Israel in Epicenter «Arab Spring»

The «Arab spring», which started at the end of 2010 with the events in Tunis, is still far from its end. The political landscape of the Middle East is transforming dramatically. The region is facing new spots of confrontation and other threats and challenges to regional stability. What is the Israeli attitude to all these processes? Is the regional security structure mainly based on the Israel-Egypt and Israel-Jordan Peace Treaties likely to remain unchanged? In this article the author tries to answer these questions.

Political Stability in Central Asia: Prospects for Russia

After the collapse of the Soviet Union Central Asia faced the need to develop a new model of stability. The new model was constructed by independent states in the region with the participation of Russia and China. It had sustained by the beginning of the 2000s. However, during the 2000s, the regional system of collective security failed to prevent local outbreaks of instability in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, indicating that most of its focus on the fight against region–wide threats, than to fight threats to national level. It is necessity to work together to create a system that would not contribute to emergence of threats and to their further growing until the regional scale.

The Relations Between Russia and Romania Since 1989 in the Context of Their Foreign Policy Priorities

The article reviews the factors influencing the dynamics of the relations between Russia and Romania in the current two decades. It also specifies the periods when the constructive interaction between the two states was intensifying or becoming less active. The article also contains the analysis of the current state of affairs in the Russian- Romanian relations and the principal factors that have currently made them more complicated.

Unforgettable Michstep

The article represents personal recollections about an outstanding Soviet dip-lomat and orientalist Kapitsa Michail Stepanovich, who left a noticeable imprint on the history of relationship between USSR and China, India, Pakistan , Indonesia and other countries of Asian-Pacific region. Being the author of numerous research stu-dies, brilliant lecturer and charismatic personality, Kapitsa exercised a significant influence on the formation of Soviet diplomatic cadres and Orientalists. Kapitsa M. S. has been rightly reputed as one of the best experts on problems of the Asian Pacific Rim both in the USSR and abroad.

The Adoption of the ASEAN Charter and Its Influence on the Further Association Evolution

In 2007 facing the urgent need to legitimize the status of the organization, ASEAN countries have no alternative but to usher in a new era in the history of the Association: the ratification of the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia which pretends to be a leader of the Association has ushered in new initiatives concerning the full revision of the Charter lay-out. According to Indonesia’s wishes, the Charter aims to guarantee flexibility in the mechanism of decision making, create stability tool of human rights protection and suggest more freedom in the issue of posing sanctions against ASEAN members which neglect common rules such as Myanmar, for instance. But it occurred to be that Indonesia’s suggestions have been far cry from the reality.

Employment Abroad of the Russian Professional Sportsmen (the Legal Aspects)

In the article the author touches upon licensing/accreditation systems of activity of agents in professional sports. The given procedures are covered in detail concerning such game sports, as football, hockey, basketball. The author analyzes judicial proceedings with participation of the Russian sportsmen, which took place in foreign courts in 2005-2006 on the subject of the Russian player’s transition in a foreign sports club, and the consequences of such contract disputes for the Russian sport legislation. The investigation depicts the problem of a parity between the federal licensing system of agency services in employment of Russian citizens abroad, carried out by the Russian migration department, and local licensing/ accreditation systems of sports agents, carried out by the all-Russian sports federations.

The Legal Foundation of Restitution of the Cultural Property During the World War II and the Post-War Period

The displacement of cultural property during World War II and the post-war period. The legal basis for restitution (return) of cultural values. Restitution in kind. Summary: The article is dedicated to the problem of displacement of cultural property during World War II and the post-war period. The research is conducted to demonstrate a legal foundation of the procedure of restitution (return) of the cultural heritage. The post-war peace agreements are analyzed to reveal the fact that restitution in kind is not a legal novel, but an effective form of indemnification for cultural loss that has been employed over a long period of time.

nternational Will as a Type of a Will in French Civil Law

The French law governing the institution of wills is very detailed and elaborated. Therefore, it is interesting to study and to analyse it. So there are four types of wills in French Civil law: holographic will, authentic will, mystic will and international will. This article deals with the analysis of specific aspects of an international will.

Global Natural Gas Market: Current tendencies and Development Prospects

The paper presents an analysis of current situation and outlook for global natural gas market. Also considered are regional and sectoral aspects of production and consumption of natural gas, the prospects of pipeline gas, LNG and unconventional gas in the global gas market. Special attention is paid to the development priorities of the Russian gas industry.

The Experience of RAB-Regulation Implementation in Electricity Distribution Grid Companies

The article studies prerequisites for the implementation of regulated asset base (RAB) long-term tariff regulation in Russian electricity distribution grid companies and its economic and social consequences. It isshownthatconsistencyandunambiguityofregulation rules is crucial for the companies' capitalization growth and for their efficiency.