CONTENTS

NEW BOOK BY THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Sergei Lavrov: Between Past and Future A. Oganesyan ...1

WORLD ISSUES

EU, Russia, CIS: The Demographic Dimension Ye. Kozhokin ...6

The International of Financiers, a Grave Digger of America S. Filatov ...23

Britain: Shoplifting or Looting? Criminality or Politics? E. Ananieva ...39

USA and the Islamic Republic of Iran: From Irangate to Armed Conflict M. Raku ...48

Arab Riots in the 21st Century: What Next? A. Podtserob ...58

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF INTERVIEWS

"Luckily, We Have Virtually No Enemies in the World Today" A. Denisov ...67

COMMENTARY AND ESSAYS

Global Governance: From Utopias to Practice F. Voytolovsky ...80

The Iron Law of Oligarchy, or Who Rules America E. Ponomareva ...101

The TAPI Gas Pipeline: Pro et Contra S. Afonin ...113

Historical, Military-Political and International Law Aspects of the Kosovo Problem P. Iskenderov ...121

Modernization, Ottoman Style A. Lukmanov ...133

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S COLUMN

Burying the Middle Class, or The Fall of the Golden Billion A. Oganesyan ...145

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Regulation of International Commodity Trade E. Khalevinskaya ...148

U.S. Anti-Corruption Policy on International Commodity, Service and Capital Markets A. Shakirov ...156

OPINIONS

East and West: Behind the "Veil of Ignorance" A. Oganesyan ...172

HISTORY AND MEMOIRS

Rafael Guerreiro da Cruz: A Portuguese Diplomat at the Russian Emperor's Court S. Mrochkovskaya-Balashova ...176

Retracing the Steps of the "Russian Spaniard" O. Egorova, A. Moiseev ...191

The Wall of 38 Years A. Torin ...212

Ten Years of the Center for the History of the Russian Diplomatic Service E. Pyadysheva ...226

BOOK REVIEWS

S.V. Kortunov. Russia in International Politics After the Crisis (in Russian) M. Bratersky ...232

Yu. Rubinsky. France: The Sarkozy Era (in Russian) M. Arazakanian ...237

Thilo Sarrazin. Deutschland schafft sich ab: Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen ...

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