Are there adequate rules and governing bodies in place to sort out current and anticipated disputes in the Arctic region? That’s the focus of part 3 of our series, “Who Owns The Arctic?” Rob Huebert shares his thoughts on the jurisdictional questions surrounding the earth’s northern pole.
March 2000 - The current trans-Atlantic/European partnership is characterized by some remarkable structural tensions. The overlap between membership in the European Union and NATO is limited to only 11 countries. The European Union (EU) has four members - Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden - which, though not officially part of the Alliance, are beneficiaries of NATO's protection. This is a classical free rider situation. It is quite remarkable that one of the four free riders, Austria, is the first EU-member country with a government party holding fifty percent of the decision-making power, whose policies openly denounce the very idea of 'eastern enlargement' on the basis of an argument that posits the essential inferiority of all applicants. That list of "inferior applicants" includes Hungary - an economy in which Austrian capital has been the fourth largest investor since the collapse of socialism.
Tension is high between the U.S. and its European allies over revelations about NSA spying. Georg Mascolo, former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel recently met with Edward Snowden and has co-authored an article about the need to rebuild trust between allies. In this interview he summarizes what we have learned from the "Summer of Snowden."
This publication stemmed from a conference held on April 23, 2004 entitled "Women in East European Politics." The event was co-sponsored by the Kennan Institute, the Watson Institute, Brown University and the George Washington University.