Tbilisi has been overrun by tens of thousands of protestors. An estimated 60,000 people have turned up outside of Georgia’s parliament to rally against President Mikhail Saakashvili, blaming him for the 2008 disastrous conflict with Russia and continuing economic recession, as well as accusing him of stifling democracy.
North Korea's launch of a Taep'odong-2 prototype intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the weekend was a political success for the Kim Jong-Il regime on a series of levels. The North effectively used international law to test its missile technology, the Obama administration, and the resolve of UNSC and the other 5 members of the Six-Party talks.
The seizure of the M/V Maersk Alabama represents a first in the recent increase in ship hijackings in the vicinity of Somalia. It is the first US-flagged vessel to be seized and its crew are the first Americans to be kidnapped by Somali pirates. While significant, this does not necessarily make it a problem for the US government to solve.
Over the past week, there has been a rash of maritime hijackings off the East African coast after what had been something of a lull. But New Atlanticist readers were not surprised.
Europe's energy consumers should have breathed a sigh of relief last month, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel reversed field to support EU funding for the Nabucco pipeline and the union earmarked €200 million of seed funding for the project in its coming budget.
For years the debate has raged within and outside the US military on whether the US should focus on this war or the next big fight. The “this war” crowd argues that not only does the US need to focus on the current warfighting requirements, but that the future security scenarios will consist of the US being engaged in nation-building and stabilization operations for decades to come. The "next war" fans usually argue that while the current fights are certainly important, one should not forget that near peer competitors can rise fast, and that if America lost its conventional military edge that in itself would be another enticement for foreign nations to challenge the US militarily.
NATO's 60th Anniversary Summit ended with a cheerful photo-op and a pleased President Obama. America’s NATO allies have pledged 5,000 more troops for Afghanistan and a lot of cash. But is this a real contribution to bolstering the alliance or simply a vocal display of camaraderie?