David Babayan (Armenia) The failure of isolationism One way or another, all components of China’s national power motivate it to expand its sphere of influence in such strategically important regions as Central Asia, the Far East and Southeast Asia. China has been a great nation throughout virtually all of its […]
Month: May 2010
Does America consider Russia friend or foe? Antimissile system will show
Washington and NATO have recently declared the intention of enhancing their partnership with Russia, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, the saying goes, not in the promises. The “reset” of relations between the United States and Russia increasingly resembles a backroom card game, where the players […]
Episode 1. Bank of England.
ORIENTAL REVIEW opens the new historical series. We decided to name it ‘The Episodes’. We are not going to cover the world history with a comprehensive overview. It is beyond our power and competence. We want to relate to our readers few stories, which are not very known or well-forgotten […]
China and India: Partners and Rivals
Andrey Volodin (Russia) Relations between China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, are marked by a complex and shifting combination of cooperation and rivalry. The complexity reflects the history of their geopolitical interaction and their positions in the world economy and international relations In analyzing Sino-Indian […]
Iran Signs Uranium Swap Deal
At least we’ve got good news from Tehran: Iran agreed to enrich uranium in Turkey. The menace of imposing international sanctions and further escalation of the Western pressure on this country under nuclear pretext is temporarily diminished. Perhaps it was the first ever notable diplomatic achievement of the BRIC Alliance […]
Bucks for Drugs Ponzi Scheme
Evgeny Khrushchev (Russia) Valorization & monetization of the US drug policy A decision to set up a slush fund for Marja opium poppy farmers in the heat of the harvest campaign is the most effective way to dismantle counternarcotics strategy led by DEA and SOF and to reveal the State […]
Unrevealed Aspects of START III
Viktor Kovalev (Russia) It became known almost immediately after the new START treaty was inked that the US had successfully tested its X-31 unpiloted spaceplane which would in the future serve as a space platform for high accuracy delivery vehicles carrying non-nuclear (or, potentially, nuclear) munitions. The system – an […]
Afghanistan, Iraq and Next Pakistan?
Does it have to be that an entire country and it’s innocent civilians have to be punished after the failed New York Times Square bomb attempt by one person? It seems to be that way. Maybe another false flag operation was planned to issue stern warnings to Pakistan that should […]
Do the Russians Want Bakiev Back to Bishkek?
ORIENTAL REVIEW For the last two days the situation in Kyrgyzstan has seriously deteriorated. The supporters of ousted Kyrgyz president Bakiev attempted to reclaim power in Jelalabad and Osh, the ‘southern capital’ of Kyrgyzstan and main narco-gate to Central Asia. Two people have been killed and 61 injured in clashes […]
Is the US Media Leading America to (Another) War?
In the past, war reporters bravely followed soldiers into the jaws of war. Today, it looks like the soldiers are embedded in the media instead, simply going along for the story. This article asks a simple question that unfortunately has no simple answer: “Where should media publications draw the line […]
Building a pan-Eurasian security community?
Adrian Pabst (UK) With the post-cold war moment of US unilateralism passing, the new age of multilateralism is firmly grounded in improved bilateral relations. In recent times, the clearest example of this trend is the “reset” of US-Russia relations. By contrast with a dangerous escalation of tensions between East and […]
Karzai Is the Winner – For the Present
The best outcome of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington has been that US President Barack Obama finally cracked the whip on his AfPak team. When the AfPak special representative Richard Holbrooke turned up at Andrews Airbase at 6.00 am to receive Karzai whom he once not too long […]