May 2010 - n° 730
Much of the tension and confrontation between states can be traced to resource shortages, and particularly to insecure food resources. Explaining how this affects an increasing proportion of mankind, and recalling the role that it has played historically, the author describes the latent food resource conflicts of our times, and sounds a warning.
The Russian Federation’s Foreign Minister writes on the indivisible nature of security in the Euro-Atlantic region. On the basis and in the spirit of the OSCE, he proposes the creation of a single juridical zone embracing all existing security frameworks. This is the chief objective behind the idea of a European Security Treaty.
The author continues his study of Iran and its implicit nuclear strategy by showing us the three circles of sanctuary that it contains. He shows to what extent this country, with its strong and ancient geopolitical identity, has managed to restore its rank at the centre of the geostrategic and geo-economic chessboard of the region.
The author gives a succinct overview of the strategic situation in Asia over the past four months, concluding that it has been generally stable, despite continuing struggles of various degrees of severity between different flavours of Islamic fundamentalism in South and South-East Asia, and some (surely temporary) increases in tension between China, Japan and the United States.
Neighbours and traditional military partners, with similar ambitions and responsibilities, France and the United Kingdom are subject to strategic constraints that bring them close together. The author argues in favour of a Franco-British response to twenty-first century conflict through the building of a new core of defence cooperation to which their European neighbours would surely be drawn.
Turkey’s foreign and security policy could be a real asset for Europe. As a veritable bridge between East and West, Turkey holds a key geostrategic position, and Europe would be wrong to deprive itself of such an asset. Read more