The world’s newest country, South Sudan, acquired statehood on July 9 as a result of a partition of Sudan that was strongly encouraged by the U.S. (over many years) and ultimately by the EU as a last resort for ending civil war between the largely-Arab north and the sub-Saharan south.
American foreign-policy experts have called for NATO to seek to join in any international re-arrangements for Kirighi, "With the violence around Osh continuing and a very real possibility that the conflict could expand to engulf parts of neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, NATO and the United States must immediately engage with regional partners to help restore security", according to a New York Times piece authored by a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow.
The Greek foreign minister, Dora Bakoyannis, has the personal experience and poised public presence that comes from an extensive and successful political career. At 55, she has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since February 2006, coming to that post after gaining national prominence as a leader in the center-right New Democracy Party. Elected by the people of Athens to become the city’s first female mayor, she served four years starting in 2002, preparing and overseeing the Olympics in the capital of Greece, the country where the games were born and where the event in 2004 was hailed internationally as a success for the host nation.
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