Russia is experiencing an unprecedented demographic crisis, according to a prominent American population expert. The country’s dwindling population could make it hard for Moscow to implement its economic and diplomatic agendas in the decades to come.
If US troops can march across Red Square during the traditional Russian Victory Day parade, then a significant number of legislators and policymakers in Washington think it’s time to rethink the relevance of the Jackson-Vanik amendment.
An April 12 conference held in Washington assessed Iran's social-networking sphere. Panelists asserted that even in the face of severe government repression, the vibrancy of Iran's blogosphere is offering the international community opportunities to develop citizen diplomacy and people-to-people connections with Iranians.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Russia are probing a deal under which Moscow could provide the Afghan military with helicopters and possibly others forms of assistance. In return, Russia might gain a voice in the shaping of international security policy for Afghanistan, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told EurasiaNet.
In order for the Obama administration to successfully engage Iran on the nuclear issue, Washington needs to enhance its ability to deter Tehran, according to the findings of a task force organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The Iranian nuclear issue is at a critical point. America's highest-ranking military officer has expressed the belief that Tehran has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, an independent commission has unveiled a plan that its members hope can avert an "untenable" situation from developing in the Middle East.
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm.
Support is plummeting among the Afghan people for the President Hamid Karzai's administration in Kabul, as well as for the Western military and economic presence, even though opposition to Islamic radical insurgents remains strong, a recent survey found.