Western democracies fear Russia's power so much that the U.S. and the European Union are actively striving to prevent President Vladimir Putin from reintegrating the Commonwealth of Independent States countries into a Eurasian Union.
Azerbaijan caught the world's attention when it hosted Eurovision last month. Unfortunately, Eurovision did little to bring attention to a far more important matter: Azerbaijan's geopolitical situation in which the country is caught between the interests of Iran, the West and Russia.
In the wake of growing tension around Iran's nuclear program, 2012 looks like it will be another challenging year for both the United States and Russia. Perhaps the most difficult and time-consuming question confronting Washington and Moscow today is how best to proceed on Iran.