If the U.S. succeeds in getting Ukraine to face up to the proliferation threat that its nuclear capabilities still pose, then we might be on the road to restoring the U.S.-Ukrainian bilateral relationship. And if Russia proves to be a good partner in this effort, then it might open up important possibilities for the future. In particular, if this works, then maybe it will work on North Korea.
Muslim states are calling upon the West to support madrasa reform through financial aid. The recipe is to add contemporary subjects alongside the religious sciences in madrasa curriculum. But Madrasas will survive these reform efforts, just as they survived Western education during colonial rule; they derive influence from deep-rooted socioeconomic conditions that have proved resistant to change.
Major problems are delaying the otherwise successful collaboration between the U.S. and Russia to prevent the theft of poorly-secured weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and related materials, technologies and expertise in the former Soviet Union. Government failure to correct these problems threatens to leave vast stockpiles of nuclear and chemical weapons and biological agents vulnerable.