What role does the USAID play in contemporary Egypt after the January 25 Revolution of 2011? Contemporary experts question the US organization's ultimate goals, given that USAID has penetrated Egypt's publishing industry.
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.
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?