Internet freedom can nurture economic development as well as the development of democracy by encouraging political awareness. A vibrant, un-shackled Internet provides economic and political empowerment and opportunities.
The Middle East is headed towards a difficult phase -- a phase that requires President Barack Obama to stop delaying and postponing, because time now favors extremism and eruption.
If America hopes to 'reset the reset' with Russia, it will need to send more accommodating messages to Mr. Putin than it has.
Director Victor Ginzburg brings a deadpan, Strangelovian ambiance to his adaptation of Victor Pelevin's cult novel, and the result is a film that irresistibly draws you into its increasingly delirious world.
Putin is a victim of his own economic success. Prosperity and stability in the past decade helped create the new urban middle class, which now wants political change to match its economic achievements.
Two years ago, Turkey was on its way to being a player in Central Asia, a major power broker in the Middle East, and a driving force in international politics. What happened?
I've reported on Russian art from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, but a recent invitation to Ulyanovsk took me by surprise. It came from the Plastov Awards, which I had never heard of. I didn't know much about Ulyanovsk either.
Recent unrest in the Middle East highlights the importance of our strategic relationships in the region. A steadfast ally of the United States is Azerbaijan, and the United States must redouble its efforts to promote peace in this critical but unstable South Caucasus region.
President Barack Obama enters his second term with a pledge that will test either his resolve or his elusiveness, namely the Iran pledge, in which he vowed not to allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to become a nuclear state.
A bilateral negotiation on Iran's nuclear project is of fundamental importance to the quest for a solution for Syria; but such a negotiation would necessarily expand to encompass regional problems.
Any action plan for reforming Russia should include a full blown educational reform that would reshape the priorities of the teachers, and hence improve the outcome on the student side.
No miracle will occur on the day that follows Election Day in the United States next week, but world leaders will go to the strategic drawing board with the next President in mind.
It's one thing to learn about a foreign country through spy movies, outdated Cold War propaganda and sound bites. It's a whole different education looking a foreigner in the eye and listening to what they really think.
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a pioneer of photography in Russia and a pioneer of color photography. He was given the task of capturing the old Russia in images, on behalf of Czar Nicolas II in 1909.
I can hardly believe that I am back already from this amazing adventure through Russia, my family's homeland. To say that it was incredible would be an understatement, which is not a typical Russian trait!
The tendency towards isolationism and seclusion among the majority of the American people has entrenched the doctrine of Democratic President Barack Obama.