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EU-India partnership transcends the purely bilateral and matures tremendously

more "India is home to a sixth of humanity", French President Nicolas Sarkozy reminded on December 4, 2010 while seeking support for his 2011 presidency of the G20 which will focus on global governance...

North Korea poses the most immediate risks to the stability of East Asia

more North Korea (DPRK) has been at the center of the international scene for the last week. By inviting Stanford Professor Siegfried S. Hecker, a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, at an...

Tensions in Lebanon are the most urgent threat to international security

more "Lebanon is currently experiencing a domestic climate of uncertainty and fragility," United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in his 12th semi-annual report on the implementation of Security...

There will be no bigger challenge over 2011 than Sudan's referenda

more Inhabitants of the south will vote on January 9, 2010 on whether to secede from Sudan or remain united with the rest of the country, as stipulated under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which...

Is Germany's foreign policy a driving force behind Europe's diplomacy?

more As the world is changing, Germany is not only the major European economy but also a very active diplomatic player which insists on peace, human rights and economic growth. It has developed fruitful ties...

The strategic implications of the $60bn Saudi arms deal

more On Saudi Arabia's national day on September 22, 2010, the Obama administration praised "King Abdullah’s leadership on key challenges," which "has put Saudi Arabia and the region on a path towards...

Diaoyu Islands incident raised concern about China's strategy in Asia

more The captain of a Chinese fishing vessel, Zhan Qixiong, and 14 fishermen on board were detained by the Japanese coast guard earlier this month after their boat collided with the Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel...

Beyond S-300s, Iran has never been a comfortable partner of Russia

more On September 22, 2010, the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree prohibiting the delivery of S-300 air defence missile systems, in contradiction with a $800 million contract signed...

A strategic agreement on gas brings Azerbaijan and Russia closer

more Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Azerbaijan on September 2, 2010 for a two-day visit amid growing tensions in South Caucasus. The Russian President's visit happened a little earlier than forecast...

Australia's government has changed, not Foreign Policy

more On September 11, 2010, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed her predecessor, former PM Kevin Rudd (2007-2010) as her new government's Foreign Minister in replacement of Stephen Smith...

Military-to-military relations are U.S. DoD's top priority in Asia

more Asian nations must act in the face of provocations as part of their responsibility to preserve peace and reinforce regional stability, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in remarks opening the first...

Iraq's stability largely depends on the stability of its long-awaited government

more "Iraq's electoral commission and security forces successfully organized and carried out a credible and competitive election," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed on June 1, 2010. At...

Networked world, challenges and opportunities for Britain's foreign policy

more Last May, David Cameron became Prime Minister and immediately met with his two most important European partners, French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel. While his Foreign Secretary...

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Preventing rather than resolving conflicts should become OSCE's top priority

more The 2010 Summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on December 1-2, 2010. This was the first since the Istanbul Summit in 1999 and...

New NATO Strategic Concept focuses on Proliferation, Terrorism and Cyber Threat

more At their Summit meeting in Lisbon, the 28 allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed a new Strategic Concept that will "serve as the Alliance's roadmap for the next ten years and that...

The United Kingdom will remain a first rate diplomatic and military power

more On October 19, 2010, the British Government has published its National Security Strategy (NSS) entitled A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty which outlines its reappraisal of Britain's role in the world...

NATO version 3.0 is coming with standard Missile Defense

more On September 15, 2010, after meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office announced that France was ready to help develop and pay for...

Consensus rule is at the center of global Disarmement's stalemate

more "Continued stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament sticks out like a sore thumb," Gary Samore, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control, told a UN...

Iran seeks all-out cooperation and strategic depth in Africa

more "We are completely ready to reinvigorate our cooperation with the members of the Union in all fields," Ahmadinejad had said at the 14th African Union (AU) summit on February 2, 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

China, EU, Russia and United States' priorities at the 65th UNGA

more The 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) took place on September 14, 2010 in New York. It assessed progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were the focus...

Yuan and other issues may still strain China-United States relations

more "Strategic trust is the basis of China-U.S. cooperation," Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said on September 7, 2010. The two countries agree on the need for more stable relations, acknowledge the vital importance...

A more stable Ukraine will become a reliable energy partner of EU

more On the eve of the local elections in Ukraine due to be held on October 31, 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych stressed some fundamental conditions that would allow holding it in line with international standards...

UN report and incidents with UNIFIL show Lebanon's stability remains fragile

more On July 9, 2010, Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), has called on the local population to engage in dialogue...

Obama's new National Space Policy focuses on International Cooperation

more « No longer are we racing against an adversary; in fact, one of our central goals is to promote peaceful cooperation and collaboration in space, which not only will ward off conflict, but will help to expand...

Conflicts and governments' requests make UN upgrade its missions in Africa

more Africa remains the place of a number of unresolved conflicts which continue to kill hundreds if not thousands each week. As the situation is always changing, the United Nations must adapt the mandates of its...

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