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Oleg Khlopov: The resignation of Kofi Annan as UN special envoy to the Assad regime highlights the difficulty of effective international engagement. Despite the problems of diplomacy, Russia as a key player needs to rearrange its policy and work out a fruitful formula for Syria’s transition away from Assad.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Russia has supported President Bashar al-Assad, providing weapons, intelligence and diplomatic efforts to keep his government in power. Despite global condemnation of the Assad regime, Russia and China have vetoed three Security Council resolutions on Syria, preventing the imposition of sanctions on Assad's government.
Russia opposes the US' and the West's position on the Syrian crisis ...More
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Atlantic Community aims at connecting senior decision-makers with students and professionals. This is an exciting opportunity to ask the hard questions, speak your ideas, and hear directly from the NATO Deputy Secretary General.
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow is the Alliance's second most senior civilian leader. He has served for three years as the US ...More
Stanley R. Sloan: The American Euro-fatigue combined with a perception in Europe that Washington is losing interest in its affairs might mark the beginning of the end of transatlantic relations. Ignoring the significance in improving closer ties will only help to jeopardize European and American interests.
At a time when the United States and all its allies are looking at years of reduced resources for all kinds of discretionary government spending, including defense, American interest and faith in the transatlantic alliance seems to be fading fast. Is this a sign of permanent decline in the sense of "Atlantic community," or is it a temporary blip on the Euro-Atlantic radar screen, perhaps a case of Euro-fatigue?
For his part, President Obama is now four ...More
In 2000, the United Nations adopted a new strategy plan under the name Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with aims to tackle the most crucial problems of contemporary concern, to rethink the situation in failing states, and to find the right applications for improving the third and fragile world order. One of the primary goals indicated in the MDGs - the reduction of poverty levels in failing states - today plays a ...More
John Taylor: Although over 20 years have passed since the end of the Cold War, tensions between Russia and the West continue to exist. The West needs a new approach that takes into account Russia’s own foreign policy perspective and shows an understanding of its domestic challenges.
Russian foreign policy is often portrayed by Western foreign policy analysts as aggressive and unpredictable. This criticism usually carries with it the implication that Russia continues to be a threat to Western interests and that its long-term goal is to re-establish the power and prestige of the former Soviet Union. President Putin's public statements, in particular his assertion that "the collapse of the Soviet Union was the ...More
Daria Wiktoria Dylla: Romney has attacked current US security policy for a missile defense plan unfavorable to NATO allies in Central Europe. Especially Poland may be in a vulnerable position without the external security balance provided by the US, but the removal of troops will be compensated for by the positioning of missiles. Thus, Poland has nothing to worry about.
Mitt Romney and the experts close to his presidential campaign have repeatedly proclaimed that Barack Obama abandoned the US's close allies in Central and Eastern Europe when "scrapping" the Bush-era missile defence plans and resetting Washington's relations with Moscow. How important this argument in Romney's tactic of attacking the current US security policy is, coincides with the fact that Romney chose to visit Poland along with Israel ...More
Editorial Team: The United States and the European Union both have their share of illegal immigration. During times like these, of economic crisis and high unemployment, tensions around illegal immigration restrictions become especially salient. Do the US and the EU stand to learn anything from each other? How can they move forward with just and fair policies?
Illegal immigration, also called irregular immigration, is a pertinent phenomenon occurring all across the most developed countries in which immigrants take up or maintain unauthorized residence. Economic vulnerability, political instability, and ecological pressures have been known to drive emigrants to leave the countries of their nationalities and head elsewhere, most often to find work. We cannot deny that this global phenomenon is of ...More
Anna Morticelli: Even though EU policy grants member states substantial autonomy in matters of illegal immigration, a coherent across-the-board approach would be more effective. Illegal immigrants should be decriminalized and viewed as a resource, and their countries of origin should continue to receive financial support.
Over the last decade or so the EU has launched a series of legal provisions and policy documents containing the guidelines, objectives and legal instruments with which to operate in the fight against illegal immigration from third-world countries.The policy of the European Union to fight illegal immigration seems to be moving in two directions. On one hand it acts directly against the factors that generate emigration in the ...More
Franck Düvell: In the EU irregular migrants mainly enter legally and overstay whilst in the US they mainly enter clandestinely. Thus, in the EU, irregular immigration is primarily an internal control issue, whilst in the US it is primarily an external border control issue. In the EU where there are more regularizations and legal migration channels, there are less irregular immigrant populations. This seems like a viable solution.
The EU and the US are affected and respond to irregular migration in different ways generating different trends:
In the EU, there are 700 million international arrivals, including 13 million Schengen and UK visa holders (2010); each year, (detected) irregular immigrants represent around 100,000 (2010) to 150,000 (2011) or 0.021-0.031 percent of all international arrivals.In the US, there are 400 million ...More
Edward Alden: Increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration. Guest worker programs are a good place to start.
It is certainly too soon to say that the problem of illegal migration has been resolved in the United States and Europe. But over the past decade, it has been reduced from a major challenge to governmental authority to a manageable problem, largely as a consequence of weakening economies and expanded enforcement measures. The challenge for the near future will be to maintain that control as economies recover, and to do so in a ...More