Drazo Kraishnik analyzes the geopolitical influence of Russia in the Baltics.
Author: Drazo Kraishnik
Georgia: the little engine that couldn’t
Drazo Kraishnik discusses Georgia and its attempts at NATO membership.
Kosovo and the long road ahead
On March 28, 1999, NATO airstrikes began bombing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (modern day Serbia and Montenegro). NATO’s stated mission was to stop the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Serbia’s province of Kosovo. On June 28, 1999, the Kumanovo Treaty was signed with Yugoslav forces agreeing to withdraw from Kosovo and allow for the Read More…
Finland’s tango with neutrality and NATO membership
This week’s article on NATO expansion focuses on Finland; its security situation within Europe, and its evolving relationship with NATO. Following the end of World War Two, Finland became a militarily neutral state. Though officially a Western market economy, Finland enjoyed a special relationship with the Soviet Union and the West in the Cold War Read More…
FYROM and its persisting obstacles towards NATO membership
As war was tearing apart Yugoslavia in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) seceded from the Yugoslav state peacefully. The newly independent small nation suffered from the typical structural problems of former communist states in transition; unemployment, corruption, rampant black and grey markets and brain drain. In addition to Read More…
Bosnia: Schizophrenic politics and NATO membership
Drazo Kraishnik looks at politics surrounding Bosnia’s NATO membership.
Sweden and the never ending debate for NATO membership
Sweden has traditionally declared itself a neutral state since the early 19th century, when it lost one third of its territory during the Napoleonic wars including the loss of Finland to Russia. Though its territorial integrity is not in question today, Sweden’s military neutrality has been up for debate since Russia began asserting itself globally. Read More…