Atlantic region renews its views on global peace and order

The Post Called War period is characterized by close cooperation among the countries of the Atlantic region and a mutual support in building peace and security. However, terror acts in the United States, Madrid and London as well as many regional conflicts demonstrate that this cooperation fails to fulfill its missions and goals. Today, all countries of the Atlantic region work on new projects and integrate even closer in all the areas, including economy, finance, politics and social development as to provide a solid basis for the world order and peace.
Since the end of the Cold War and up to now, Atlantic region that spreads from the United States to Central and Eastern Europe and Russia has started demonstrating a unique mood of solidarity in matters of international trade, security, social and economic development and politics. All countries of the Atlantic region have started to build a new Atlantic community, based on individual political rights and economic liberty. The final goal of the Atlantic region's cooperation was to achieve a lasting and equitable peaceful order in Europe.

The integration of the countries of the Atlantic region helped to transcend many old territorial disputes, irredentist claims and ethnic conflicts within and among member states. However, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when international economic centers were simply razed to the ground, have showed that the problems of world security and peace are still under the threat. The attacks on Madrid and London have also demonstrated that the threat is to all "Western" societies, and to the democratic principles on which they are founded, not only the United States.

These events as well as many regional conflicts and less destructive terror acts have pointed out that the ways of protecting the security and democracy should be far different from the measures undertaken earlier. Before the attacks, the aim of the NATO members was democratization of the Middle Eastern societies with an ultimate goal to promote stability and peace, which, in short term, led to absolutely opposite results, namely, to insecurity at home. Before these attacks, many countries of the Atlantic region disagreed that there was a common threat to the Atlantic security.

The problem is that building the new Atlantic community demands a strong leadership. In the long run, this leader should be the United States, but the US leadership was seriously shaken and weakened by the Bush administration's Iraq policies and the doubt of confidence in the EU's future. Hence, only by working together, the United States and its allies can effectively defend their democratic systems.

This led the Atlantic region to start developing a new Atlantic Community vision, however, the consensus on the ways of protecting democracy and structure of future security is not fully achieved yet. The countries strive for developing a more open, transparent and modernized concept, which would aim to spread democracy beyond the borders.

Nevertheless, the overall impression is still that the Western cooperation is burst open and there is much to be fixed. All shared values and common interests in the Atlantic region need to be reestablished. This demands innovative approaches to produce better mutual efforts in economic, political, social, financial and military aspects of the trans-Atlantic relationship.

In order to learn more about the process of integration and cooperation in the Atlantic region, visit the website of the Atlantic Community Initiative, an organization that aims at enhancing education, awareness and dialogue on most vital issues the Atlantic Community faces today.
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