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|Title:||How Can NATO Contribute to Ukraine and Georgia’s Border Security?|
|Publisher:||The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), 2016|
|Series/Date:||PISM Policy Papers No. 153 (No.12, July 2016)|
|Source Origin:||Professional/public/political organisation|
In this text, the focus is on the security of the borders of Ukraine and Georgia as well as the administrative boundaries that separate the areas controlled by the governments in Kyiv and Tbilisi from those occupied by Russian forces and separatists. Conflicts beyond NATO’s borders, such as the Russian occupation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia and its aggression in Ukraine, pose a threat to the security of NATO’s Eastern Flank states. Therefore, NATO’s ability to provide security to its members depends on the Alliance cooperating closely with its neighbours. In this respect, Ukraine and Georgia, both of which share borders with NATO members, are of special importance. NATO should build on the experience of its own members and join ranks with the European Union in order to further support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. Enhanced border security should be a key element of such partnerships.
|Keywords:||The Polish Institute of International Affairs / PISM|
|The Polish Institute of International Affairs is an analytical institution established by an act of Parliament in 1996 to carry out research and provide expertise in international affairs. PISM disseminates information on contemporary international issues and maintains contacts with academic and political centres in Poland and abroad. The Institute runs courses for public servants, maintains a library (open to the public; 165,000 books and journals), organises conferences, and publishes books, periodicals and documents on Polish foreign policy and international matters.
The funding for PISM comes from the budget. The director is appointed by the prime minister for a term of five years, following consultation with the minister of foreign affairs. The minister supervises the Institute and appoints its advisory council, which includes a representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, academics and officials.
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