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NATO AND THE PARIS ATTACKS: WHY THERE WILL NOT BE AN ARTICLE V RESPONSE

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STANLEY R. SLOAN
Reporting on the aftermath of the Paris attacks has included a good bit of speculative (and not necessarily well-informed) commentary on whether or not NATO’s collective defense provision (Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty) would come into play. As of this writing, France has not requested that Article V be invoked in response to the attacks apparently directed and organized by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Is NATO relevant or is it finally a relic?


by Harlan Ullman, Upi Arnaud De Borchgrave Distinguished Columnist, Washington Examiner

Ι think it's possibly the beginning of the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I think it's that serious. We just can't sit back and let this happen." General James Jones, USMC (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Shanghai out, NATO in


Suat Kiniklioğlu
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is making sure that we are all sitting on the edges of our seats. Indeed, he has again managed to make a full U-turn without any qualms or conflict with his inner self whatsoever.

The Guardian view on Turkey: the EU’s ambivalent partner

Editorial, theguardian
Turkey has always had the potential to be at the diplomatic heart of the Syrian crisis. This week Turkey’s moment arrived; and it is set to continue. On Monday prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held talks in Brussels with EU leaders intent on enlisting his help in controlling the refugee crisis.

Trade, economy, and pro-Russian opinion in Georgia

 

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst

According to a recent survey by the U.S. National Democratic Institute, support for membership in the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has doubled in Georgia since 2014, to 31 percent.

How the EU process helped empower Erdoğan


Amanda Paul
The EU has found itself in a position of weakness when it comes to influencing developments in Turkey.Words of concern (most recently related to the violence that has spread through the country as a consequence of the renewed conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK], along with ongoing systematic violations of civil liberties and freedoms including freedom of the media) more or less fall on deaf ears.

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