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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 […]

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 […]