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Remziye Yilmaz: Despite all efforts to have a fully-fledged strategic partnership between the EU and NATO, such a genuine strategic partnership has still not been achieved because of various obstacles. Cyprus conflict is one of the main obstacles that have decreased EU-NATO cooperation in the context of security and defense.
At the political level, the conflict has caused restricted participation, narrow agenda and informal meetings between the two organizations. Since Turkey does not recognize the ‘Republic of Cyprus' officially and Cyprus has not concluded the PfP agreement with NATO, Turkey does not allow the Greek Cypriot Administration to attend the EU-NATO meetings. Because Cyprus is not at the table, the EU does not want to discuss any ...More
Editorial Team: Adrian Kendry is NATO’s Senior Defense Economist and works in the Emerging Security Challenges Division. In our latest Q&A, he takes your questions on the interaction of economic and security challenges. Watch his opening statement.
In an exclusive video statement for atlantic-community.org,
Adrian Kendry describes austerity as a major source of not just economic but
also social instability in different parts of Europe. Moreover, the aging of populations,
falling birth rates and the shrinking of the working-age populations will increase
pressure on public deficits and decrease economic activity and tax revenue. Thus,
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ...More
Jahja Esli & Boneva Boyka: NATO’s Open Door Policy was reaffirmed at the last Chicago Summit. However, its doors remain firmly closed for Macedonia which has been aspiring membership since 1999 and continues to contribute more than its fair share to missions. Fearing another regional conflict imported into the Alliance, NATO remains vague on any commitment to accession.
It would serve several of NATO interests if FYR
Macedonia joined the Alliance, following the same pattern of benefit, as with
the Eastern European Enlargement when former Soviet satellite states and Warsaw
Pact members were "absorbed" as a strategic leverage against Russia. Macedonia
should also join NATO in order for the Alliance to remain relevant and excuse
its otherwise obsolete existence; NATO has to enlarge and expand its
Tabish Shah: Academics, analysts, and the international community have all recognised Putin’s increasing re-centralisation of the federal system in Russia, and have duly voiced concern over whether the extent of this re-centralisation is bordering on the undemocratic.
In a federal system of government, power over the same people and geographical area
is shared between two or more governments consisting of an overarching national
central government and a series of regional governments. In theory, both
national and regional governments are equally bound by the country's
constitution, and the point of this resultant sharing of power is effectively
to facilitate dialogue between regional and ...More
Tornike Zurabashvili: The unexpected Georgian elections opened up discussion on the possible future of Georgian-Russian relations. Anticipating Georgian withdrawal from its western ambitions is largely exaggerated; there are numerous reasons why a radical change in relations cannot and should not be expected with the new government in power.
The 2012 parliamentary election in Georgia grabbed extraordinary foreign media coverage, and for a reason. Above all, many in Europe and the United States considered the election a potential remedy for Georgian democracy’s deteriorated image and a test of the country’s further democratic credentials. The fair and peaceful conduct of Election Day, thanks largely to the professionalism of the local electoral administration ...More
Editorial Team: Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović has answered ten questions from atlantic-community.org members and friends. Read her responses on NATO policy on women’s rights, UN resolution 1325, Afghanistan, Arab spring, and the Balkans.
We are thrilled to present the answers of our exclusive Q&A with NATO's
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Kolinda
Grabar-Kitarović. We received 52 questions on the topic of Women, Peace and
Security from 34 individual participants in 20 different countries and seminars at the University of Malta and the Anglo-American
University in Prague. The editorial team has selected ten ...More
Jason Bradley: With two overseas wars winding down, the United States will reevaluate its position in the world with a new strategic focus. Now more than ever, the United States must concentrate on stability, security and balance. Realism offers the solution for these goals without conflict and protracted wars.
There will be a time when America will have to rethink its foreign policy.
Perhaps that time is already upon us as our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan draw
to a close. The Middle East has shown, beyond our best intentions, that a
foreign policy based on moral concerns can actually do more harm than good. In
spite of the considerable resources of the United States, the regimes in the
Middle East proved to be impervious to reform. Consequently, the United ...More
Alexander M Battaglia: The Atlantic Initiative and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation organized a breakfast in Berlin to watch the US election results, concession and victory speeches. The majority of the 300 mostly young people seemed overjoyed that Barack Obama had won, yet looked upon the next four years with a weary and restrained hope.
Waking up at 5:40 AM I
quickly raced out of bed, booted up my desktop computer, and loaded up the BBC
News' website. I was greeted by an image of people ecstatically celebrating
accompanied by an overly large and bolded caption reading, "Obama
re-elected as US president," With only this knowledge in mind and knowing
none of the finer details, I made my way over to the Heinrich Böll Foundation's
zum Weißen Haus": an event ...More
NATO: 19 NATO and partner nations enhanced their interoperability at the US Army Europe’s training event “Sabre Junction 2012” in Grafenwoehr, Germany. 6,000 personnel and hundreds of military aircraft and vehicles participated in the month-long exercise. It was the largest of its kind in Germany since the end of the Cold War.
Source: NATO's Youtube Channel
More information about: Interoperability: Connecting NATO Forces
Atlantic-community.org's web module "NATO's Agenda" is sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Division of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. We encourage you to comment and submit op-ed articles with your analyses and policy recommendations for "NATO's Agenda."
Balazs Martonffy: The nuclear submarine fleets of Britain and France are in need of replacement. Both countries and their defense industries should build a single co-produced platform. This “Eurosubmarine” might initially be designed to fully replace each nation’s fleet in an economical way, but could eventually lead to a joint European nuclear deterrent.
Amidst the financial crisis, European nations have attempted to consolidate resources to tailor their defense capabilities to more efficiently meet the emerging security challenges. Cooperation has become the buzz-word in Europe, with the EU’s Pooling and Sharing Initiative and NATO's Smart Defense both emphasizing the notion of "doing more with less." In his opening remarks at the NATO Defense Minister's meetings in October, Secretary General ...More