Regions / Russia
The West should be careful about alienating Putin.
Moscow and Washington are on a crash course over missile defense. Even Putin's surprise offer at the G8, columnist Frida Berrigan points out, will not likely avert collision.
Massive injections of U.S. and Soviet arms have kept the war raging between northern and southern Sudan for nearly a half-century.
As editorialists from across the United States and Western Europe have reiterated lately, Russian democracy is under assault.
Washington insists its "train and equip force'" of 10 combat helicopters and 150 military instructors is solely intended to help Georgia combat Islamic radicals in the lawless Pankisi Gorge, allegedly a safe haven for al Qaeda militants and their Chechen
With the military campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the mopping up stage, the United States and Russia are struggling to identify the boundaries of strategic cooperation.
Trouble afoot in Abkhaz, UN plane shot down
After handshakes and statements of good will, the two sides will return home, each with its own fish to fry elsewhere.
It is difficult to say what any new administrations policy will be by the end of the presidents term of office.
Instead of consulting with Russia over key foreign policy issues such as the Iraq bombings and allied policy toward former Yugoslavia, Washington has attempted to steer Moscow into a diplomatic backwater where it can exert little global influence.