Regions / Europe & Central Asia
It's hard for Americans, even progressive Americans, to imagine a future in which the U.S. is no longer the "indispensable country."
If there are any real effects on energy transport from the activities of the GUUAM group, then these will come through practical measures implemented in specific sectors.
A wise U.S. foreign policy would be one that is sensitive to Ukraineâs function as a bridge between Russia and the Western military alliance.
A dangerous blind spot in the incoming administrations view of Russian affairs is its inadequate understanding of the significance of the newly independent states.
Bush and his East-European ties
It is difficult to say what any new administrations policy will be by the end of the presidents term of office.
As in 1989, it was not the military prowess of the western alliance bringing freedom to an Eastern European country, but the power of nonviolent action by the subjugated peoples themselves.
Western powers appeared to be ill-prepared for the outbreak of hostilities when Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence on June 25, 1991.
The EU should neither be treated as a partner superpower with whom the U.S. can share the spoils of unfettered trade nor should it be underestimated as a subordinate global power.
President Bill Clinton's visit to NATO allies Greece and Turkey is raising new questions about the ongoing strategic relationship the United States has with these two historic rivals