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“Raúl Castro does not lose any possibility of criticizing American foreign policy towards Russia, the enlargement of NATO and the sanctions against Russia. The [Cuban] mentality of being principal may be too rigid, but people who are friends of Cuba can rely on Cuba” –  Santiago Pérez Benítez, Researcher of the Research Centre for International Policy. 


“In winter 2014 I expect the security situation to get worse. By the time the campaign against Islamic State is over we will see the group becoming active and stronger outside Syria and Iraq just like Al-Qaeda before. Libya will become hub for terrorism and its transition will become even more complicated than it has been. The USA might find itself sucked into an endless conflict in the region and light as well decide to go back to Iraq under whatever pretext”, - Independent Libyan Academic, Journalist, Mustafa Fetouri.


“In my opinion, we will witness a decade of bad relations between Russia and the United States and Russia and the West in general. In the short term there are no factors that could have a positive impact on this relationship. In fact, the deterioration is just beginning, but the depth, sharpness and the scope of the process is not yet known to us. The current US administration is unlikely to work on improving the US-Russian relations, because it is completely unnecessary for them. The next administration in Washington will grandfather the damaged relationships and I think it will have a good chance to continue to worsen them. The same, however, is true for the Russian side”, – President of the Center on global interests, Nikolai Zlobin.


“Economic and commercial relations of Latin American countries with the United States, Western Europe and China will continue to shape foreign and security policy in the region. Good relations will continue to reveal among Latin American countries in general and there is little likelihood of tension or strife. Colombia seems to be on a solid path of internal pacification, although pockets of insurgence and terrorism still remain”, – Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012) Sergio Duarte.  


“Memorandum of Understanding between Iran and Argentina on joint investigation of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA in 1994), which took the life of 85 people, became one of the most varying events in Latin America and showed the strength of Iranian penetration in the region. It was signed in January, and ratified in February by the Argentine Congress with the sole endorsement of the Kirchner’s party representatives. Previously several prominent Iranian leaders from the Hashemi Rafsanjani government were accused to have been sponsors and facilitators of this attack carried out by Hezbollah”, –  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“It is the third important fact of the last few months that the Syrian civil war has continued unabated. On the one hand, the fighting continues, maybe with an increasing dominance of the government forces of Bashar al Assad. On the other, the Syrian government had to accept the accord achieved in the UN Security Council to give up on its chemical weapons. It is most important of all that after 17 months of constant disagreement in the Security Council, cooperation returned there among the main actors”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.  


“Despite the fact that South American countries have in the past period evolved positively toward greater internal stability and an improved international climate of understanding and cooperation prevails in the area, some threats to internal democratic institutions still remain in a few states. However, these do not seem to be as serious as to influence negatively the security situation of the region as a whole”, - Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Sergio Duarte. 


“Because of the effectively weakening military-strategic partnership, the USA has launched a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union. This may well be a recognition of the fact that the future relationship between the USA and Western Europe will focus more on economic aspects rather than on military matters. This will be particularly noticeable after the significant reduction of the foreign military presence in Afghanistan”, - Pál Dunay, Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy.


“The civil war in Syria and, in particular, the fact that jihadist elements have become more assertive is a major negative development. I would call attention to the sustained attacks by Salafis al-Nusra brigades against the Kurds in northeastern Syria since last November as a particularly dangerous development. Developments in Iraq are also a source of concern. The standoff between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq is getting closer to an open confrontation, and recent terrorist attacks in northern Iraq are an ominous sign,” - Halil Karaveli, Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.


“The agony of the Palestinian national movement becomes evident. Suicide attacks against Israel, and readiness for a complete break up with it are parts of the strategy of external sponsors of terrorism (Hamas) to end the Oslo process without Palestinian side (PNA) fulfilling it part conditions. In fact, the new round of conflict was provoked in order to get the status of UN statehood circumventing the Oslo agreements, that Yasser Arafat pledged implement by 1999”, -  President of the Institute of Middle East Studies Evgeny Satanovsky.