December 9, 2008

English Summary

This issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia comes out at the time when ten years passes from the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia. The journal particularly focuses on the European Union, security and also Russia.

This issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia comes out at the time when ten years passes from the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia. The journal particularly focuses on the European Union, security and also Russia.

English Summary

This issue of the foreign and security policy monthly Diplomaatia comes out at the time when ten years passes from the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia. The journal particularly focuses on the European Union, security and also Russia.
The researcher at the Finnish Foreign Policy Institute Kristi Raik in her article “Estonia needs a new vision of the European Union” is convinced that the current mentality in Estonia needs changing. “Estonia’s positions on the EU future are contradictory. Unable to decide whether to accelerate or slam on the brakes or simply follow the tail of the others, the government has alternately used all of the options,” Raik summarises the position of Estonia. She thinks “Estonia is short-sightedly protecting sovereignty”.
The Ambassador of the Netherlands Joanna M. van Vliet describes the importance of 2004 as follows: “On 1 May 2004, ten new member states joined the European Union. In the second week of June, citizens of all 25 member states elected a new European Parliament, and the 25-member European Commission will take office in November for a new five-year term.” Van Vliet highlights the priorities of the Dutch EU presidency and sums it up in two key terms: realism and ambition.
The State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Maris RiekstinD wrote for Diplomaatia the article “Latvian Foreign Policy: Beyond Prague and Dublin”, saying that Latvia stands for improving and strengthening Trans-Atlantic relations and supports the EU’s common foreign and security policy. “Latvia will be working for a Union that increasingly speaks in one voice and acts in a coordinated manner in international affairs,” RiekstinD writes.
Colonel Vello Loemaa contributed to Diplomaatia the analysis “Modern battlefield” in which he focuses primarily on military aspects such as the size of the battlefield, Network-Centric Warfare operations, strategic reach, logistics, weapons systems, etc.
The article “Flight From Freedom” by Richard Pipes, translated from the Foreign Affairs May/June 2004 makes the reader reflect on the developments in Russia, but not in terms of “here and now” but rather in the in the longer-term perspective, over the span of centuries. To reach an understanding – Russia is changing slowly.
Book reviews in this issue are from Mart Laar, who writes about Reagan’s War by Peter Schweizer, and from Margus Kolga, who explores the book Supreme Command – Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohen.

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