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The ongoing crisis of global governance naturally turnes the spotlight on the role and potential of the UN. The collapse of the bipolar system, the unipolar world inability, the mounting pressure of global challenges, the lingering financial crisis altogether created a climate of heightened expectations around the UN. While broad consensus exists on the need for the reform - controversy persists virtually over the reform’s every practical aspect.

A conference on Libya convened in London on March 29 and was attended by representatives from 40 countries which had voted for UN Security Council Resolution 1973. The panel included such dignitaries as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his Libya envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, US Secretary of State H. Clinton, French foreign minister Alain Juppé, etc.

Three months after the outbreak of the carefully arranged foreign-backed mutiny in Libya, it transpired that the plan to topple the regime in the country as it had been done almost effortlessly in Tunisia and Egypt was not going to materialize. The failure clearly left the plan’s authors in a state of paralysis. As of today, the amount of criticism drawn by Bahrain where doctors and nurses ended up in jails and were tortured for having treated those injured during the clashes in the country regardless of which side they belonged to is minimal, and the UN seems to have nothing to say about Yemen and Syria where weeks of fighting led to a death toll comparable to that in Libya.

Have you ever heard of tempered glass? When you break it, it crumbles into small chunks. Or imagine a ball lying in a pit: it looks as if perfectly fixed inside the pit but once you touch it slightly, it runs down- nobody can predict where exactly. There is also another example from if you please: the phenomenon of compression and rarefaction in the strength of materials. 

Even as we talk of the great triumph over Nazis in World War II, discuss the global impact of the Soviet people's victory, and say that it irreversibly transformed the world, we often fail to appreciate the extent of heroism of Soviet soldiers and the proportions of the changes it helped to bring about. Debates over World War II explainably focus on military aspects of the historical drama – the battles, the armed forces involved, and the commanders  - but it should not evade us that the war was driven by geopolitics which is expressed in profound categories of historical epochs, continental spaces, and world civilizations.

On the eve of the anniversary of the triumph over Nazis, we are reliving step by step the Soviet people's march to the great victory.  It took years of fighting – in deep defense and in fearless attacks -  to go all the way from the first battles at the border of the USSR to the glorious moments when Berlin was finally taken and the red flag was put atop the hills of Port Arthur.

Analysis of international political and military situation and the information shows that in the modern world, several developed countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, India and China) are actively increasing their efforts to achieve global dominance in the information field, which leads to strengthening the entire spectrum of strategic threats for security of Russian Federation.

Think of the irony of it. Osama bin Laden was finally tracked down not in the lawless wilds of Afghanistan but in the teeming Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is hardly 50 kilometers away as the crow flies from the headquarters of the military establishment in Rawalpindi. Abbottabad has been traditionally from the British times a city with a high concentration of serving and retired military people.

Washington is interested in starting broad discussions with Moscow on further reduction of strategic nuclear arsenals. The announcement was made by Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for arms control, as she spoke at the Naval Academy in Annapolis last week. In her speech she made it clear that the U.S. seeks cuts to nuclear weapons stockpiles and solid cooperation with Moscow on anti-missile defense.

Creeping of instability and political revolts in the Arab East has given birth to expectations that the democratic wave will soon reach North Korea as well. Indeed: if there is no chance to change the political regime in North Korea by using military force so why not to choose less risky and not so expensive way do it – for example by providing “assistance” to the North Korean people who are yearning for democracy?