Russia-Georgia conflict has brought a new change in the world affairs. The U.S had been pursuing a geo-political encirclement strategy against Russia to secure its own regional interests. So Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, etc were all welcomed in EU. Then revolutions (of various colours) took place in Ukraine & Georgia and door was opened for pro-US settlements in these places. After that, we heard about launching of a missile defence system by US in Poland & Czech Republic raising security fears in Russia. All these factors colluded to make Russia strike back which it duly did after Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia created an opportunity for it to set a new balance of power in the region. Russian forces quickly captured South Ossetia & Abkhazia and made them declare their independence. It was actually a befitting reply for the western-inspired 'coloured' revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. Russian President Medvedev's policy statement on September 1, 2008 was a clear rejection of US hegemony and showed a resolute will to build a strong constellation of allies in his region. Russia has emerged from this crisis as a resurgent world power. This will be the beginning of a bipolar, or multipolar, world. A balance of power will avert future opportunities for conflicts in the world and will provide for peace. -MUHAMMAD ASIF, Islamabad, via e-mail, September 20.