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Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Book Review: Post Cold War Austria

Reviewing edited collections of essays is notoriously difficult. In this case, it is especially challenging because Austria’s International Position after the End of the Cold War not only covers Austria’s foreign and security policy since 1990 but also tackles “Eastern Europe and the Balkans” “The Rise and Decline and Rise of Austria’s Far Right,” “Foreign […]

NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

Recently, NATO declared that it would stand by Turkey if conditions worsened. In a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery fire, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen officially stated: “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.” Syria has apologised for it’s “accidental” shelling of Turkey. […]

Afghanistan: The Way Forward

Amid enormous debate regarding the next step in the war in Afghanistan, the core strategic dispute is being lost. Political forces in Washington have – predictably – hijacked the eight-year-old conflict, and virtually all discourse on the issue has been politically charged. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, seems to […]

Limits to Bonapartism

After four decades, France has returned to NATO’s unified military command. At a stroke, President Nicolas Sarkozy overturned one of the pillars of French policy – and of the legacy of Charles de Gaulle, the founder of Sarkozy’s own political party. The decision is consistent with the way Sarkozy has governed since his election in […]

NATO Passé

NATO Passé

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), found cause to celebrate this year: On Apr. 4, 1949, the collective defense alliance was founded in Brussels on the eve of the Cold War. Sixty years later and now with 28 member states – Croatia and Albania were formally accepted this year – the organization set out to […]

NATO Burden Sharing

NATO Burden Sharing

When discussing Afghanistan, many newspapers continue to suggest that some of Europe’s NATO allies are under-performing in Afghanistan, and are either unable or unwilling to make a greater effort. Naturally, these allies feel that their efforts are under-valued. What is a fair and equitable burden? First of all, the debate about burden-sharing should not be […]

Weak America Weakened Europe

America’s power has been so overwhelming for so long that many think it has survived George W. Bush’s presidency unscathed. That this is untrue is demonstrated by those – from Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe —  who are exploiting America’s loss of standing and influence. […]

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