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The tide of popular protests in Egypt shows no signs of subsiding. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Cairo, Alexandria, Asyut, Port Said, and Suez to demand the immediate resignation of the current Egyptian leader H. Mubarak dubbed Egypt's last Pharaoh by his opponents. Obviously, his regime which has been controlling the country for three decades finally ran into serious problems. 

As a participant in talks on how to strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), Germany opposes excessive responsibility for countries with stable financial system. During a meeting with their colleagues in Brussels on January 17, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made a critical remark: ''Solidarity cannot be limited to six triple-A rated countries...''

Chinese poet and historian Guo Moruo wrote in 1952: “German occupants demolished the monument to Victor Hugo in Paris in 1941. Recently, a model of the Ford plant was installed on the monument's pedestal to demonstrate the dominance of the US dollar empire. No less than the French people, we feel outraged as the act is an offense not only to the French culture, but to the culture of the entire humanity”.

Over the past year, Washington's inability to handle the complexities of the situation in the turbulent Middle East largely shaped the parameters of the region's peace process. Locked in a restrictive partnership with Israel, Washington's strategic ally acting as its policeman in the region, the US is clearly unable to play the broker's role, but geopolitical regards prevent the US Administration from broadening its space for maneuver at the expense of the ties with Tel Aviv.

A week-long referendum over what is becoming the biggest divorce between African nations in a decade ended in Sudan on January 1. The country's conflict along ethnic and religious lines unfolded for ages. Sudan is split into two distinct parts by the so-far virtual border between the Arab-dominated North and the tribal South where much of the African population was – perhaps without genuine immersion into the new faith – led to convert to Christianity by Western missionaries.

What is going on in Tunisia, a small North African state, which has always been notable for what was seen as domestic stability, moderate pragmatic policy on the international arena and fair economic growth rate? Tunisia’s relations with the West have been presented as exemplary, with considerable investments flowing into the country’s economy. Tunisia also was regarded by many as a touristic Mecca.

The present list of top 10 developments in Central Asia in 2010 was compiled on the basis of the author's assessment of their impact on the region's political and socioeconomic landscape. In any case, the developments surveyed below will likely have enduring repercussions for Central Asia.

The Italian diplomacy is traditionally built on a sophisticated play and intricate maneuvers among various allies and friends. This is an explainable choice of strategy for the country which was the last to join the club of great powers and emerged as a mid-level player only in 1943. Italy always sought to ally itself with a more powerful ally whose backing helped Rome to implement its own policy.

Formally, the 65th session of the UN General Assembly continues but its part dedicated to serious debates and real decision-making ended in 2010. Though the session will likely convene without any impact on the global state of affairs once or twice before the 66th session opens in September 2011, the time to assess the results of the 65th session of the world's main organization has already come.

OH WELL, this feels great. You come to the Crimea and hear at the passport checkpoint in the Simferopol airport: "With your passport you do not need an immigration card." A TV picture of Medvedev and Yanukovich criticizing the borderline idiocy comes to mind followed by a puzzled question: "Why did they distribute the cards on board in the first place rather than telling us the great news?"

Well, let it be. The ice is breaking after all, to borrow a quote from a classic while the "jurors" of the Russian-Ukrainian relations having safely landed in the Crimea began their preparations for a conference organized by the International Affairs journal with the support of the Foreign Ministry of Russia.

The conference level was high and the range of problems to be discussed wide and varied. The first session was invited to discuss the priority and resources of the new Russia-Ukraine relationships; the second was expected to put the new policy into the context of the Russia-Ukraine-EU triangle; the third was confronted with the eternal question: Russia-Ukraine: a dialogue of cultures or a common cultural expanse?

Russia and Ukraine: Views and Opinions