CONTENTS

The Rumors of an Imminent EU Collapse Are Premature A. Meshkov... 1

GOLDEN COLLECTION

Future of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Its Role and Challenges in the Muslim World Ekmeledcbi Ihsanoglu... 25

WORLD ISSUES

The NATO Operation in Afghanistan M. Konarovsky... 36

The New Silk Road Concept I. Sqfranchuk... 47

Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region Ye. Bazhanov... 56

The SCO: Elaboration of Strategy V. Vorobyov... 73

The 60th Anniversary of Korean Armistice G. Ivashentsov... 79

Food Security in the Context of G20 Priorities I. Shcherbak... 93

International Organizations vs. Terrorism O. Khlestov, A. Kukushkina, Sh. Sodikov... 103

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S COLUMN

Syria: Who Will Take Responsibility for the "Responsibility to Protect"? A. Oganesyan... 115

COMMENTARY AND ESSAYS

Soft Power, Russian Style: In Search of a Fulcrum V. Petrovsky... 118

The U.S. in World Rankings: Economic Indicators V. Supyan... 130

Italy in the Grip of Crisis: Change or Continuity? N. Arbatova... 143

Qatar's Gas Policy and Russia's Interests E. Kasaev... 159

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Multiculturalism: War or Peace? A. Oganesyan... 169

In the Spirit of Partnership: CIS Defense Ministers in Minsk M. Sevastyanov... 174

The Armenian Diaspora as a Transnational Actor D. Asatrian... 180

VIEWPOINT

Russia's Image in Ukraine L. Goussev... 186

INTERNATIONAL LAW

The Concept of the Responsibility to Protect: The Opinion of the International Law Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Presented by K. Gevorgian)... 196

Russia as an International Legal Personality V. Likhachev... 206

Constitutional Law as a Historical Source V. Surguladze... 216

INTERVIEW

Today's Challenges for the Russian Gas Industry Yu. Shafranik... 232

RUSSIA AND OTHER NATIONS

Russia-Jordan: 50 Years of Cooperation A. Kalugin... 236

Russia and Japan Viewed by an Interested Observer Ye. Shapovalova... 241

HISTORY AND MEMOIRS

Traditions of American Anti-Imperialism and the World ...

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