Regions / Europe & Central Asia
Small and relatively unknown, Macedonia (officially called the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, or FYROM) is the key to stability in the southern Balkans.
After the cold war, Albania became a country of strategic importance to the United States.
Expansion of the NATO military alliance is proceeding rapidly despite an overwhelming lack of public or congressional debate.
In promoting structural adjustment, the U.S. has concentrated on short-term profits for businesses and narrow diplomatic gain.
Over the past decade, nuclear weapons have been reduced from 70,000 to 40,000. The U.S. and Russia hold 97% of these remaining nuclear weapons.
When war erupted in the former Yugoslavia in 1991, the U.S. kept its distance.
Pakistani aid together with support from Pashtun traders and tribesmen enabled the Taliban to capture Kabul.
With the end of the cold war and the demise of the Soviet threat, NATO must find new rationales for its existence.
The end of the cold war left U.S.-Russian relations in a state of volatile ambiguity.