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Anders Breivik already seems to have emerged as one of the XX century's top-famous terrorists. Day by day, his popularity visibly grows not only in the ranks of the European radical right but also among the Europeans with otherwise mainstream views.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the New York Trade Center left the world divided. The US Administration and its giant propaganda machine made huge efforts to convince their audiences that the terrorist act had been perpetrated by Al Qaeda, but the developments that followed pointed with utmost clarity to its real authors – an influential US, British or Israeli clique which masterminded the plot to put history on their own course.

“Arab Spring” is dramatically shifting the regional balance of power in the Middle East and North Africa creating a new status of winners and losers. Arab uprising challenges Turkish foreign policy which is based on ‘’zero problems’’ policy with its neighbors. Turkey’s most significant challenge is to define its role in  “New Arab Order” as a regional soft power. Moreover Ankara is facing risks and dilemmas in an unstable neighborhood which extends from the Middle East to Mediterranean Sea.

Ankara’s statecraft could be analyzed by four parameters which expose vital strategies and useful conclusions: a. the consequences of Arab revolts on Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s doctrine of “zero problems” with neighbors, b. Ankara’s reactions to upheavals in Egypt, Libya and Syria, c. the Turkish moderate Islamic model, d. the redrawing of geopolitical alliances in the Middle East.

The regions of the Middle East and North Africa are great importance for the Turkish government.  In his victory post- elections speech prime- minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled his foreign policy for the  Muslim populations.  He selected to address as Mideastern leader stating “all friendly and brotherly nations from Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo, Sarajevo, Baku and Nicosia…The hopes of the victims and the oppressed have won,” and, “Beirut has won as much as İzmir. West Bank, Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem have won as much as Diyarbakır. The Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans have won, just as Turkey has won.”[1] Thus, “Arab Spring” enforces Turkey to review its foreign policy in order to adjust its orientation to the new geopolitical regional environment.

There is consensus across the expert community that a new phase of the settlement in Transnistria was energized by the June 4-5, 2010 informal meeting between Russian President D. Medvedev and German Chancellor A. Merkel in the Meseberg Castle near Berlin. The key result produced by the talks was Russia's consent to a bigger EU role in the resolution of the conflict over Transnistria or – in absolutely precise terms – to an upgrade of the EU status in the process from an observer to an active player.

According to a recent New York Times article, Human Rights Watch released materials citing cases of gross abuse by anti-Gadhafi rebels in a mountainous area located in the western part of Libya. Incidents are reported to have taken place in the towns of Qawalish, Awaniya, Rayaniyah and Zawiyat al-Bagul seized over the past month by the rebels from the government forces.

For over a decade, many of the relevant academic journals are full of articles prophesizing the 21st as the Asian century. The argument is usually based on the impressive economic growth, increased production and trade volumes as well as the booming foreign currency reserves and exports of many populous Asian nations (with nearly 1/3 of total world population inhabiting just two Asian countries).

One of the paradoxes we are witnessing these days is that financial embarrassments hit the world's richest countries. The US Administration has no money for social security payments, while Brussels struggles to mobilize sufficient funds to keep its debt-ridden economies – Greece and Portugal – afloat and faces the prospects of bailing out Italy. Still, Obama has difficulty convincing the Republicans to authorize massive money-printing and to up the debt ceiling, and Brussels will hardly be able to arm-twist Berlin and Paris into acting as donors again, this time – in the interests of Italy, the third-largest European economy whose sovereign debt has swelled to the proportions of 120% of national GDP.

The so-called ‘Arab spring’, which started as a wave of anti-government riots in Tunisia and Egypt, is now developing in full accordance with the US scenario, its main aim being to reshape the geopolitics, which the Bush administration once described as ‘The Greater Middle East’ plan.

Last June, Russia's series of investment forums presented Moscow with an opportunity to unveil plans for a serious correction of its economic policies, and what seems to be at the bottom line is a radical departure from the concept of state capitalism.  It is unclear at the moment how the shift in priorities will help to improve Russia's economic climate, to make the country a magnet for investments, to boost innovations, or to launch the promised modernization, and personally I see no reasons for heightened expectations.

Any developments in Afghanistan and the adjacent region should be interpreted within a wider picture of Washington's geopolitical project known as the Greater Middle East, the plan to set up a Greater Pashtunistan being an integral part of the design. The idea predictably struck a cord with a considerable fraction of the Pashtun elite, while the Pashtunization of the Afghan administration, the process originally launched by H. Karzai's inner circle and independently gaining momentum ever since, is alarming and alienating the non-Pashtun part of Afghanistan's population.