Strategic Survey 2010: The Annual Review of World Affairs has special essays on US Nuclear Policy, US Defence Policy and Europe’s Evolving Security Architecture. There is also an extensive examination of Latin America’s growing global influence, an essay on the nature of domestic Iranian politics and its impact on nuclear negotiations, an analysis of the competing agendas within the South African ANC, a survey of the competing interests that China seeks to balance in its external relations, an appreciation of the current situation in Russia and several other chapters on regional politics and security. The Strategic Geography section assesses subjects as diverse as the extent of India’s Naxalite rebellion, Thailand’s political turmoil, the effects of disasters such as the Chilean and Haitian earthquakes, the position of the so-called BASIC countries on climate change, and the diversity of the territories from which al-Qaeda and its franchises operate.

Strategic Survey 2010: The Annual Review of World Affairs has special essays on US Nuclear Policy, US Defence Policy and Europe’s Evolving Security Architecture. There is also an extensive examination of Latin America’s growing global influence, an essay on the nature of domestic Iranian politics and its impact on nuclear negotiations, an analysis of the competing agendas within the South African ANC, a survey of the competing interests that China seeks to balance in its external relations, an appreciation of the current situation in Russia and several other chapters on regional politics and security. The Strategic Geography section assesses subjects as diverse as the extent of India’s Naxalite rebellion, Thailand’s political turmoil, the effects of disasters such as the Chilean and Haitian earthquakes, the position of the so-called BASIC countries on climate change, and the diversity of the territories from which al-Qaeda and its franchises operate.

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  • Events at a Glance

    July 2009–June 2010 July 2009 5 China: Rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in northwest China, leaving more than 180 dead. Uighurs were protesting after a brawl in a factory in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, involving Uighurs and Han Chinese. Unrest continues for several months. 13 Turkey: An agreement is signed between Turkey, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to construct the Nabucco gas pipeline through southeastern Europe...
  • Chapter 1: Perspectives

    Two challenges dominated international affairs in the year to mid-2010. The first was the task that the Western world had assumed of bringing order to Afghanistan – a task that seemed to be hitting its political and military limits. The second, essential to ensuring prosperity in the second decade of the twenty-first century, was dealing with the continuing aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Here, the recovery in global economic...
  • Chapter 2: Strategic Policy Issues

    US Nuclear Policy Transformed US President Barack Obama promised in a seminal speech in Prague in April 2009 to put nuclear disarmament at the centre of the national-security policy of the United States. This undertaking took longer to find traction than he hoped. The first element of his strategy – a new arms-reduction pact with Russia – was not agreed until four months after the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)...
  • Chapter 3: The Americas

    The United States: Obama’s New Balance During President Barack Obama’s first year-and-a-half in office, he was preoccupied by domestic exigencies, principally managing the United States’ economic recovery from the collapse of 2008 and getting his signature health-care reform bill through a resistant Congress. With the US economy probably a year out of recession as of June 2010, and the health-care bill passed, he appeared to have met these priorities quite...
  • Chapter 4: Europe

    Months after the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) signed up to the Lisbon Treaty, agreeing to reform and streamline the Union’s structure so that it was better fitted for the future, Europe was struck by a crisis that threatened to destroy one of its bulwarks. The euro, adopted as a single currency since 1999 by 16 countries which form the ‘eurozone’, had always been vulnerable to divergences...
  • Chapter 5: Russia

    The past year did not see dramatic developments in Russia by comparison with the previous two years, in which Vladimir Putin had retained the reins of power while passing the presidency to his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, and Russia had sent its forces into Georgia. There were no political upheavals, and Moscow was much less activist and assertive on the international stage. Following a severe recession, the early months of...
  • Chapter 6: Middle East/Gulf

    In the year to mid-2010, Iran’s continuing defiance of international pressure provoked a new round of United Nations sanctions. The Middle East saw setbacks, and no progress on the path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Iraq’s political processes were precariously balanced, and the Gulf was beset by worries about Iran and financial stability. Iran: Domestic Turmoil Thwarts Nuclear Deal The political turmoil that engulfed Iran after the disputed 12 June...
  • Chapter 7: Africa

    As of mid-2010, the prevailing sentiment in Africa was cautious optimism. In early 2009, there had been fears that the global recession would engulf Africa’s economies and lead to increased conflict. To be sure, the continent was suffering financial malaise. Africa’s economies contracted by 3% in the first half of 2009 as commodity prices fell and investment dipped. The recession hit South Africa especially hard, as the depressed commodity prices...
  • Chapter 8: South and Central Asia

    The contrasts to be found in the region became more marked during the year to mid-2010. While India’s economic powerhouse marched on, violence deepened in Pakistan and little progress seemed to be made against the insurgency in Afghanistan. Western leaders were increasingly looking for political solutions that would enable them to call time on the foreign combat presence in Afghanistan. Pakistan: Facing Up to Insurgency Pakistan saw continuing high levels of...
  • Chapter 9: Asia-Pacific

    China: Balancing Competing Interests As the world continued to suffer the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, China emerged from the rubble more quickly and successfully than most other countries. The world’s third-largest economic power made impressive economic gains and continued to be the leading financier of America’s fast-growing debt. The rapid rise in Chinese influence over the past year had two somewhat conflicting effects on...
  • Chapter 10: Prospectives

    The post-2008 economic crisis at first inspired the near-universal appreciation of a global challenge and the need for a response shaped by intergovernmental coordination. By mid-2010, however, Asians were referring to the recession as a ‘transatlantic’ financial failing and the G20 had to accept that each country would judge for itself whether it would continue with fiscal stimulus or embark on dramatic austerity budgeting. This geo-economic international trend also had...
  • Strategic Geography

    Global Issues Europe Africa Asia-Pacific The Americas
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