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Geopolitics

United Nations Approves Economic Sanctions Against Iran

United Nations Approves Economic Sanctions Against Iran

Jun 12, 2010 at 12:39 | RFE/RL staff

The United Nations Security Council approves economic sanctions aimed at punishing Iran over its suspect nuclear program by a 12-2 vote. Twelve members of the Security Council voted "yes," while…

The United States Weakest Link

The United States Weakest Link

Jun 12, 2010 at 12:33 | Charles Hugh Smith

Any system, organization or device is only as strong as its weakest component. What are the weakest links in the U.S. culture and economy? The reason why most of the…

The Battle over Press Freedom in Azerbaijan

The Battle over Press Freedom in Azerbaijan

Jun 12, 2010 at 09:04 | ISN Security Watch

With elections coming up, the government of Azerbaijan may have reason to fear new freedoms provided by the internet's social networking tools. International journalists’ groups and Azerbaijani opposition figures are…

Opportunity for China in North Korea

Opportunity for China in North Korea

Jun 11, 2010 at 08:22 | Frank O'Donnell

Will China Press North Korea to Dismantle it’s Nuclear Program Now would be a good time for Beijing to forge an economic path to denuclearising North Korea. The moment may…

Al-Qaeda Thriving in Iraq Using Mafia Tactics

Al-Qaeda Thriving in Iraq Using Mafia Tactics

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:32 | ISN Security Watch

The street emptied at the sound of gunfire, the men scattering in separate directions. A corpse was left behind, the lone victim of the shooting. After a few hours, someone…

The ROC Navy Faces a Critical Watershed as the East Asian Strategic Balance Changes

The ROC Navy Faces a Critical Watershed as the East Asian Strategic Balance Changes

Jun 09, 2010 at 09:52 | Gregory R. Copley

New strategic brinkmanship by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); a now-clear determination by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to “more aggressively assert its territorial claims in regional…

Turkey’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

Turkey’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

Jun 09, 2010 at 08:11 | Anes Alic

Over the past two years, Turkey has launched a massive political, social, and economic offensive across the Balkans, focusing primarily on Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than two decades after Turkey first formally…

The Vital Relationship Between China and the United States

The Vital Relationship Between China and the United States

Jun 08, 2010 at 13:13 | Open Democracy

A number of events in April-June 2010 has seemed to suggest that relations between the United States and China are back on track after a difficult period. They include Hu…

Israel's Interception of the Turkish Flotilla

Israel's Interception of the Turkish Flotilla

Jun 08, 2010 at 09:14 | Strategic Studies

A View From Jerusalem on the Intelligence Failure by Israel, and the Failure of the International Community to Look at the Sponsors of the “Flotilla” Early in the morning of…

Poland’s Growing Military Power

Poland’s Growing Military Power

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Experiencing anxiety following the halting of US missile defense plans in Poland, Warsaw uses US technology to make its air force the biggest by far in Central Europe. Since the…

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