Issue Brief posted June 17, 2016
NATO Summit 2016: NATO Must Reaffirm Its “Open Door” Policy
NATO has underpinned Europe and North America’s security for more than 67 years, so it is no surprise that many countries in the transatlantic region that are not already members want to join the alliance. NATO’s “open door” policy is critical to mobilizing Europe and its allies around a collective transatlantic defense. The U.S. should use the 2016 Warsaw summit in early…
Issue Brief posted June 14, 2016
NATO Summit 2016: Keeping Georgia on the Membership Track
The early July NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, offers an opportunity for the alliance to thank Georgia for its contribution in Afghanistan, congratulate Georgia on its military reforms, and lay the groundwork for deeper cooperation paving the way to eventual membership.
The U.S. should continue to support Georgia’s NATO aspirations and ensure that the summit delivers a…
Issue Brief posted August 14, 2015
The Perfect Opportunity to Advance the U.S.–Georgian Defense Relationship
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will meet with his Georgian counterpart, Tinatin Khidasheli, the week of August 17. Having recently been appointed as defense minister (and the first female defense minister in Georgia’s history), this will be Khidasheli’s first meeting at the Pentagon in her new role. Georgia has been a steadfast ally of the United States, and…
Issue Brief posted May 5, 2014
Strengthen Bilateral Defense Cooperation with Georgia
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will soon meet with his Georgian counterpart, Irakli Alasania. Georgia has been a steadfast ally of the United States. Thousands of Georgian troops have served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hundreds have been wounded, and dozens have been killed.
This meeting offers an opportunity for Secretary Hagel to thank…
Special Report posted November 26, 2013
The Eurasian Union: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity in the South Caucasus
The Southern Caucasus—Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia—is in Russia’s geopolitical crosshairs. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who once called the demise of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century,” is seeking economic and political alliances to restore Russia’s power in what then-President Dmitry Medvedev called its traditional…
Testimony posted September 21, 2012
The Importance of the Upcoming Georgian Elections for the United States and the West
Testimony before The Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe
(Helsinki Commission), U.S. Congress
September 20, 2012
Mr. Chairman, Congressmen, Secretary Melia, Ladies and Gentlemen:
My name is Ariel Cohen. I am Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The…
Issue Brief posted July 27, 2012
U.S.–Georgia Free Trade Agreement: Time to Get Moving
Journalist Michael Totten recently described Georgia as being at “the edge of the West” and recalled that U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union George F. Kennan famously said that “Russia can have at its borders only enemies or vassals.” Were he alive today, Kennan would have agreed that this is Georgia’s current predicament.
In spite of sharp economic contraction…
Issue Brief posted May 31, 2012
To-Do List for Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming Trip to the Caucasus and Turkey
On May 31, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will begin her tour of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. In Scandinavia, she will address several forums on climate change and green energy. While in Sweden, she will also discuss Internet freedom, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.
But it is in the Caucasus and Turkey that Clinton will…
Issue Brief posted March 19, 2012
NATO Enlargement Should Top Obama Agenda in Chicago
In May, NATO leaders will meet for the annual heads of state and government summit in Chicago. Absent from the summit’s agenda is the issue of enlargement—a pillar of the alliance. Since taking office, President Obama has done little to support the membership of qualified candidates. This year’s NATO summit provides an opportunity to correct this.
NATO’s “open door…