Archives for July, 2009

The Central and Eastern European region of the world was perceived as one of the most pro-American in the world in the beginning of the 90′s. Fall of the Berlin wall, iron curtain shuttered into pieces, democracy movements and the implementation of a new free market economy all contributed to a rapid economic development combined with the creation of new, more civilized, political standards.

Yet, the region also experienced the wave of anti-americanism in the last few years and was not immune to it. With the new administration and a new approach towards foreign policy (hitting the “reset” button in relations with Russia) the former leaders of the CEE countries wrote an open letter to the Obama Administration. The letter by itself is very interesting and I encourage anyone interested in geopolitics to read it. I believe this might be a document reprinted in history books in the years to come, as it is a perfect example of how geopolitics shifts. Here are the points, which I found most important in the letter:

  • Russia remains a concern for the CEE region and is (quote) “pursuing a 19th century agenda by using 21st century technology”.
  • The relations between CEE and America are generally positive, but the region is not a top priority for the US anymore.
  • The role of NATO and its strength is being questioned – should its mission be redefined?
  • A more systemic and deeper relation between the US and EU is needed…
  • …and it would be beneficial for the EU if it started speaking in one voice.



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