Autor: Mark Joyce
BritainÂs integration into the EU
The departure of Tony Blair could mark a new beginning for UK-European defence and security relations. But European nations Â- and especially Spain Â- must do more to convince Britain of the benefits of closer integration. After nearly a decade in power, Tony Blair is preparing to step down as Prime Minister of the UK. Barring any major political shocks - an important caveat in age of constant terrorist threats - Blair will be succeeded in the summer by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. The new Prime Minister will then have around two years in office before facing a general election in 2009 or, at the latest, 2010.
Africa's New Hegemon. From Cape to Cairo via Beijing
Hu Jintao, president of China, has just completed an eight-nation tour of Africa--a visit that comes on the heels of a meeting in Beijing attended by some 40 African heads of state. Both the recent visit and the Beijing summit on China-Africa cooperation in November reflect China's determination to establish itself as the benevolent, non-Western continental hegemon, concerned about the plight of historically impoverished and exploited African lands.
Brown hints at a shift in the 'special relationship'
On Jan. 12, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain gave his first major speech of 2007 in a Royal Navy amphibious assault ship. Surrounded by armored vehicles and a carefully selected audience of defense-industry grandees, he outlined his priorities for British security policy.