Central Asia is Key. The vast untapped natural resources are in play. Russia would like to limit the regions productivity so as not to have more competitors for Chinese and EU markets for fuel and mineral customers. China desperately needs those resources to keep their economic machine rolling. The US/West want to have an influence in the region so as not to be economically steam rolled as it is surpassed by upcoming growing markets.
Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are on the front line.
The US will start reviewing their financial support to Pakistan. In which case China will step up and fill any gap if the US stops or reduces their support. Russia has recently raised a stink about US naval vessels in the Black Sea. Libya has become the EUs new ugly stepchild Frankenstein project. Syrian authorities are running scared. The whole dynamics of the region will look vastly different in the next 5 years or sooner. Hold on to your butts as new alliances are forged. The missile shield IMO has nothing to do with Iran or Russia for that matter. The US/West are putting this in place as other newer economic powers grow "China and India"
As the West is eventually eclipsed in affluence and global influence some feel that the missile shield would buy them some sort of security. 21st century Maginot Line?
Time will tell.
edit on 15-6-2011 by SLAYER69 because: (no reason given)