A Fact for Consideration…

I am recalling the report of a Brussels-based think-tank International Crisis Group (released on November 26), saying Sokhumi Wants UN to Stay in Face of Russian Troops Presence. As it was reported, Senior Abkhaz officials have privately told Western diplomats that they would like the UN observers “to stay on in some capacity, so they are not left solely with Russian troops.”
some Analysts already argue that Russians thought that having recognized the independence of Abkhazia, they deserve gratitude from the Abkhazians, but in fact they were mistaken.
No, I am not going to tell you anything more, it’s just a tip for your consideration….


After 60 years, wrestling to reinvent NATO’s mission

source chicagotribune.com

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States and Europe created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to try to ensure the mutual security of its members and bring lasting peace to Europe. Nearly 60 years later, that once well-defined mission has taken some extraordinary turns.
NATO soldiers today are fighting a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, protecting UN food ships from pirates operating offthe Somali coast and training police in Iraq. Last year, NATO forces helped train and airlift African Union troops into Darfur; the year before they flew relief supplies to Pakistani earthquake victims. A coalition that until 13 years ago had just 16 members and had never conducted a military operation now relies on troops from 26 member nations to operate multiple missions at once—missions not all the members agree on.
As President-elect Barack Obama takes office, one of his key jobs will be helping NATO—an organization that has seen its Cold War focus shift to more amorphous counter-terrorism and peacekeeping—hold together and remake itself for an age of new threats, from a nuclear-armed Iran to a resurgent, saber-rattling Russia.
"It’s the perennial problem: How do you reinvent NATO?" asked Robin Shepherd, a trans-Atlantic expert at Chatham House, one of London’s key foreign-policy think tanks. "Both sides of the Atlantic want to sustain NATO and keep its energy going, but there are difficult questions to answer."


And The Oscar Goes To…………………

NATO will not revoke its pledge made to Georgia and Ukraine and both countries will join NATO one day, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary-General Aurelia Bouchez stated, according to Hungary’s News Agency MTI. Addressing a NATO conference in Hungarian parliament, Bouchez said NATO needs Russia as a partner at the same time. "We should not make a choice between NATO enlargement and Russia as we need both," she added.
I wonder how are they gonna deal with it, cause I think she is right!

Опять про море, or NATO’s Eastern Promises

"Georgia and Ukraine split NATO members" – writes international Herald Tribune. NATO foreign ministers gather this week in Brussels, with the United States and Germany quarreling over just how much distance to keep fromGeorgia and Ukraine. The debate is ostensibly over the mechanisms through which Georgia and Ukraine will, at some point, become members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But the real debate is over relations with Russia.


The Economist Debates The West’s Response to Russian Assertiveness

Yestarday The Economist has started debating the West’s response to renewed Russian assertiveness. This event will last for two-weeks as part of an ongoing, Oxford-style Online Debate Series.
The proposition is, “This house believes the West must be bolder in its response to a newly assertive Russia.” What’s your opinion? With Russia’s recent incursion into neighboring Georgia, many Western governments are worried about the renewed Russian assertiveness. Is Russia’s intention to upset the current international order, or is it responding directly to the widening sphere of American influence in former Soviet countries? Can the European Union speak with one voice and take the diplomatic lead? Or must America protect the world order by standing up to Russia to prove that any form of aggression comes at a cost? Is this the dawn of a new Cold War?
Moderating this debate will be Robert Lane Greene, International Correspondent for The Economist. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will be weighing in for the proposition and Dmitri V. Trenin, Deputy Director, Senior Associate, Foreign and Security Policy, Carnegie Moscow Center will be arguing against the proposition.  Opening statements post on Tuesday, September 9 followed by rebuttals September 12 and closing statements September 17. A winner will be determined by popular vote and announced on September 19.
It is free to comment and vote but you must register first.
If you want to take part in this debate go to this link