With Libya in the throes of violence, anti-government unrest in the Middle East and North Africa is showing little sign of dying down. And in Egypt, the question remains if those fighting for reforms will get the change they crave.
Western nations are debating multi-billion dollar aid deals for what is seen as democratic and economic transformation in North Africa and the Middle East. But this is cash that many Europeans feel they do not have to offer.
In the information age and the internet era that we live in, for many people around the world Russia remains a mysterious and misunderstood land, often portrayed as an evil totalitarian state where only vodka helps people survive the eternal winter.