Is a new cold war brewing. To tell people the truth i think that russia is a bigger threat to global stability then say terrorism or a war in the middle east. It seems that since Vladimir Putin has taken control of russia he has increasingly flexed his muscles in an attempt to rebuild the soviet union.
Complete state control of media and natural resources, Murders and assasinations of people damaging to the government and the use of their gas reserves to blackmail former soviet states are just a few of incidents that have occured under putins tenure.
What is most worrying though is that russia could turn off the gas to europe plunging it into choas and at the moment the USA is so tied up in iraq and afghanistan they would struggle to have any brokering power. So does russia hold all the cards at the moment and are others concerned. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.