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FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy

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Mali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy http://ow.ly/2uyb8Q

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European Union Common Security and Defence Policy

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This map represents notable regional organisations related to collective security, also known as military alliances. NATO, CSDP SCO, CSTO PSC SADC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Luis Simón and Jolyon Howorth, European Geostrategy, September 4, 2012  
(Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this third interview in the series, Luis Simón discusses European relations with the United States with Jolyon Howorth, the Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Bath, and long-time analyst of the European Union’s efforts to forge a common military policy.)

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Welcome to the Kurdish Spring, the sequel

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Kurdish Areas of Northern Iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Foreign Policy Association, August 30, 2012

…So as Kurdish refugees clung to the freezing mountains in northern Iraq and pushed to the border of a panic-stricken Turkey a guilt ridden U.S. — along with Britain and France and Turkey’s acquiesence — established a no-fly zone in northern Iraq. That gave the Iraqi Kurds breathing space and some protection and – most importantly – the chance to build their own government.2

And their own home… (more) http://ow.ly/1mcL1W

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NATO Maneuvers: Officials concerned over optics of Arctic war fighting

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Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 Helicopter Practices Load Lifting Drills in Norway (Photo credit: Defence Images)

StratRisks, August 24, 2012

…Roughly 800 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, in Petawawa, Ont., eventually did take part in Exercise Cold Response last March. They formed one contingent in the overall exercise involving 16,000 troops from the U.S., Britain, France, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The exercise, which has been held regularly since 2006, coincided this year with the election — or re-election — of Vladimir Putin as Russian president.

Reaction from Moscow clearly indicated that the Kremlin saw the NATO-Swedish training as provocative, especially since it came on the heels of a Canadian sovereignty exercise in February known as ‘Arctic Ram.’

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ProSyn: Saving France, Saving Europe

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François Hollande at a political rally held by the Socialist Party for the 2007 parliamentary elections. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michel RocardProject Syndicate, August 17, 2012

The face of French politics changed dramatically in May and June. First, after 17 years of center-right presidents, François Hollande, a Socialist, was elected. Then, a month later, a center-left majority took control of the National Assembly, too, after ten years of right-wing domination.

Meanwhile, the Senate, the French parliament’s upper house, a conservative bastion between the two world wars and ever since, swung to a Socialist majority for the first time in history at the end of 2011. The Socialists also control 20 of France’s 22 regional governments, a majority of the presidencies of the Departments, and most cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants. In short, we are now witnessing a stunning concentration of power that is unprecedented in French republican history… (more) http://ow.ly/1m0VjG

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ProSyn: François Hollande’s Wrong Idea of France

 

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François HOLLANDE(Photo credit: idf-fotos)

Brigitte Granville, Project Syndicate, August 14, 2012
France’s new president, François Hollande, has achieved a remarkable series of political victories – at home and in Europe – since his election in May. Unfortunately, his streak of success will inevitably call forth an economic reckoning that will shock France’s apparently unsuspecting citizens and doom the French elite’s approach to the “construction of Europe.”… (more)http://ow.ly/1lXP0W

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ACUS: France Taps Paloméros for NATO Command Post in US

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Jean-Paul Palomeros, Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ACUS: From Pierre Tran, Defense NewsFrance has nominated Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros, French air chief of staff, as the next head of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation at Norfolk Va., sources familiar with the situation said. http://ow.ly/1lIZ0f

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