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Amid bombings and killings, low turn-out and allegations of large-scale ballot stuffing, the fourth post-Taliban elections took place on Saturday in Afghanistan. The official results are not yet known, but all the main foreign actors present in Afghanistan were – according to The Economist – quick to hail the elections’ “success”. The reason ? These… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Unilaterally proclaimed in 2008, Kosovo’s independence has been recognised to date only by 69 states out of 192 UN member states (source: Le Monde diplomatique). The unexpected outcome has surprised even Serbia, not to mention the United States and its allies. As Le Monde diplomatique notes in its September 2010 issue, the map of states… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The release of the NATO 2020 Report on the 17th of May could be regarded as a disappointment by European military and political experts. The sages that put it together could not logically explain why we should continue to keep a military and political organisation designed to defend the Euro-Atlantic world from the threats posed… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Frustration to the max

Georgi’s blog has drawn my attention to the letter written to President Obama by a group of ex-presidents and opinion leaders from Central Europe. That letter refuses to be digested. Had I been a more emotional kind of guy, I’d be in tears. As it turns out, it’s played havoc with my stomach. The letter… » read more

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NATO’s Changed Nature

Until the end of the Cold War, NATO insured the security of a recovering Europe. The protection afforded by the NATO umbrella has allowed Western European nations to rebuild their war-torn economies, to unite and our continent to become one of the most prosperous and peaceful places on earth. Following the dismantling of its arch-enemy’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

ESDP and NATO

ESDP (the European Security and Defence Policy), agreed upon at St. Malo ten years ago, and the EU’s own defence force demonstrate the fact that the European Union has become a military and strategic player of growing importance in world affairs. In time, let’s say a few years from now, the 60-year NATO alliance will… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

US: A Farewell to Arms

The Obama Administration’s decision to scrap the infamous missile shield in Europe has to be considered one of its most important foreign policy decisions to date. Almost immediately, premier Putin of Russia has called it “just and courageous” and has promised to abandon plans to place Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad. Chancellor Merkel and president Sarkozy… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi