• Jens Stoltenberg: NATO's Role in Fighting Terrorism

    NATO is at the forefront of the fight against international terrorism. The aim of its biggest-ever operation was to deny safe haven to international terrorists in Afghanistan.
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  • Linderman Quoted by Accent on Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili

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  • Linderman on Travel Between Russia and Georgia

    Georgian News Agency Accent quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Research Fellow Laura Linderman on visa free travel between Russia and Georgia:

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  • The Revolutionary Path to Reform for Ukraine's National Police

    Ukrainians are growing increasingly impatient with Ukraine's lack of reforms. But the country's police reforms are working, says Khatia Dekanoidze, the newly-appointed chief of the Ukrainian National Police.

    How does she know?

    "The number one tool to...measure effectiveness of police is trust," Dekanoidze said on December 15 at an Atlantic Council event. Dekanoidze joined John Herbst, Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, for a conversation.

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  • NATO’s Invitation to Montenegro an ‘Important’ Response to Russia’s Bluster

    Atlantic Council’s Damon Wilson says decision puts NATO on a ‘safer path forward for security and stability’

    NATO’s invitation to Montenegro to join the military alliance — its first expansion since 2009 — is the right decision, has significant implications, and is an important response to Russia’s actions in Eastern Europe, said Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council.

    “I think it is an important part of our response to Russia’s misbehavior in the east — taking this strategic and correct decision in the south,” Wilson said in an interview with the New Atlanticist.

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  • NATO Invites Montenegro to Join Alliance and Provides 'Guidance for Other Aspirants'

    Statement by NATO Foreign Ministers on Open Door Policy
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  • Linderman on Georgia's Rustavi 2 Controversy

    Georgian News Agency Accent quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Research Fellow Laura Linderman on the Rustavi 2 case, public attitudes towards the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, and the opposition United National Movement:

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  • A Close (and Surprisingly Positive) Encounter with Odesa’s New Police

    The reorganization and reform of Ukraine's catastrophically corrupt police force was the top priority when President Petro Poroshenko appointed Eka Zguladze first deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine. Poroshenko wants to emulate the relative success that Georgia's Rose Revolution reformers garnered in modernizing their small post-Soviet country. Zguladze is just one of the many Georgians who have been drafted by the new Ukrainian government to kick reforms into high gear.

    In January 2015, Ukraine's Ministry of the Interior began recruiting the first of approximately 2,200 new patrol officers in Kyiv. The first battalions were inaugurated on July 4. The rigorous selection process included a ten-week training program accompanied by a battery of exams. In an effort to ensure moral rectitude in the new force, the officers are paid almost $400 a month, roughly three times more than new recruits previously made.

    The glistening new patrol police can also be seen cruising the streets of Cherkasy, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odesa. By the end of the year, there should be at least 10,000 new officers.

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  • Linderman on Media Freedom in Georgia

    Voice of America quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Research Fellow Laura Linderman on Georgia's international image regarding media freedom in the wake of the Rustavi 2 controversy and court case:

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  • Wanted: A ‘Comprehensive Strategy’ to Deal with Russia

    Georgian Foreign Minister says Western ‘passivity’ encourages Moscow, discourages regional countries

    The West needs to develop a “comprehensive strategy” to counter Russian authoritarianism and support Georgia’s aspiration of joining NATO, Georgian Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, said at the Atlantic Council on Oct. 29.

    “Western passivity in the face of Russian aggression not only encourages Moscow, but also discourages the regional countries,” Kvirikashvili said.

    “It is impossible to ‘appease’ Russia by striking geopolitical deals with Moscow, because tomorrow these agreements would be quickly forgotten by the Kremlin if necessary,” he added.

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