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NATO, the Euro and African Currencies
Dr. Gary K. Busch - 6/22/2011
The Evanescence of NATO:
It has become clear, especially after the frank speech of Secretary Gates recently, that NATO has a "dim, if not dismal” future. The European partners of the US in NATO have not been paying their way and have reduced their military budgets by almost 15% in the last ten years.
They performed poorly in Iraq and, with the exception of the UK, performed even worse in Afghanistan. The current operations in Libya are incompletely funded and the putative NATO forces have run out of cash, armaments, missiles, intelligence-gathering equipment, etc. They are rely...
NATO and Its Crisis
Dr. Gary K. Busch - 6/13/2011
A few days ago US Defence Secretary, Gates, made a speech which dispensed with the diplomatic niceties and told the truth about the imbalance of contribution and capabilities within the transatlantic military pact of NATO. This signals a major shift in European policy by the US and will have a profound impact on the European economies.
BUCHAREST SUMMIT: Macedonia to be invited to Join NATO despite Greece
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/1/2008
High-placed NATO officials informed the Chronicle a few weeks ago that, if the negotiations between Macedonia and Greece regarding what has come to be known as "the name issue" fail, NATO will invite Macedonia to join the alliance, effective June 30, 2009, and conditioned upon a resolution of its bilateral bone of contention with its much larger neighbor by said date.
The Deadly Antlers: Evolution of Euro-Atlantic Structures
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/7/2007
The Irish Elk roamed the earth 10,000 years ago. They had the largest pair of antlers ever grown - 3.6 meters (12 feet) across. Every year they grew new antlers from nubs prominently displayed on their heads. They were awesome to behold. They fought ferociously. They seemed eternal. Then the weather changed. The earth shed its forests for a new Tundra attire. The Irish elk ignored this creeping revolution. It continued to grow its antlers and, by doing so, to deplete its own reserves of calcium and phosphorus. Drained of vital minerals, unable to find enough food to restore themselves they died out, their magnificent antlers intact.
NATO's Next War
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/3/2007
The real, protracted, war is about to start. NATO and the international peacekeeping force against an unholy - and, until recently, improbable - alliance. Milosevic (or post-Milosevic Serbia) and the KLA against the occupying forces. It is going to be ferocious. It is going to be bloody. And it is going to be a Somali nightmare.
The Friendly Clubs - EU and NATO
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/20/2005
In September 2005, NATO announced that, "advised" by the USA, it was postponing the intake of new members, among them Macedonia, to 2008. The European Union is unlikely to jump at the opportunity and delay its own third wave of enlargement.
EU and NATO - The Competing Alliances
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/21/2005
The Spanish recently (2005) endorsed the draft constitution of the European Union (EU). But such a smooth ride is rare. The vote in October 2002 in Ireland, for example, was the second time in 18 months that its increasingly disillusioned citizenry had to decide the fate of the European Union by endorsing or rejecting the crucial Treaty of Nice. The treaty sought to revamp the union's administration and the hitherto sacred balance between small and big states prior to the accession of 10 central and east European countries. Enlargement has been the centerpiece of European thinking ever since t...