties involved have any interest in further escalation.
Though the eight newest EU are committed to eventually adopting the euro, they all already suffer from the problems that dragged Greece into crisis, suggesting that none of them are ready to join the Euro area yet.
As the number of countries with the ambition to play a role in world affairs increases, Washington must decide whether to deal with them as legitimate global players or treat them as meddlers to be dismissed.
The formation of a new Iraqi government may still be months away, not because the issues to be negotiated will take time, but because serious negotiations do not appear to have started yet.
While President Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo called for a new beginning in America’s relations with the Muslim world and created fresh hope for better relations, the results are not yet apparent on the ground.
Russia’s engagement with the United States on Iran’s nuclear ambitions has not changed significantly since 2007, in spite of the Obama administration’s emphasis on the success of the ‘reset.’
China’s steps to limit the damage from the Greek crisis will necessarily shift the brunt of the economic adjustment to other countries, unless the major trading powers can reach a burden-sharing agreement.
Turkey is an increasingly important player in the Middle East. It has embraced modern economic realities and has created a space for the coexistence of democracy, secularism, Islam, science, individuality, and community all in the same society.
Despite an unfavorable domestic political environment, the United States urgently needs to adopt new climate and energy policies in order to reduce its dependency on oil and maintain its leadership in the global economy.
Twelve years after defaulting on its debt, Russian policy makers are again facing difficult choices regarding public spending. With debt remaining at relatively low levels, however, the government should focus on economic recovery, not deficit reduction.
The countries of the Maghreb need to shape their policies and programs in order to diversify their trade and financial partners and sever the ties that bind them to the fate of the European economy.