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Citizen Digital Diplomacy?

February 8, 2014

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Yesterday, my morning started with an exchange with Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petrit Selimi regarding potential naming conventions of their future armed forces. I suggested to Mr. Selimi that perhaps in a traditional sense of civil-military relations it was inappropriate to have NATO come up with a name. @Petrit @milot yet who's military is it? NATO or […]

Time to scrap “Eastern Europe” (video)

July 15, 2012

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“Europe’s divisions are indeed grave. But counting the ex-communist countries as a single category is outdated and damaging” -Eastern Approaches (The Economist) Video Time to scrap “Eastern Europe”

Case Study: U.S. European Command

January 18, 2012

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Continuing our study of the intersection of interdependence and stability, we applied Model 2 (Swiss Economic Institute Index of Globalization/Worldwide Governance Indicators) to the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility (see chart). There are six countries that reside in the “Unintegrated-Unstable” quadrant (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kosovo, and Uzbekistan). Eight countries reside in the “Interdependent-Unstable” quadrant (Bosnia […]

In Balkans, Smuggling Forges a Rare Unity

October 29, 2011

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via NY Times… But as is often the case in this impoverished region, the truth is more complicated. In this instance, the authorities say, it reveals how a furious effort to protect a lucrative oil-smuggling racket has morphed into an international incident infused with troubling memories of the Balkan ethnic carnage of the ’90s. With […]

Defence: Nato’s troubled terrain – FT.com

June 28, 2011

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Mr Gates’s tenure as defence secretary has seen many of the Rumsfeld-era wounds healed, thanks in no small part to Mr Gates himself. But as he prepares to leave office on Thursday, that rapprochement is being tested over the skies of Libya, raising new questions over whether Mr Gates’s tenure set Nato on a new, firmer path […]

Terra Incognita – How the Frugal Superpower Navigates Democracy’s Latest Wave – Wikistrat

April 14, 2011

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In the rush to define President Barack Obama’s “doctrine” following his decision to lead NATO’s initial no-fly-zone operations in Libya, experts have latched onto every detail’s possible meaning. But in the end, it’s easier to say what his strategy is not than what it is. While frustrating, such ambiguity makes sense for a cost-conscious superpower […]

NATO's Last Mission? – The Washington Post

April 12, 2011

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But if this historically unreliable Anglo-French coalition proves unable to sustain a long operation, what then? There is certainly no European force that can replace it. There isn’t even a European foreign policy: Years of diplomacy, debate and endless national referendums culminated, a couple of years ago, in the selection of two powerless figureheads as […]