United States

The Return of Empires (VII)

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI Why does the United States need an empire? Historian Niall Ferguson states that the majority of modern-day academics see an entirely appropriate parallel between the “imperial rule” of the USA and the British Empire as it was 100 […]

US’ Eurasian Objectives and the Afghan War

Since 19th century, super powers have been ‘playing’ the Great Game in the region lying across Central, Southern and South-western Asia. During that ‘Game’ Afghanistan, which strategically connects these geographical segments of Asia, has historically been the heartland for British and Russian manoeuvres and struggle for control over Central Asia […]

The Return of Empires (VI)

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Modern-day empires in the West The rebirth of the imperial spirit in the West is moving along two sometimes converging, but in recent times increasingly diverging, lines. Looking at Europe’s relations with its neighbours, one can see that the European […]

The Return of Empires (V)

Part I Part II Part III Part IV Modern-day empires in the East A peculiarity of the formation of «larger spaces», or modern-day empires in the East, is that some of them were themselves, until quite recently, objects of colonial ambition. Other imperial projects, meanwhile, are part of even larger […]

Venezuela After Chavez

The leader of Venezuela is gone at 58. He has not had time enough to fulfill even a half of his plans. A man of action, he has set an example for the left-wing forces of the continent. His demise will certainly slow down, perhaps temporarily, the reforms in the […]

The Return of Empires (IV)

Part I Part II Part III Modern-day military-political alliances and coalitions as analogues of empires The rebirth of imperial policy in modern international life demands an answer to the question: why are seemingly long obsolete geopolitical projects being dragged into the light of day at all when there are organisations […]

The Return of Empires (III)

Part I Part II «Smart power» in the service of the American empire The dissociation of the United States from a number of international problems by shifting these problems onto allies and delegating authority to them, a result of the United States’ «imperial overheating», is based on the currently popular […]

The Return of Empires (II)

Part I A World of Postmodernism or the Newest Middle Ages? The process already taking shape in the world of consolidating «larger spaces», and the return of the empires of by-gone eras may not, at first glance, seem to respond to the spirit of the times. However, we are living […]

The Return of Empires (I)

«Larger spaces» versus chaos in international relations? The recent expeditions of the French in Africa clearly smack less of neoimperialism than they do neocolonialism, and have prompted many to wonder whether the events are the start of a new cycle of world politics in which an outgoing unipolarity is perhaps […]