No end in sight to Moldova's political stalemate

After a walkout by opposition Communists, Moldova's parliament failed to elect a president in its second try since November, plunging Europe's poorest country further into uncertainty. READ MORE

Romanian president's re-election sparks allegations of fraud

President Traian Basescu has been re-elected in a neck-and-neck runoff against challenger Mircea Geoana. But his rival's party says there has been election rigging and will contest the result. READ MORE

EU unblocks trade deal with Serbia, paving way for membership talks

Serbia is one step closer to its goal of EU membership after the Netherlands agreed on Monday to unfreeze a trade agreement with the former Yugoslav republic, which has improved cooperation with the UN war crimes court. READ MORE

Target Practice In Copenhagen

By Eugene Robinson

Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn't with the science, it's with the solutions -- specifically, the carbon emissions targets that enlightened world leaders are pledging to meet. That's where the numbers don't add up. READ MORE

Patriots Appease Poland

By Jeremy Druker

Sometimes even a symbolic gesture carries a lot of weight, and the US’ decision to station troops and Patriot missiles in Poland, however minimal, is meant to stave off Polish defense fears and save political face. READ MORE

Russian Participation Within Uzbekistani Oil And Gas Industry: Main Problems, Forecasts And Risks

By V. Paramonov, A.Strokov, O.Stolpovksij

Considering the rapprochement of Russia and Uzbekistan observed in the middle of the first decade of the ХХIst century, the number of Russian companies, and first of all Gazprom and LUKOIL, managed to become leaders within Uzbekistani oil and gas industry and to “book” a number of biggest gas fields in the Republic being supported by the Government of the Russian Federation. READ MORE

Obama's Afghanistan Speech And Strategy

Foreign policy and political experts assess the president's speech. Below are responses from Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan, Matthew Dowd, Meghan O'Sullivan, Gilles Dorronsoro, Douglas E. Schoen, Andrew J. Bacevich, Ed Rogers and Dennis Kucinich. READ MORE

OSCE Meeting Discusses Russian Security Plan

Foreign ministers from Europe's main security organization met in Athens to try to work out a response to Russia's proposal for a new Euro-Atlantic security pact. READ MORE

OSCE Focus Moves To The East

By Leonid Gusev

Next year, in accordance with a decision made at the 15th OSCE Ministerial Council in November 2007, Kazakhstan will preside over the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Thus, a former Soviet republic will occupy this position for the first time. Under the circumstances, it would be natural to expect Kazakhstan to do all it can to consolidate its positions on the world arena. Its officials have already announced their intentions to include illegal immigration and drug trafficking on the OSCE agenda, problems that are particularly relevant for all CIS countries. READ MORE

Sweden Hits Out At US Ahead Of Climate Summit

By Leigh Phillips

As the UN Copenhagen climate change summit will hold in December. READ MORE