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In Remembrance of Ambassador Christopher Stevens

Brookings Institute: In Remembrance of Ambassador Christopher Stevens

Chris Stevens was the ultimate foreign service officer. He reveled in his job. You only have to glance at his official photograph to get a sense of the character of the man: always cheerful, always enthusiastic, always professional. Like those more high profile ambassadors – Ryan Crocker (U.S. ambassador in Baghdad and Kabul) and Robert Ford (U.S. ambassador in Damascus) – Chris Stevens loved to be on the front lines of American diplomacy… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mpWWA

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Putin’s Bad-Neighbor Policy


English: Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin

Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anders Åslund, Project Syndicate, August 28, 2012

Russia has shown itself to be an international spoiler with its ardent support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The contrast with its benign policy toward Libya in 2011 reflects how Russian foreign policy changed with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin. On foreign policy, at least, Russia’s former president, Dmitri Medvedev, mattered more than is commonly understood… (more) http://ow.ly/1maPj2

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StratRisks: Talk Brews Among NATO Allies Of Syrian No-Fly Zone

StratRisks, August 24, 2012

(Source: IBTimes)

The West and its allies appear to be taking baby steps toward creating a no-fly zone over Syria — with the important qualification that it be limited in scope, minimize chances of an open war with Damascus

Luxembourgian-registered NATO E-3 AWACS flying...

Luxembourgian-registered NATO E-3 AWACS flying with three American Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft in a NATO exercise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and receive broad international support… (more) http://ow.ly/1m7x8V

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GMFUS: A Transatlantic Perspective on the Libyan Election


English: Orthographic map of Libya Español: Ma...

Orthographic map of Libya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ronald Bruce St John, German Marshall Fund of the United States, August 3, 2012

The surprise results of Libya‘s recent election offer the transatlantic partners unexpected new opportunities to promote democratic governance, regional security, and expanded commercial interests in the region. Collectively, moderate or “liberal” political parties took over 60 percent of the party seats in the General National Congress (GNC). The election results for the 120 independent seats were not as clear-cut as those for the 80 party seats. Genuinely independent candidates or individual candidates with ties to parties other than the National Forces Alliance won a majority of the GNC seats reserved for independents. If the transatlantic partners can divest themselves of old paradigms and embrace change, they can promote democracy and human rights within the political system likely to evolve in Libya. (more) http://ow.ly/1lOsGx

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ACUS: British pilots flew US drones in NATO mission over Libya

ACUS: From Alex Spillius, the Telegraph:  In a parliamentary answer, Lord Astor of Hever, under secretary of state at the Ministry of Defence, said drones belonging to the United States were operated by British pilots during the Nato operation in 2011. (more) http://ow.ly/1lGmwd

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ACUS: Young people share insights from NATO’s Chicago Summit

ACUS: From NATO:  Three young people from Armenia, Russia and the United Kingdom were among 20 competition winners to win a trip to NATO’s Chicago Summit in May. Upon returning home, they took time to reflect on their experiences.

Called ‘iReps’ the winners, from as far and wide as Libya and Indonesia, spent three days talking to NATO and national officials in the margins of the Chicago Summit. They also debated the challenges facing international peace and security with their peers. http://ow.ly/1lGiLY

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ACUS: NATO applauds election in Libya, offers security assistance


KABUL, Afghanistan- NATO’s newly appointed Sec...

KABUL, Afghanistan- NATO’s then newly appointed Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is interviewed at Kabul International Airport North. Image by MSgt Chris Haylett (Photo credit: DOD)

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 18, 2012


From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO:  I congratulate the Libyan people on the announcement of the results of the first election held across the country in almost half a century. This election marks an impressive step forward in Libya’s transition to democracy, after over forty years of dictatorship. I pay tribute to all the candidates and political parties who have contributed to the success of this first free and democratic vote, and to the almost 2 million men and women who exercised their hard-won right to vote. (more) http://ow.ly/1lsJGG

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DuckofMinerva: NATO intervention in Syria Wouldn’t be Easy

By , Duck of Minerva


Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

, July 17, 2012

That’s the takeaway from a new working paperby Brian Haggerty, a doctoral student at MIT. His conclusion:

The United States and its NATO allies no doubt possess the capabilities required to achieve some measure of air superiority over northwest Syria and to maintain patrols over population centers to defend them from some incursions by Syrian forces equipped with heavy weapons. But as this analysis shows, an intervention to establish only three safe havens, in Homs, Hama, and Idlib, linked to each other and to the Turkish border via a humanitarian corridor, would be a substantial military undertaking. Given Syria’s air defense capabilities, the ubiquity of its tanks, artillery, rockets, and mortars, and tens of thousands of al-Assad-regime allies willing to carry out acts of repression, it does not require any heroic assumptions to suggest that such an intervention would require greater resources, face greater risks, and have a lower probability of success, than any of NATO’s previous air campaigns in response to humanitarian crises in Bosnia, Kosovo, or Libya.

DuckofMinerva: NATO intervention in Syria Wouldn’t be Easy http://ow.ly/1lqRKF

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