As the conflict between Georgia and Russia unfolded in the Caucasus, the West found itself lacking any kind of meaningful riposte. In fact, the response from international bodies responsible for conflict management has been so timorous that it raises important questions regarding Europe’s collective security agreements.
Is the threat of UN-imposed economic sanctions on an oil-dependent country, widely regarded as the most effective way of bringing the nuclear programme to heel, really the only way of meeting the Iranian challenge?
Following 11 September, much has been said about the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) from ‘rogue states’ and the threat of terrorists acquiring them. However, far too little attention has been paid to Russia’s inadvertent role in the proliferation of WMD.