Преобразовать Черноморский регион на западный лад

Кровавая развязка кризиса с заложниками в здании школы в Северной Осетии и недавние столкновения в Грузии между правительственными войсками и сепаратистами привели к тому, что неспокойный Черноморский регион вновь попал на первые страницы газет. Этот рост насилия представляет собой также сигнал тревоги для Запада, подчёркивая необходимость новой евроатлантической стратегии в жизненно важном регионе, находящемся на перекрёстке Европы, Азии и Ближнего Востока.

Действительно, Черноморский регион находится на восточной границе евроатлантического сообщества со всем Ближним Востоком. С учётом того, что список стратегических проблем Запада сейчас возглавляют Афганистан, Ирак и Иран, утверждение демократии и безопасности в этих новых пограничных территориях евроатлантического сообщества стало непреложной необходимостью как для США, так и для ЕС. Более того, успех в этом деле может научить нас тому, как облегчить пугающий процесс реформ и модернизации на Ближнем Востоке в целом.

"Революция роз" в Грузии зимой прошлого года продемонстрировала, что желание осуществить радикальную реформу сейчас существует. Впервые за всё время одна из стран региона подкрепляет свои устремления конкретными мерами, необходимыми для того, чтобы стать реальным кандидатом на вхождение, в конце концов, в состав евроатлантических структур. Те, кто посещает сейчас столицу Грузии, Тбилиси, наблюдают столь же сильную решимость присоединиться к Западу, какая наблюдалась десятилетие назад в странах Балтии.

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