Georgia

  • Bryza Interviewed by VOA Georgia on the Eighth Anniversary of Russia's Invasion of Georgia


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  • Saakashvili in Odesa: When Making Waves is Not Enough

    A year after my Atlantic Council blog post on Mikheil Saakashvili’s first fifty days as Odesa oblast governor, it’s time to reexamine his record. The results are mixed: his brisk and spectacular first wins soon hit the skids. The Presidential Administration’s promised support evaporated in late 2015 and Saakashvili’s many initiatives were skillfully torpedoed at every corner. Today Saakashvili is essentially locked in a stalemate against his local adversaries and has reached the ceiling of his reform deliverables. In short, Saakashvili’s time in Odesa is a microcosm painfully illustrating Ukraine’s thorny path to democracy.

    On the surface, Odesa looks like a glossy magazine cover. The possible host of the 2017 Eurovision contest, its diverse cultural scene and increased investment potential are attracting a growing number of tourists and business partners. The red carpet at the Odesa International Film Festival, sunny beaches, and the bewildering variety of new shops, restaurants, and hotels make this beautiful city a living symbol of the “unbearable lightness of being.”

    But scrape away the fresh paint and cracks appear.

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  • Turkey: Another US Intelligence Failure

    A less-well known but vital outcome of NATO’s Warsaw summit was the Alliance’s decision to create an intelligence and security division from among its existing organizations. This move is long overdue. There is a plethora of threats facing Europe and the United States, and yet the West has a record of intelligence failures that has come to characterize its policy today. As media reports indicate, the Turkish coup caught virtually the entire US foreign policy establishment by surprise; analysts were writing up to the last moment that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s control over the military seemed secure.

    Intelligence failures are always going to occur no matter how governments structure their intelligence networks, but this is only the latest in a series of policy failures in which governments have blamed their intelligence organizations. In this regard, the US record is stunning. We already know that the US government and intelligence services failed to grasp the planning for 9/11 or to understand the realities in Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion, including the absence of nuclear weapons there. Additionally, as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates admitted, the Untied States failed to grasp the scope of China’s military buildup, and did not realize that Russia would attack Georgia in 2008.

    More significantly, the United States missed the full nature of changes underway in the Russian military after 2008.

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  • Wilson and Kramer in Politico Europe: NATO: Don’t Abandon Georgia


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  • NATO Must Set a Clear Roadmap for Georgia

    NATO, created as part of Harry S. Truman’s visionary solution for a post-World War II Europe, has proven to be one of the most successful alliances in the world. A defensive alliance to protect its members from external threats, NATO has maintained peace and security on the European continent for more than six decades, paving the way for unprecedented economic development and prosperity for its members.

    The prospect of NATO membership became one of the strongest incentives for carrying out swift democratic and security sector reforms in countries in Central and Eastern Europe that aspired to join the Alliance at the end of the Cold War. Eventual NATO membership for many of these countries strengthened their security and stability as well as that of NATO itself by reducing uncertainty along NATO’s eastern flank. 

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  • NATO Summit Special Series: Ukraine

    Ukraine will likely be at the center of the NATO summit in Warsaw.
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  • NATO Summit Special Series: Georgia

    Georgia is wedged precariously between a NATO ambivalent about expansion and a giant neighbor bent on including it in its sphere of influence.
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  • Coote Quoted by Accent on the Georgian Energy Sector


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  • Benitez Interviewed by Accent on Upcoming NATO Summit


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  • Great Expectations: Aspirant Nations See NATO Enlargement as Vital to Europe’s Stability

    NATO membership for countries in the Balkans and for Georgia is crucial for the stability of Europe and will send a clear signal that Russia does not have a veto over the alliance’s enlargement plans, panelists, including officials from Macedonia and Georgia, said at the Atlantic Council on June 8.

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