n.18 February 2008

The Czech Parliament is expected to vote this spring on the proposed U.S. missile shield base. While it is well known that the issue involves delicate geopolitical balances, there has been little mention of the widespread popular opposition to the project.

Identity-related issues inevitably reveal tension that is not only scientific but also has political implications, for identities can be built by looking at the past as well as the future.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was founded in 2001 and is still a work in progress.  It is not yet, on the economic level, the free trade zone favored by Beijing, and it is far from being an organic military alliance.

Almost no one would have bet that China could continue to be virtually unfettered as it converted to a market economy after the events of Tienanmen in 1989.