THE QUESTION

Is the Georgia war the start of a broad Russian push to regain its empire? How should the world "contain" this new Russia?

Posted by David Ignatius on August 12, 2008 11:35 AM

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Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

A Lost Opportunity

The West missed an excellent opportunity to win over Russia after the Cold War.

Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 18 COMMENTS
Aug 14, 2008 at 1:50 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 Lessons Not Learned

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 30 COMMENTS
Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (SciDev.net), a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level.

Russia's Dangerous Hypocrisy

Njoroge Wachai Kenya | 22 COMMENTS
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Georgia Won't Be the Last

Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 27 COMMENTS
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» MikeB | One thing we not ought to be doing is tradinf with Russia, transferring technology and jobs there. Furthermore, we need to cut off trade and technolog...
» henrique, germany | Its time for the USA to abandon the one-sided and narrow-minded perspective of the world. The georgians have attacked without any scrupels and have no...
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