December 11, 2008

English Summary

The fifth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia (Diplomacy) focuses on the topic of terrorism.

The fifth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia (Diplomacy) focuses on the topic of terrorism.

English Summary

The fifth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia (Diplomacy) focuses on the topic of terrorism.
Isabel Frommelt from Liechtenstein asks two questions. How business must or can contribute to an increased level of security, particularly in terms of reducing the threat of terrorism? And is business still business as usual or has it become more risky? Frommelt believes that multinational corporations can “respond to their responsibility by supporting local enterprise development to combat unemployment and social deprivation; by promoting reconciliation and trust-building; by providing information on health care or sustainable development behaviour through educational training at the workplace; and by maintaining high labour standards.”
Rein Tammsaar in his article explores the threat of terrorism in the Nordic region. Although the threat is not very serious, some risk of becoming a target of terrorist attacks still exists. “For Nordic and Baltic countries the biggest threat, either directly or indirectly relating to terrorism, is probably organised crime, including drug trafficking, which is the system ensuring the functioning of terrorism,” Tammsaar warns.
Harri Tiido, Estonian Ambassador to NATO, describes European security perspectives where he sees the EU as a security guarantee in the narrower perspective and NATO in the wider perspective. Tiido raises a question why Estonia needs to have a standpoint on European security, and answers: “European security for us is indivisible and inseparable from transatlantic relations.”
An interesting piece of reading is definitely the article by Jean-Louis Tauran, long-time “foreign minister” of one of the world’s most unique states Vatican. He addresses the question “Why is there a papal diplomacy?” Equally interesting reading is the analysis “Growth problems of democracy – the Russian issue”, written by Jaakko Iloniemi who has been one of the foreign policy designers in Finland for many years.
Essayist Enn Soosaar takes a look at the suspension of the work of the EU intergovernmental conference in December last year. Soosaar does not share the opinion as if something tragic happened. On the contrary, the failure to adopt the draft constitutional treaty gives time for the Estonian political elite to contemplate how Estonia as a newcomer in the EU could actually promote its national interests in a situation where it has become almost self-evident to talk about two-speed Europe.
Julia Laffranque, PhD in Law, raises a question whether Estonia’s interests in the European Court of Justice can be considered a domestic or foreign policy issue. She concludes that the matter rather falls under domestic policy.
The book review in this issue deals with the book West Against West (Ouest contre Ouest) by André Glucksmann.

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