INTRODUCTION

Editorial Geostrategic Pulse No 272 - Introduction

INTRODUCTION

Constantin IACOBIŢĂ

 

This editorial is dedicated, first and foremost to recognizing the initiative, the complex and continuous efforts behind this initiative, as well as the steadfast dedication and commitment that Mr. Corneliu Pivariu has shown to the Geostrategic Pulse.  

I was very honoured by the offer to take over both Ingepo Consulting and the Geostrategic Pulse. Now, I  have to confess that the decision to humbly accept it was also founded on the contacts and friendships I had the chance to make during years of diplomatic duty in countries and regions relevant for the international affairs and security.

While deeply aware of the richness and complexity of the heritage bestowed upon me, I hope I will succeed to preserve and promote it according to expectations.

I strongly believe this will be possible through continuous personal devotion and efforts, through contributions from current collaborators as well as those willing to honor us with articles, analysis and assessments covering topics of regional and international interest.

You are kindly invited, dear collaborators and readers of the Geostrategic Pulse, to offer ideas and directions to develop the magazine.

Highly appreciated would also be contributions covering the current horizon and evolutions relevant for Europe, the Trans-Atlantic relationship and the international environment for years to come. The following I would like to mention, among other:

·           elections, both for the European Parliament and national. The EU Parliament is due for re-election in May, while at national level ten legislative and eight presidential elections are scheduled for this year. The results of these elections should give us an image on evolutions of European integration and security, immigration policies and so on;  

·           Brexit, surrounded by uncertainties affecting both the policy calendars of London and other European capitals, and the common defense calendar;

·           NATO’s seventieth anniversary, in April 2019. It is expected to test the Alliance’s unity and strategic direction, in the context of the above and a number of other relevant factors, among which: this year  negotiations on the next European Union budget (for the period 2021-2027), the first to directly allocate EU financing for defense; the USA-EU trade negotiations, due to continue well into 2019;      

·           the recent decision of president Putin to suspend Russia’s participation in the Intermediate Range Nuclear Treaty (INF). While expected (given the similar step taken by the US shortly before), the decision was followed (on March 3, 2019) by an announcement stating Russia’s plans to develop land-based missiles by adapting existing intermediate missiles (Kalibr);  

·           the failed summit in Hanoi (February 27, 2019) between president Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  

·           after the summit both sides were keen to underline that diplomacy would continue. Nevertheless, a number of international media made public, at the beginning of the week of March 11, North Korean activities indicating preparations for a possible launch at Sohae facility. And, to make the things more complicated, shortly after the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit the Russians announced preparations for a visit to Moscow of the North Korean leader;

·           last but not least, evolutions in conflict/ crises areas in our region.        

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