Xi Jinping’s first foreign trip as China’s president reflects the remarkable progress made in the Chinese-Russian relationship. But potential pitfalls remain.
A comprehensive P5+1 Iran deal that included a Russo-Iranian agreement on nuclear cooperation could give Moscow a powerful incentive to work with the West and open a sustainable path for Iran toward commercial nuclear power development.
Syria may not be a major oil or gas producer, but the country's strategic location may allow it to determine the shape of the region's energy future by offering Mediterranean access to landlocked countries.
It is time to move the global climate agenda forward by exploring alternative platforms for collaboration.
Though Russia’s relations with the West have deteriorated over 2012, it is important for Moscow and the Western countries to “rediscover” each other and to develop a strategic relationship.
The Obama administration must realize that no “foreign policy” issue will matter as much to global economic, political, and ultimately security conditions in the coming year as whether the United States can demonstrate that it is able to deal with its economic crisis.
Until recently, German-Russian relations were viewed as a model bilateral relationship. However, public opinion in Germany has grown increasingly critical of Vladimir Putin’s regime, and the German leadership can’t ignore this.
As Gazprom and a European Union commission go head to head over the Russian gas giant's aggressive moves in Eastern Europe, Russia may miss an opportunity to help itself.
The EU's Competition Commission recently decided to investigate whether Gazprom, the Russian gas company, had hindered competition in Eastern Europe by holding back gas deliveries.
The concept of nuclear disarmament as an essential condition for nuclear nonproliferation is again entering the realm of practical politics, but the movement toward nuclear disarmament is extremely difficult and fraught with great dangers.