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12.05.2020

"Is NATO Preparing for a New Mission in Africa?"

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Angesichts des chinesischen und russischen Interesses an den Entwicklungen in Afrika sollte auch die NATO eine aktivere Rolle auf dem Kontinent ins Auge fassen, empfiehlt Joseph Hammond. "France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy have long sought for NATO to play a larger role in what it refers to as the challenge of the 'southern flank,' a catchall term for Africa and the Middle East, for these countries’ history and geography have long involved them in African security issues. Other members of NATO argue the focus should be on the 'eastern flank' — a euphemism for Russia. An Africa-centered resolution at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in London was opposed by the German delegation, though it eventually passed. The United States in recent years has begun to side increasingly with the southern flank view that unless NATO increasingly goes out of its area, it will go out of business. (…) NATO believes the alliance has more to offer African militaries than their Russian counterparts. NATO bureaucrats often speak fondly of the organization’s success in one European country that could serve as a model for its work in Africa: Macedonia, where it forged a multiethnic and non-sectarian force."

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13.03.2020

"How Dictatorships Make Pandemics Worse"

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Danielle Pletka macht China und Iran für den weltweiten Corona-Ausbruch mitverantwortlich. Diktaturen seien in derartigen Krisenfällen generell schlechter gerüstet als Demokratien. "Dictatorships make you sick. Not spiritually, not morally (though both may apply), but actually sick. Consider the responses to coronavirus by China and Iran, two authoritarian regimes whose rank mismanagement and compulsion to cover-up have driven the world to a full-blown pandemic. (…) Cultural differences aside, the real difference between the Chinas and Irans and the rest of the world is the nature of communication between the people and their government. To put it bluntly, more people contract disease and more people die in countries without democratic governance. (…) At the end of the day, The Economist found what some of us instinctively know: Democracies, despite the lack of diktat, despite the consensus building required, despite the cumbersome decision-making process, are not afraid of the people. Democratic leaders are not afraid of information, and as a result, can judge the efficacy of their efforts, can fine tune and adjust, and can respond to the flow of news in a way that optimizes life saving."

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