In the nearly two decades since the end of the Cold War, various ideas have been offered up to define the structure of the international system. With the end of the bipolar world as the USSR dissolved, it was fashionable to bandy about the idea of a unipolar world, as Charles Krauthammer dubbed it in a 1990 Foreign Affairs essay. This not just an academic question: your sense of how international affairs work guides your approach to foreign policy.
Since April 9, some Georgians have taken to the streets of Tbilisi calling upon President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Their numbers have dwindled, but a dedicated few still block major thoroughfares, populate tents outside the presidential residence and rally bigger crowds in front of Parliament.
Russian troops are a mere "25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended last year's brief war," Lynn Berry reports for AP. All indications are that Moscow is increasing pressure on President Mikheil Saakashvili amidst a protest movement.
Clive Crook pokes fun of President Obama for being perhaps a wee bit overly ambitious on both domestic and foreign affairs but admires his enthusiasm. He wonders, however, whether the various efforts to reset America's relations with the world constitute an "Obama Doctrine."
NATO forces thwarted two pirate attacks over the weekend. BBC reports that an attempted attack on a Norwegian tanker was "foiled by NATO warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the Gulf of Aden." Dutch commandos also freed 20 Yemeni fishermen who had been taken hostage, Reuters reports.