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NATO summit coverage


NATO summit coverage

A Meeting Of 'Old' And 'New' Minds

Commentary: Germany And The Georgian And Ukrainian NATO Bids

NATO Diary: Bucharest, You Are No Munich!

New NATO Commitments Lead Kabul To Take Greater Security Role

France Offers Troops To Bolster ISAF Mission

Central Asia: Odd Couple Crashes NATO Summit

NATO: Overtaxed Allies Assess Role In Afghanistan

Russia: NATO Divided On Expanding Alliance, But Moscow's Stance Is Clear

Vox Pop: Is 'Fear Factor' Behind Your Country's NATO Aspirations?

NATO: Defense Ministers Focus On Afghan Reconstruction

NATO: In Rough Neighborhood, Hopefuls Feel Lure Of 'Soft Power'

LOTS TO TALK ABOUT: The agenda of this week's NATO summit in the Romanian capital has included key questions about relations with the Balkans, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Russia. Entering the event, there was risk of gridlock, as Georgia and Ukraine sought "Membership Action Plans" over strident objections from Russia. Meanwhile, Balkan aspirants Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia already had their MAPs but faced varying degrees of resistance to their membership from inside the alliance. Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (pictured above) and NATO leaders were also grappling with the alliance's biggest current challenge and putative "top priority," its Afghan mission. Relations with Russia provided further drama as Washington pressed ahead with its effort to build a missile-defense system in Europe.

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