In his June 26 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden attempted to revive the Cold War mentality but it is likely to cost America dearly. The world has changed considerably in the last 30 years.
The Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki has sent American establishmentarians into a frenzy but is the summit the beginning of new détente or mere window dressing?
We are no longer living in the unipolar world, says this letter writer. Other powers—notably China, Russia and Germany—have emerged to replace US hegemony.
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative was launched at a grand conference in Beijing last month. The plan envisages connecting the Eurasia landmass with China, Europe and South East Asia to foster trade and economic progress.
Russia may not be the world’s superpower but its officials from President Vladimir Putin down know how to act statesmanlike. This was evident when Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on April 11 for his first meeting with Russian officials after assuming the post of US Secretary of State in the Trump regime.
The April 6 illegal US missile strikes on a Syrian air base have not only put a chill on US-Russian relations, they have increased the risk of a full-fledged war between the US and Russia—essentially a Third World War.
Both Jewish and Christian scholars have debunked the myth of the Judeo-Christian civilization. In fact, there is a rising Islamo-Christian civilization in the making.
Some bizarre theories are doing the rounds in Washington that have even been joined by the White House. Senior government officials, members of Congress and of course the media led by the Washington Post have alleged that Russian hacking of the November 8 presidential election benefitted Donald Trump giving him victory.
While the rise of Russia is seen as a good sign to contain America’s belligerence, on the flip side, Moscow is courting the Serbs in Bosnia threatening the Muslim majority country in the Balkans.2
Russian-Iranian relations form the backdrop of this review in which Western writers are found to lack understanding of other societies because they have little knowledge of local languages, culture or access to primary sources. Dmitry Shlapentokh, associate professor at Indiana State University, South Bend, Indiana, reviews Russia-Iran Relations Since the End of the Cold War by Eric D. Moore (Routledge, 2014; 242 pp., $8.84 hbk).
Tawfik Ahmed welcomes an end to the unipolar world and unilateralism in global affairs.