Nr 112 • Detsember 2012

Estonia and the world in the past year – fifty-sixty

It has become customary during the past years to use the term fifty-sixty while assessing situations that may possibly occur. In that case we mostly talk about predicting the future, but the meaning of passing events is not always clear in our minds either. There is a simple reason for that. It has been a while – or indeed there may never have been such a time in the history of the world – since events were influenced by so many multi-level factors that no ordinary equations or theoretical assessment models seem to work.

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Russia-U.S. Relations after the Reset

Barack Obama’s re-election as U.S. president, while representing the Kremlin’s desired outcome, will not invariably lead to major improvements in near-term Russia-U.S. relations. As its name implies, the Obama ‘reset’ was a quick, necessary, and largely successful fix to a badly frayed bilateral relationship that had reached its post-Cold War nadir in the last years of the George W. Bush administration due to the disputes over missile defence, NATO membership enlargement, and the war in Georgia.

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This issue of Diplomaatia looks back at the year 2012 in Europe and the world, highlighting some of the globally relevant developments and trends of our time.

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