COP26: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back


Despite the significance attached to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) recently held in Glasgow – in particular, how it represents a major step forward from the Paris Agreement – the COP26 has not been able to produce a major, meaningfully actionable inter-state, multilateral consensus of global scale. Notwithstanding the critical nature of the issues…

Ethiopia at a Crossroads: Civil War or Peaceful Settlement?


The government of Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency in the country, as the rebel forces of Tigray threaten to attack the capital, and the war that has been going on for a year is rapidly escalating and brings more and more troubles and misfortunes to Ethiopians. The United States has stated that the danger has “significantly worsened” and has recalled all of its…

Why is the US Hyping Up the Threat of ISIS in Afghanistan?


To justify its interventionist actions in the Middle East, the United States, following the now cliched example, actively uses its alleged commitment to fighting against terrorism, focusing on countering such well-known terrorist formations as Al Qaeda and ISIS (both are banned in Russia). The same goes for the actions of the USA in Afghanistan. However, Washington didn’t take…

Demographic Changes Pose Significant Challenges for Europe


Europe today faces a demographic crisis. It is the great unmentionable in the current furore over migration from North Africa and the Middle East by persons seeking a better life, as they perceive it, in Europe. That migration is receiving significant resistance from a number of countries, although their demographic position…

The Economic Dimension of China-North Korea Relations


Much of the talk about how long the DPRK regime will last under sanctions and the country’s “self-isolation” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in the question of what role Beijing will play in supporting Pyongyang. In 2019, China accounted for about 95 per cent of North Korea’s total trade, according to the website North Korea in the World. According…

Chronicles of the Taiwan Issue


The various developments accompanying the Taiwan issue, the most dangerous one on today’s political map of the world, require constant attention and as accurate a description as possible. That is, without distortion, and with the minimum author’s comments. Their simple chronological presentation speaks for itself. It depicts the relations between the two leading world powers…

UAE Becomes an Important Independent Player in the Middle East


Against the backdrop of the events of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the subsequent confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the UAE’s role in the ongoing military and political crises in the Middle East has been overshadowed. At the same time, this Persian Gulf state is pursuing quite an independent political course and is turning…

US is Trying to Intensify Competition for the Arctic


In the old days, the great powers divided the world according to the old rules of sovereignty. Whoever was first to plant their flag owned the land with its resources if there was an opportunity to protect it. Today, while the polar ice in the Arctic melts at an unprecedented rate, the world’s leading global actors continue to view this region as a no man’s land, actively seeking…

Political Dimensions of Bilateral Ties between the PRC and the DPRK during Spring-fall of 2021


Throughout 2021, Pyongyang and Beijing continued to actively demonstrate their long-standing traditional friendship by exchanging messages and holding ceremonial events. On February 19, it was reported that Pyongyang appointed Ri Ryong-nam, a former vice-premier in charge of trade…

Now The Organized Takedown of Global Fertilizer Supply?


The global energy shortages which have driven prices for coal, oil and natural gas to explosive highs in the last months are a predictable consequence of the mad pursuit of “Zero Carbon” economic policies that have seen foolish governments subsidize a growing share of electricity from unreliable solar and wind generation. One consequence has been a five-fold…

America Wants Neither Biden nor Trump


A year ago, a provisional count of US presidential election results identified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner, promising “massive construction and record investment at home, as well as a big American comeback on the international scene.” Although Joe Biden emphasized his political experience during the campaign, he has been constantly haunted by setbacks in the months…

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