THE QUESTION

Russia has the oil card, the Iran card, and the missile card (or so it thinks). Is Russia using them to threaten the West, or is the West picking the fight?

Posted by David Ignatius & Fareed Zakaria on April 27, 2007 12:09 PM

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Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is a Senior Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a transatlantic public policy and grant-making foundation. He overseas the fund's policy programs. He was previously the Washington bureau chief of the German newsweekly, Die Zeit.

Authoritarian Bully Wants Respect

The most comforting interpretation of the disturbing new tone from Moscow circles around elections: Vladimir Putin is in his last year as Russian President and wants to be remembered as the man who stood up to goliath.

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff Germany | 0 COMMENTS
May 2, 2007 at 4:18 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Cold War Enemies Do Business Today

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 10 COMMENTS
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Stop the Fear Mongering

Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 8 COMMENTS
Soli Ozel teaches at Istanbul Bilgi University's Department of International Relations and Political Science. He is a columnist for the national daily Sabah and is senior advisor to the chairman of theTurkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association. He is the editor of TUSIAD's magazine Private View and the editor of the Turkish edition of Foreign Policy a journal published by the Carnegie Endowment in the USA.

Turks Flirt with Picking Russia over EU

Soli Ozel Istanbul, Turkey | 20 COMMENTS
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