Deciphering the Security Community Debate
Several attempts have been made in recent years to revive a process towards developing more trust and reconciliation in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian space. But much of this debate has not been very accessible; concepts are abstract and the formats for discussion have also been less visible and interesting for media and policymakers. The search is still on for a viable approach, one that will not avoid the most controversial questions relating to conflicts, human rights and arms control, but one that will also create a process leading to more common ground in areas such as transnational threats, including the fight against drugs, organized crime, human and arms trafficking and terrorism. In order for this to happen, there will clearly need to be both a political will to prioritize and a readiness to learn from the mistakes of the past, not least with regard to Afghanistan. This policy brief seeks to give an overview of the state of play in the security community debate.
Introduction: マドリードNATO首脳会議における結論を踏まえて、7月5日、加盟30ヵ国はスウェーデンとフィンランドの加盟議定書に署名を行った。これで政治的、軍事的、法的に加盟基準が満たされることが認められ、両国のNATO加盟への道が正式に開かれることになった。ウラジーミル・プーチン・ロシア大統領は、ウクライナがNATO加盟を果たすことで西側同盟線が自国に近づくことを嫌って侵略戦争に訴えた筈だが、結果的には両国の加盟によって北欧諸国が全てNATO加盟国となり、その同盟線はバルト海を中心に据える形で自国により接近し、バルチック艦隊を擁する自国領カリーニングラードも包囲されるという思わぬ結果を招くことになった。 You can read the full article (in Japanese) about Sweden and NATO on KaFSA’s website.
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