Serbia's relations with NATO: The other (quieter) game in town

Central European Policy Institute, January 2014

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While all eyes are set on the formal opening of the EU membership talks with Serbia on 21 January 2014, this policy brief explores the prospects for Belgrade’s closer cooperation with NATO. While the EU’s accession process is the force majeure dominating current political and economic development in the Western Balkans, the regional security architecture is still based on NATO. EU and NATO integration are still considered as mutually reinforcing processes. The main focus in Serbia has shifted to “soft security” issues such as rule of law, justice affairs and fight against corruption, where the EU is in the driving seat.

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What Was Edward Snowden Doing in India?

Foreign Policy, 13.1.2014.


Nearly three years before he revealed himself as the source of leaked documents about NSA surveillance, Edward Snowden traveled to New Delhi, India. There, he spent six days taking courses in computer hacking and programming at a local professional school, according to school officials and people familiar with Snowden's trip.

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Why Putin’s Defense of “Traditional Values” Is Really a War on Freedom

Foreign Policy, 3.1.2014.


The Center for Strategic Communications, a Kremlin-linked think tank, has bestowed a new title on Russian President Vladimir Putin: It's calling him "World Conservatism's New Leader." Putin, according to the report, is the most influential world figure resisting the global onslaught of multiculturalism, radical feminism, and homosexuality, all foisted upon an unsuspecting world by the "ideological populism of the left."

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The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

Robert M. Gates, The Wall Street Journal, 7.1.2014.


All too often during my 4½ years as secretary of defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot. The exit lines were on the tip of my tongue: I may be the secretary of defense, but I am also an American citizen, and there is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that. I quit. Find somebody else. It was, I am confident, a fantasy widely shared throughout the executive branch.

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