‘The Others’ Alliances

BRICS Flame Continues To Shine

Just as the fizz seems to be going out of the BRICS grouping, the member countries have scrambled to put their act together. Apropos the crisis in Syria, which is arguably, the “hottest” issue in international politics today, the BRICS showed up worrying signs of an identity crisis of its […]

Russia and the Changing World

ORIENTAL REVIEW republishes the latest article by Vladimir Putin, Russian PM and front-runner of the presidential campaign due to culminate next Sunday, March 4, 2012. The article focuses on different aspects of the Russian foreign policy. In my previous articles I have discussed some of the key foreign challenges that […]

Wise Bear on the Mountaintop

At the regularly scheduled briefing in October 2011, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin said that “China has no intention nor energy to seek global leadership.” I need to make it very clear that I sympathize with the Chinese government’s position. Maybe in the future the international community will examine […]

Russia as Provocateur?

Among the high profile of former Soviet based English language media, the Kyiv Post (KP) is better at promoting nationalist anti-Russian leaning views, when compared to The Moscow Times’ (TMT) approach to patriotically reasonable Russian perspectives. TMT and KP can each show instances of offering other opinions opposing the ones […]

BRICS’ Rising Profile

The 3-4 November 2011 G-20 summit at Cannes that grappled with various raging issues governing the world economy particularly the Euro zone crisis also brought into focus the rising profile of BRICS as a major player towards resolving global issues including the financial crisis. As rightly pointed out by Russia’s […]

Russia: It Is Time To Gather Stones

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy in 2007 where he charged the US with building a unipolar world at the cost of “frequently illegitimate actions” and “new human tragedies” is hardly forgotten by NATO. A key point that loomed through that energetic delivery […]