Since 9/11, targeted executions of terrorist leaders have become one of the most important options to face this threat. This controversial practice has been used by the US, Russia, Colombia, Israel and other states.
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Since mid '90s, Azerbaijan has traditionally been one of the main Euro-Atlantic partner in the volatile post-soviet region. Building on its relevance as energy producer and key energy transit state, Baku pursued a firm pro-Western foreign policy which facilitated US, NATO and EU engagement in the area.
In recent years, international intervention in Afghanistan has shown that the connection between democratisation and exit strategies is a problematic one that is also contradictory in terms of many aspects. Broadly speaking, the founda-tion of an autonomous democratic regime is the goal at which international presence will no longer be necessary. However, in Afghanistan that very process of democratic state-building, combined with the campaign to counteract the insurrection of the Taleban, sets limits in the planning of an exit strategy.
<p style="text-align: justify;">“East Asia” shows signs of integrating into a more coherent conomic area, and some optimistic observers even envisage a political unit in the making. The author argues that integration in Asia is necessarily limited because it is essentially a series of overlapping statedirected initiatives without a clear overarching vision, and with low civil society participation. </p>
Yukio Hatoyama whose Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won a landslide general elections victory over the incumbent Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) 9 months ago announced to resign yesterday citing his failure to resolve a dispute over a US military base relocation agreement and party funding scandals involving himself and several other party friends and foes.
The election in Ethiopia that will take place on Sunday the 23rd of May 2010 will mark an important step in the country. In fact, the previous elections, in 2005, can be considered the first ones that have challenged the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, grip on power. The 2005 elections turned out ugly: the opposition, framed in a credible way for the first time, suffered a violent repression that has weakened its present ability to perform its core task.
Kuchma's 2004 costitutional reforms actually prevented any meaningful reform and left the oligarchs in their place. On his part Yushchenko, victim of his own desire to find a compromise with the old power, vetoed a second round of privatizations, which would have limited the oligarchs, causing a fierce contrast with Tymoshenko and her dismissal.
After his election, Yanukovych made approve an uncostitutional modification of the parliamentary regulations, strengthening his role to the detriment of other institutions.
The European Union intends to take on a worldwide leadership role in the fight against climate change, and in the development of renewable energy sources. The ambitious ’20, 20, 20’ objectives (binding) for the end of 2020 are proof of this European commitment, which is also linked to the desire to create growth and employment opportunities through the development of the green economy.
The BCIM Forum (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) has attempted to link the plans of the Chinese Government for the development of the South-Western backward Provinces, notably Yunnan, to India's “Look East Policy”.
Centuries ago Bengal, Northeast India, Myanmar and Yunnan were more integrated politically and economically than they are today.
Voters in the United Kingdom go to the polls on 6 May in what has been the closestfought general election in a generation. The Labour Party is losing its grip on power but David Cameron’s Conservatives will struggle to secure an overall majority.