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NATO Expansion, Russian DemiseTensions between Russia and other former Soviet republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States make it an unreliable guarantor of regional security. NATO expansion, meanwhile, is only adding to the uncertainty.
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By the time this issue goes to print, chances are the bombing in Yugoslavia will be over. NATO leaders are currently meeting with Serbian ...
Crisis of the Commonwealth of Independent States
In January 1999, Azerbaijan's national security adviser, Vafa
Guluzade, urged NATO and Washington to exchange their base in
Incirlik, Turkey, for one in Azerbaijan to help defend against
threats from Russia and Armenia. Azerbaijan feels menaced by
earlier Russian arms sales to Armenia, Armenia's refusal to
negotiate a peace to the Nagorno-Karabakh war, and the
continuing flow of new Russian planes, S--300 antiair
missiles, and forces into Armenia. It also thereby sought to
place itself under NATO's umbrella rather than under the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
which proposed an unacceptable peace plan for the war in
Nagorno-Karabakh. Shortly thereafter, Uzbekistani President
Islam Karimov announced that his country would leave the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) collective security
accord and blasted Russian interference and hegemonic policies
in Central Asia. Georgia and Azerbaijan appear ready to follow
his lead. ...
'New NATO' Creates Instability in Europe
The decision taken by NATO leaders in 1997 to invite Poland,
Hungary, and the Czech Republic to join the alliance was a
watershed event. For the first time, NATO undertook security
responsibilities in central and eastern Europe. Although the
alliance did not embark on a second round of membership
expansion at its Washington summit meeting in April 1999,
additional enlargement seems likely at some point. President
Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright emphasized
that NATO membership is theoretically open to any European
democracy. Albright has gone even further, asserting that no
democratic country will be excluded because of where it is
located on the map--a clear reference to the aspirations of
the three Baltic republics and a display of brazen contempt
for Russia's sensitivity about the issue. ...