Barack Obama gave his traditional annual address before the US Congress, where he stressed that the US is officially worried by Russia and China – particularly that these countries don't upset the US's monopoly in the international arena, or overturn the New World Order, far more than thoughts about the struggle against international terrorism.
The EU and the US have lifted Iran economic sanctions following the IAEA confirmation that the Islamic republic complied with its obligations under the nuclear deal. Yet who will benefit from the the lift of these sanctions and why Iran is not considered a nuclear threat no more?
By fighting with the secular regimes of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad - the US faces these countries being taken over by Islamists. A strong collective Islamist movement has taken over Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. It has leaked into Turkey, Indonesia, and Africa. And now threatens Saudi Arabia, meanwhile gradually penetrating into Europe.
The ball is clearly in the court of the 'Baghdad Quartet' – the anti-terror coalition of Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Moscow and Washington maintain their entirely contradictory views on how to resolve the Syrian crisis, yet they are united in a common purpose – annihilating Daesh. Will 25 January Syria talks get off the starting blocks?
At the Democratic debates, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that she did not exclude the new reset with Russia in the case of her victory, if she realizes what she can get in return. Clinton shows a realistic approach, which is welcomed by Kremlin, but she can change her rhetoric part way through her election campaign.
On January 12 a suicide bomber carried out an attack in central Istanbul killing 10, and injuring 15. Meanwhile CFR think-tank reports that the US dropped 23,144 bombs on 6 Muslim countries in 2015. How effective are these airstrikes?
What are the possible developments of US foreign policy in 2016? Despite the fact that the focus of the presidential campaigns during 2016 will be taken up by domestic policy issues, the decisions of the American leadership on foreign policy and security will nevertheless exercise considerable influence on domestic political affairs.
2015 brought the US and Russia into a growing standoff. Meanwhile, crisis of mistrust not only occludes the chance of collaboration in areas which offer real opportunities, such as the struggle against ISIL, but could prompt dire yet unintended clashes – including between the US and Russia. Is there any hope for at least a thaw in the future.
The US intends to use its ISS experience for the flight to Mars. Russia promotes the idea of flights to the Moon. In 2017, Japan will host an international conference, in which representatives of the countries will discuss prospects of space exploration. In what form will Japan participate in the extended operations of the ISS?
Coca-Cola published a New Year map of Russia on the web – producing a torrent of protest in Russia, then a boycott by Ukraine. The whole thing came down to whether Crimea should be shown as a part of Russia – or not?
Deploying soldiers into Iraq and downing Russian SU-24 bomber are the two recent events that have marked Ankara's failure. If Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr is an 'internal matter', why condemn Egypt? Meanwhile the foreign and domestic policies of the ruling party destroy Turkey's interests, Ankara has to pay for it.
According to reports by China's CCTV, on January 5 the US Navy issued a communiqué, claiming that after the end of the Cold War, the US Navy has faced no rivals at sea. Yet China's rising military might, alongside Russia's, now means that America's navy now faces a foe for the first time in 25 years.
There's more talk of World War III. Pope Francis, who recently returned from a trip on which he faced many forms of warfare, said he saw - "a world filled with fighting," "a war-torn world." But how does a world war come into the picture in the light of recent events? Currently there are three conflicts that can provoke a global war in the world.
Twenty first century marks the beginning of a new era when geographical and political maps and borders of the Middle East will be revisited and reviewed. Just as during the phase of the Sykes-Picot agreement that came as a result of the World War I which witnessed the ascension of new empires and the collapse of others.