Voice of Russia
Feb 28, 2011
This is the question we addressed to Rick Rozoff, US journalist covering NATO enlargement and analyst with a Canadian independent Center for Research on Globalization.
They talk currently about military intervention in Libya which can take a number of forms. I think it is important to recall that the Chief Military Commander of European Command is also the supreme Commander of NATO. So currently for example US Admiral James Stavridis occupies both posts. But until Africa Command became an independent Command, the first new overseas US military command since the end of the Cold war, I believe the launching of Africa Command is a signal. It is also worth mentioning that recently the population of Africa was estimated to exceed 1 billion people, which makes it the second most populated in the world next to Asia.
My point was that the US European command launched Africa, it was very much in conjunction with NATO, including the fact that the European command and the NATO are run by the same person, so there is an organic connection between these two organizations. NATO became involved openly in Africa, in 2006. In some articles it stands that African stand-by force is based on NATO’s response, and of course we had NATO first operation in Africa in 2005, when NATO airlifted over 30 000 African Union peace keepers in the West of Sudan. We know NATO actively involved in airlifting and sea lifting both troops and suppliers in Somalia. Starting last March, NATO airlifted several thousand Ugandan troops both in and out of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Until now NATO has conducted 2 operations, currently the name is “Ocean shield” operation, which has been extended till the end of next year. So we are seeing the extension of NATO from its Cold war traditional boundaries, between 1999 and 2009 we saw NATO’s expansion to include the countries of Eastern Europe. There is also one major European country, excluding microstates like Vatican and Monaco, there is only one nation in Europe that is not either a member of NATO or engaged in a partnership program with NATO, and that is Cyprus. Its parliament avoided to bring the country into the NATO partnership for Peace program. Every single nation is either a member of NATO or engaged in a transition program in some sort. So it seems now that NATO is moving onto the next continent.
- Africa: Global NATO Seeks To Recruit 50 New Military Partners by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Egypt: Will U.S. And NATO Launch Second Suez Intervention? by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Britain Spearheads “Mini-NATO” In Arctic Ocean, Baltic Sea by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Employs Afghan War To Build Global NATO by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Pentagon And NATO Apply Afghanistan-Pakistan War Model To Africa by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- U.S. And NATO Prolong And Expand Greater Afghan War by Rick Rozoff (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)