Totalitarism verde? 5

Nu vreau sa par adeptul teoriei conspiratiei dar in decurs de o saptamana m-am lovit in presa britanica de doua articole care sustineau nevoia „controlului populatiei.” Nu cred ca exista o neaparata legatura intre ele, dar opiniile exprimate ma duceau cu gandul la totalitarismele anilor 30, nu la tara care a dat lumii unii dintre cei mai mari ganditor intr-ale libertatii.

Primul articol a aparut in The Times si relata declaratiile unui oficial guvernamental si activist intr-ale mediului, pe numele sau Jonathon Porritt. Articolul are titlul edificator Two children should be limit, says green guru si prezinta opiniile acestui oficial britanic care doreste limitarea numarului de copii pe familie la doi. Daca ar fi fost doar opinia unui activist „verde” nu m-as fi inspaimantat, dar domnul Porritt este si oficial guvernamental – aici deja imi pun semne de intrebare. Astazi cand am intrat pe pagina bbc am dat peste acest editorial Population: The Elephant in the room, care argumenta ceva mai subtil despre necesitate dezbaterii acestei probleme.

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Note asupra unui război II: Implicaţii Răspunde

Implicaţiile regionale sunt evidente: Rusia nu va mai tolera acţiuni ale statelor CSI care îi vor pune la îndoială controlul asupra spaţiului ex-Sovietic sau a „vecinătăţii apropiate” cum este definită geopolitic de către Kremlin această zonă de interes strategic. Perioada de slăbiciune a Rusiei după dizolvarea Uniunii Sovietice s-a încheiat şi Moscova este pregătită să utilizeze forţa pentru a-şi apăra interesele. De asemenea statele tentate de a se alatură instituţiiilor occidentale trebuie să înţeleagă că ajutorul acestora în situaţii limită s-ar putea sa nu vină. Ukraina, în viziunea Moscovei riscă să aibă aceeaşi soartă ca Georgia dacă nu renunţă la aspiraţiile ei euro-atlantice.

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Note asupra unui război I Răspunde

Războiul început pe 7 august 2008 în Caucaz între Georgia şi Rusia reprezintă un punct de cotitură pentru politica internaţională post-Război Rece. Ordinea politică de după sfârşitul Războiului Rece caracterizată prin momentul unipolar american şi prin speranţa creeării unui sistem internaţional dominat de valori liberale s-a încheiat „oficial”.

Scopul acestui articol este să analizeze semnificaţia războiului Ruso-Georgian, ce aparent tocmai s-a încheiat, dintr-o dublă perspectivă, regională şi sistemică.

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What type of ally is Romania? 1

A recent article titled “A Tale of Two Allies” which was published in the American newspaper Christian Science Monitor has sparked furore in the Romanian media. In brief the article accompanied in the electronic edition of the Christian Science Monitor by an interview with A. Wess Mitchell, Director of Research at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C. analyzes the way in which the United States of America deals with its allies in Europe. The article basically argues, using Poland and Romania as examples, that the United States of America classifies its allies in two categories: mature allies-partners which do not require coaxing, as the article argues and another category (which I call it allies of opportunity, since the article fails to give a proper category) with which the United States has a relation based on reciprocity.

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When Internal Politics Affects Foreign Policy 4

Hans Morgenthau, one of the most remarkable thinkers in international relations, argued that the difference between internal politics and foreign policy is not a difference of kind, but of degree. Another great theorist of international relations, Raymond Aron, argued that a political unit, meaning a state defines itself partially by being capable of external action – foreign policy. Using these two theoretical benchmarks as starting points for this article I will argue that the current crisis in Romania’s internal politics have affected its foreign policy in a negative way. This article is the third instalment in the series of articles dedicated to Romania’s foreign policy.

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Romania’s Draft Foreign Policy “Strategy”: Does it really provide a Coherent Action Plan for Romania’s Diplomacy? 1

This is the second instalment from the series of articles regarding Romanian foreign policy I promised I will publish on this blog. In this article I will discuss and comment the draft 10 year foreign policy strategy which has been recently published by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Actually the word strategy does not properly describe the document – it is more a list of priorities and objectives for Romania’s diplomacy for the next ten years. In this respect the word strategy is a misnomer – but for practical purposes, I will refer to it as a strategy (the document is meant to ignite a public debate concerning Romania’s foreign policy in the next decade).

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Major Issues in Romania’s Foreign Policy Răspunde

This article is the first in a series of articles that I will publish on this blog dealing with Romania’s foreign policy. In this article I will outline the major international issues Romania’s foreign policy has to deal with in the international system. I will provide a brief description of these major issues and I will comment them according to their relevance. The other articles in the series will deal with the new draft ten year foreign policy strategy which has just been published by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the cohesiveness and coherence of Romania’s foreign policy – with a major emphasis on the relations between the branches of the executive and internal political conflicts. The issues are divided according to their importance, relevance and urgency.

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How much of a threat is Russia for Romania? Răspunde

As a result of the unilateral suspension of the CFE Treaty by Russia on July 14, 2007, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu, was summoned by Parliament to explain how this decision will affect Romania’s relations with Russia. During his testimony in front of the parliamentary commissions, Adrian Cioroianu stated that Russia does not represent a threat to Romania. This article will analyze the validity of this statement in the light of recent courses of action and policy statements made by Romanian and Russian state officials.

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Russia Asserts Itself as a Great Power Again Răspunde

After the debacle of the Soviet Union in 1991 and its dissolution, the loss of its sphere of influence in Central an Eastern Europe, the economic and political woes of the 1990’s as well as lowed failures in its foreign and security policies (the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo and the First Chechen War), Russia has begun quite forcefully to assert itself again as a great power in the international system. It has become evident that Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin is no longer the sick man of Europe, but on the contrary we are now dealing with a different Russia, one that has managed to put an end to its internal instability, has become quite prosperous and has an active foreign policy that befits a great power.

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United States vs. Russia: Wrangling over the Missile Shield Răspunde

The announced deployment of parts of the American missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic soured relations with Russia’s, many annalists arguing that bilateral relations between the former rivals have reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Besides the spat over the deployment ABM shield in Central Europe there are many other issues that have lead to the increase in tensions between Russia and the United States: American deployment of forward bases in Romania and Bulgaria, US involvement in the former Soviet space (Ukraine, Georgia, the Caucasus and Central Asia) as well as public criticism regarding Russia’s internal politics and finally the gross imbalance of power between the United States and the rest of the members of the international system. All in all Russia has many reasons to feel threatened by the United States and from its point of view the recent strategic developments in Europe are worrying.

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Romania and Russia: conflict and cooperation 1

This article will deal with the current status of relations between Romania and Russia. I will argue that although there are issues when cooperation can occur between the two states, the opportunities for conflict far outweigh them.

One thing that must be cleared from the beginning is that the relation between the two countries is and was asymmetrical. This relationship is and has been asymmetrical because it involves a great power or a medium power (depending on the timeline) and a small power. Today Russia can be catalogued as an aspiring great power while Romania remains a small power (with a good prospect of becoming a regional power).

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Russia and the EU: Quo Vadis? 1

In this article I will argue that EU’s relations with the Russian Federation are at a crossroads, with the latter gaining leverage while the former has trouble finding an adequate response to this challenge.

The differences between two actors stem from two quite different perceptions of world politics and diplomacy. Russia sees international politics from a realist perspective emphasising power politics and strategic cooperation while the EU is advancing a post-Westphalian agenda of international politics based on shared norms and values. These different approaches and understandings of the international system have lead to an impasse in EU-Russian relation.

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