The Palestinian quasi–state and Middle East politics

The article of G. Kosach “The Palestinian quasi–state and Middle East politics” analyzes role and position of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the regional subsystem of international relations. The author describes the historical background of PNA formation and positions of regional actors (Arabic countries and Israel as well) concerning the possibilities of transforming this quasi–state into efficient state entity. The process of differentiation of these positions in the context of current
«Arabic revolutions» is emphasized.

Evolution of the Global Information Society: Security Aspects

Trends of the evolution of global information society depend on the information security. New lines of political conflicts and divides emerge in the global information sphere as a result of aggressive policy of states, which create plans of information wars and conflicts. However transnational nature of the information society creates interdependence and thus incentives for international cooperation in the field of information security.

EU assistance to third countries in peacekeeping and security

The article focuses on the EU activity in peacekeeping and security as one of the growing trends in European development and external assistance policies. The institutional structure and the dynamics of geographical and sectoral distribution of EU international assistance are analyzed. Particular attention is paid to the institutional and legal changes in the organization and conduct of EU joint military operations according to the Lisbon Treaty, as well as to the peculiarities of military administration and financing mechanisms for EU peacekeeping operations.

The lessons of Fukushima: Where Will the National Power Industry Proceed in Future?

The article is devoted to the problem of future scenarios of development of the Japanese nuclear power industry after the triple disaster, namely the increase in imports of hydrocarbons, the accent on energy-saving, and strengthening of renewable energy. The author comes to a conclusion that it is not possible for Japan to completely abandon nuclear energy in the foreseeable future.

Some peculiar properties of French–USA cultural relationship

Signed by Donald Morrison, an article under a sinister title “The Death of the French culture” published in the December 2007 issue of the “Time Magazine” is a starting point for the scrupulous analysis by the author of a delicate matter of French– American Love–Hatred in the context of so called “soft power”.

Cross-Border Cooperation between France and Italy or why it is Better not to Quarrel with Neighbors

The article in question deals with the actual cross-border cooperation between the France and the Italy which is characterized by the wide programs launched by the European Union. The author analysis the principal stages of the development of the cross-border contacts of this European region which is situated right in the heart of the Continent.

The Demarcation Process between Yugoslavia and Italy (1945-1974)

The problem of demarcation of the Yugoslav-Italian border, appeared in Europe at the end of World War II, but its premise began to take shape in the first quarter of the twentieth century, when Trieste and its environs became a part of Italy. With renewed vigor the problem of nationality of Istria and Venezia Giulia was manifested at the end of World War II in 1944, when People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia, led by Josip Broz Tito passed the old Italo-Yugoslav border, took the part of these areas with a mixed Italian-Slovenian-Croatian population (including Trieste) and faced with the Anglo-American forces in the north-east of Italy. In this way, Istria was included into Yugoslavia. Trieste area has become a "battlefield" where shared sphere of influence of great powers.