The Future of NATO

As anticipated (see EDM, July 11, August 4) Moscow has initiated an offensive military operation by proxy against Georgia in South Ossetia. Although the blow had been expected in upper Abkhazia and may yet materialize there, Russia shifted the direction of attack to the South Ossetian front.

Nouveau NATO by Andre Glucksmann and Bernard-Henri Lévy
Madame Chancello, Mr. President,
Nearly 20 years ago, we enthusiastically witnessed the most extraordinary event of the end of the 20th century: the fall of the Berlin Wall. A reunified Germany opened the way to the resurrection of the European continent. Then a wave of "velvet revolutions" brought down the communist dictatorships, one by one. We who have been unrelenting opponents of these iniquitous regimes since the long-ago days of the "New Philosophy," were thrilled by this magnificent celebration of freedom. And in spite of the naysayers, the purveyors of sour grapes, we were pleased to see in this unprecedented event the beginning of a new era.

At the Bucharest Summit, NATO allies deliberated the next steps in Georgia’s path to Euro-Atlantic integration. The result was that all 26 NATO members agreed upon Georgia’s future membership in the Alliance. This unprecedented decision marks a new phase in Georgia-NATO relations; the Government of Georgia is encouraged by this clear signal of trust and support. At the NATO
Foreign Ministers’ meeting in December 2008, the Alliance will decide on the application of tailored reform instruments—a Membership Action Plan—to prepare Georgia for membership. While Georgia looks forward to using MAP to accelerate its progress, the Government will redouble its own reform efforts with special emphasis on the upcoming parliamentary elections and the peaceful reintegration of Georgia’s territories.

Saturday, Oct 13, 2007, Page 9

The US has found an unlikely ally in the struggle to block what US commanders suspected to be Iranian weapons smuggling in this rural agricultural region southeast of Baghdad: soldiers from the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

September 10, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia's decision to double its number of peacekeepers in Iraq has prompted concerns at home about deploying more forces at a time when many contingents are reducing their sizes or withdrawing from Iraq altogether.

Since Tbilisi boosted its troop numbers two months ago, Georgia now has 2,000 troops in Iraq -- the third-largest presence in the coalition, after the United States and Britain.

But in spite of the conflicted public opinion, for the Georgian military the Iraq operations are an opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience -- and bolster Tbilisi's case for entering NATO.

One Georgian commander, Major Zaza Kvaraia, arrived in late July in the eastern Iraqi town of Al-Kut to prepare accommodations for the 2,000 Georgian peacekeepers deployed to combat illegal weapons smuggling.

It's a sensitive operation that involves working alongside Iraqi troops in Wasit Governorate, close to the Iran-Iraq border.

"If we seriously want to become members of the alliance, naturally we have to assume partial responsibility and operate like the alliance members do." -- Defense Minister David Kezerashvili

But Kvaraia, who has previous experience as a part of a peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo, says the situation remains quiet as the troops wait for direct operations to begin.

Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
A unique set of security issues has emerged from Russia's northwest strategic direction in the post-Cold War era.[ 1 ] The conjunction of Russian transformation and crisis has recast security issues in the Baltic and Nordic regions, reducing the risk of military conflict but raising a host of issues associated with Russia's Baltic relations, especially the status of the Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia and the dangerous legacy of a nuclearized Kola peninsula. The Western response to these issues, particularly in the Nordic countries and international institutions, has introduced a new subregional security system in Europe.

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs
Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Washington, DC
June 22, 2007
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Chairman Lantos, Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen, members of the Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you our thoughts on NATO.