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Eastern Promise

In Connecting the Dots on Monday, 31 March 2008 at 11:16

When the 26 members of NATO meet in Bucharest this week, they’ll discuss a number of pressing issues, including the group’s ongoing expansion into Eastern Europe. Writing in The Washington Post, Jim Hoagland looked at the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. Germany wants to block Georgia and Ukraine from joining, and Hoagland argues it’s a move that inadvertently helps both Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush: The two leaders can keep their positions — Bush for expansion, Putin against — without having to do anything about it for the rest of their terms. Elsewhere, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to argue for the NATO expansion — discussing full membership for Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia, as well as touching on the Georgia/Ukraine issue. Meanwhile, foreign policy expert Ronald Asmus penned a think piece suggesting that the organization needs to overhaul its rationale for expanding, particularly in the face of a more dominant Russia.


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