I continue the presentation and analysis of the experts’ report on the future NATO strategic concept, an endeavor which I have began in May, with the section dedicated to the future missions and military affairs. The final section of the experts’ report deals with NATO’s future missions and the development of future military capabilities required to fulfill them. Section five of the report provides an analysis of the current needs and capabilities and makes recommendations on what missions and capabilities should be provided in the future strategic concept of the Alliance.
NATO has released last week a report containing the outline of the future NATO Strategic Concept that will be adopted at the Alliance summit this year in Lisbon. Although this is not even a draft of the new Strategic Concept, it is a blue print that offers a glimpse of NATO’s strategic thinking. Following its publication consultations and heated negotiations between member states will follow in order to draft the NATO’s new Strategic Concept. This article is first in a series dedicated to analyzing the outline of the Alliance’s future strategy. In this part I will summarize and analyze the chapters dedicated to the threat environment, core tasks of NATO and partnerships.
Kazakhstan promises to reform OSCE. Europe still hopes to democratize the entrenched authoritarian Kazakhstan. Who is under the bigger illusion?
Yesterday, Kazakhstan took up the chairmanship of the OSCE for the 2010-2011 mandate. The US manifested all its support to the new OSCE leaders and “stands ready to encourage your efforts to lead by example and reflect in practice the principles and provisions of the organization you now chair.” The Finnish foreign minister, whose country occupied this seat in 2008, explicitly stated his faith in the good intentions of the new team chairing the OSCE and even mentioned a possible reform of the organization concerning the European security. He believes in the Kazakhstan’s projects for the OSCE despite the fact that “none of the Central Asian countries are, I guess, perfect from a Western, democratic, rule-of-law perspective.” He also believes in the diplomatic ability of Kazakh leaders in bringing at the same table all OSCE members in order to reform the European security framework with the help of a recent plan endorsed by the Russian president Medvedev.
Misiunea restrânsă a OSCE/ODIHR de observare a alegerilor prezidenţiale din România din 2009 a publicat în data de 7 decembrie Raportul privind Constatările şi Concluziile Preliminare privind al doilea tur de scrutin. Anterior pe data de 23 noiembrie 2009 misiunea a dat publicităţii Raportul privind Constatările şi Concluziile Preliminare privind primul tur al alegerilor prezidenţiale.
OSCE/ODIHR observă alegerile prezidenţiale din România în virtutea unei invitaţii adresate de Ministerul Afacerilor Externe al României şi evaluează alegerile din punctul de vedere al conformităţii cu obligaţiile ce decurg din angajamentele asumate de statul român. În cadrul misiunii activează 11 experţi internaţionali localizaţi în Bucureşti şi 14 observatori pe termen lung, trimişi în centre regionale. Membrii misiunii provin din 17 ţări participante ale OSCE.