December 11, 2008

English Summary

One of the most important writings in the sixth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia is an article by the European Commissioner Siim Kallas on the future of Europe. Kallas mainly focuses on the interpretation of the Lisbon process and, accordingly, lays particular emphasis on the competitiveness of the EU.

One of the most important writings in the sixth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia is an article by the European Commissioner Siim Kallas on the future of Europe. Kallas mainly focuses on the interpretation of the Lisbon process and, accordingly, lays particular emphasis on the competitiveness of the EU.

English Summary

One of the most important writings in the sixth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia is an article by the European Commissioner Siim Kallas on the future of Europe. Kallas mainly focuses on the interpretation of the Lisbon process and, accordingly, lays particular emphasis on the competitiveness of the EU.
In March, the Riigikogu will discuss whether to extend the term of the mission of Estonian troops in Iraq. The voice of reason seems to suggest ‘yes’. Margus Kolga, researcher at the Baltic Defence College, goes even further. He writes how important it is already today for Estonian troops to bring their standards to the level of NATO Stabilisation and Reconstruction Force. “Future soldiers must be trained not only in the skilful and effective handling of weapons or be familiar with the art of war, but they must also be able to direct a society that has just emerged from a crisis towards peaceful development and to create necessary preconditions for this until the general environment in the region has stabilised enough so that power can be transferred to civil authorities.” His article is carried by the idea that having won the war it is vital to win the peace, and he discusses how Estonians can contribute to winning the peace.
Dominique Moisi, who is a big name in French foreign policy, kindly allowed Diplomaatia to translate his article “Reinventing the West”. In a sense, this is a reply to Robert Kagan. Instead of debating how different the United States is from Europe, Moisi writes about what unites the US and Europe and what can be done jointly to strengthen global security.
As presidential elections are due in two of the world’s major countries, our monthly publication also offers an analysis by the chairman of the Riigikogu foreign affairs committee Marko Mihkelson about how Russia’s development affects Estonian-Russian relationship and what Russia should keep in mind in developing its future relations with Estonia. University of Tartu political science student Jonatan Vseviov writes about presidential elections in the United States.
The Swedish Ambassador Dag Hartelius offers a remarkable analysis, in particular in a situation where the partnership and cooperation agreement between the EU and Russia is becoming a bone of contention. Hartelius explores the EU neighbourhood policy. “The new Member States are immediate stakeholders in a stable and positive political and economic development to the east of their borders. They also prove wrong those in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe who have claimed that enlargement will make the EU more “anti-Russian” or “anti-Ukrainian”. That would simply not be logical. But maybe the new members will push EU East European policies into a more practically oriented direction,” Hartelius writes.
The book recommendation comes from Lauri Lepik, a researcher at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, who reviews the book The Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations by Stephen C. Shlesinger.

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