December 9, 2008

English Summary

The ninth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly journal Diplomaatia, in connection with the upcoming NATO summit, focuses mainly on the topic of security. Ambassador Raul Mälk in his longer overview writes about the changes that were made in the recently completed new Estonian National Security Concept. As Mälk in the position of the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is himself one of the designers of the security policy, his words carry a particular weight when he claims that “Estonia will definitely become a NATO Member who, regardless of various new tasks, will pay great attention to ensuring the credibility of NATO collective defence. /…/ Estonia is working towards the aim to be able to deploy simultaneously 250 men in NATO or other foreign missions.”

The ninth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly journal Diplomaatia, in connection with the upcoming NATO summit, focuses mainly on the topic of security. Ambassador Raul Mälk in his longer overview writes about the changes that were made in the recently completed new Estonian National Security Concept. As Mälk in the position of the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is himself one of the designers of the security policy, his words carry a particular weight when he claims that “Estonia will definitely become a NATO Member who, regardless of various new tasks, will pay great attention to ensuring the credibility of NATO collective defence. /…/ Estonia is working towards the aim to be able to deploy simultaneously 250 men in NATO or other foreign missions.”

English Summary

The ninth issue of the foreign and security policy monthly journal Diplomaatia, in connection with the upcoming NATO summit, focuses mainly on the topic of security. Ambassador Raul Mälk in his longer overview writes about the changes that were made in the recently completed new Estonian National Security Concept. As Mälk in the position of the Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is himself one of the designers of the security policy, his words carry a particular weight when he claims that “Estonia will definitely become a NATO Member who, regardless of various new tasks, will pay great attention to ensuring the credibility of NATO collective defence. /…/ Estonia is working towards the aim to be able to deploy simultaneously 250 men in NATO or other foreign missions.”
R. Nicholas Burns, the US Ambassador to NATO, wrote exclusively for Diplomaatia the article “NATO and the Greater Middle East”. Burns is convinced that the Greater Middle East could be open to cooperation with the West. “NATO’s Heads of State and Government will gather in Istanbul on June 28 and 29. At that meeting, the United States hopes that NATO will do its part to support the broad movement for reform in the Greater Middle East by announcing an “Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.” NATO’s initiative should complement the other elements of support for indigenous reform in the Greater Middle East by engaging interested countries in the region to foster security and stability,” claims Ambassador Burns. The Director of the E-Governance Academy Foundation, Ivar Tallo, contributed to Diplomaatia the article “Common-sense View on Cyber-terrorism”. In describing the tense security situation in the world after September 11, Tallo is realistic. He writes: “In real life, successful attacks that could be classified under the dimension of cyber-terrorism can be counted on two hands, and these cases have involved people who knew the system from within.”
Foreign Minister Kristiina Ojuland wrote for Diplomaatia the article “Single Europe and Estonia’s National Interests.” She writes: “It is often stated that Estonia is too small to make its proposals and interests heard. I am convinced that if we are able to find the right allies it is perfectly possible to stand for Estonia’s positions, both as regards our narrower national interests as well as our views in connection with developing the European Union and shaping the EU policies.” Marianne Mikko, Editor of Diplomaatia made an exclusive interview with the British MP Peter Mandelson, who answers questions about the European Union, the Commission and global security.
Member of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee, Eiki Berg, explores Turkey’s possibilities to start negotiations for future membership in the European Union.

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