Tuesday, September 05, 2006
National Interest Online is here
National Interest online debuts today.
Contributing Editor and Ha'aretz diplomatic editor, dateline Tel Aviv, explains Lebanon's aftershocks and its impacts on Israel, the Palestinians, Lebanon and Iran. Former Secretary of Defense (among his other responsibilities) Frank Carlucci puts forward his perspective on a final status arrangement for Kosovo: independence for the province and accelerated steps toward regional integration and EU membership for all states in the western Balkans--something that will also require a continued U.S. presence.
Michael Scheuer, no stranger to provocative thinking, explains why Al-Qaeda is the victor in the recent Lebanon war.
Rounding out the starting line-up, Michael Vlahos' The Long War discusses how rhetoric wrongfully employed leads us to bad policies, while Newsweek's Stephen Glain, just returned from the Middle East, worries that "http://www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=11988">The Bush Administration cannot neutralize its adversaries in the Middle East without first giving its friends there an incentive to assist it."
And from the print edition, Senator Joseph Biden explains his foreign policy approach to Iraq in greater detail while Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes hold President Bush up to the yardstick of Winston Churchill--and find room for improvement.
Thanks also to all those who have continued to comment on the C-SPAN forum last week by e-mailing the magazine.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant is reporting:
Another ministry source admitted to Kommersant that the cancellation of Torgau 2006 has political causes. “Recently our overseas allies have actively supported states that are, to put it mildly, oriented against Russia in issues of settling conflicts in the Caucasus and Transdniestria,” the source said. “It is kind of awkward to hold large-scale Russian-American exercises in these conditions.”
US & Russia are each pursuing their own interests as best as they can. This is business as usual.
Expedient partnership still requires from time to time having regular working relations. US does joint things with the Chinese all the time. It simply helps to have people on both sides of the arrangement familiar with your operations. So fine, the US and Russia don't need to be friends, don't need to be soulmates, but they can work more effectively on specific issues if they can practice together. So canceling exercises is a sign that Moscow doesn't see things as even business as usual anymore.