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Balkan-Euro Integration

January 2, 2012


Continuing our study of interdependence and stability is the ongoing integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union (EU). At the signing of a free travel agreement between Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, the Montenegrin Foreign Minister proclaimed, “we share a history, the present, but also a common future towards the EU.” The shared commitment […]

Capabilities, not clothes

June 20, 2011


Capabilities, not clothes Distinctions between military and civil services are unnecessary BY CMDR. MICHAEL HALLETT via AFJ, June 2011 Talk about the whole-of-government or comprehensive approach to complex operations such as post-conflict reconstruction often emphasizes that lasting success requires capabilities beyond those provided by the military. Indeed, a comprehensive approach is based on not only […]

New Wrinkle for Gates' Successor – Defense News

April 25, 2011


New Wrinkle for Gates’ Successor – Defense News. Both the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review and State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review identify weak or failing states as one of the core security challenges facing the United States. For this reason, the Pentagon now considers building the security capacity of partner states to be a […]

America in Africa: A light footprint | The Economist

April 15, 2011


Congress happily pays for weapons but despises weaselly diplomats and woolly development aid, yet they are vital to ensuring that arms stay sheathed. via America in Africa: A light footprint | The Economist. Kosovo

April 14, 2011


Kosovo’s success as an independent, multiethnic, and democratic state is critical to security and stability in the Balkans, a region whose peaceful development is vital to the United States’ broader strategic goal of building a Europe whole, free, and at peace. With this in mind, five priorities guide U.S. assistance: building the institutions of Kosovo’s […]

Albanian-American Enterprise Fund Returns $15 Million to U.S. Treasury | U.S. Department of State Blog

April 14, 2011


January 19, 2011, the Albanian-American Enterprise Fund (AAEF), recipient of a U.S. government grant, returned $15 million to the U.S. Treasury. This payback represented the successful completion of a program established by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1995 to promote the growth of the private sector in Albania and assist the country’s […]

The War on Soft Power – By Joseph S. Nye Jr. | Foreign Policy

April 13, 2011


Even the U.S. military doesn’t want to cut the State Department and foreign aid budget. So why is Congress playing a dangerous game with America’s global influence? via The War on Soft Power – By Joseph S. Nye Jr. | Foreign Policy.