Russia's former republics have fixed borders, but Russia's conception of its own southern frontier appears to remain undefined. After a casual meeting with the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Aktau, Kazakhstan on July 6
"Free and fair" elections under a military government imply continuity of military rule, not a transfer of power to an elected parliament.
Most liberal commentators seemed to agree that Bush was merely the paperback edition of an American president.
Sharon and Bush as war mongers
No one knows how big the problem of clandestine trafficking in radioactive materials is.
This week's official inauguration of the African Union (AU), which replaces the moribund Organization of African Unity (OAU), was held amid predictable fanfare.
At one level there is a kind of donor fatigue, at another there are concerns about security in the country.
Some call the present era one of U.S. hegemony. Others, especially in Europe, call it empire.
There is reason to believe nuclear capability may make the chances of war worse in South Asia.
Just like during the cold war, the millions of dollars slated for our new allies in the war on terrorism have more to do with promoting American geostrategic interests than with protecting U.S. territory from external threats.