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February 22, 2012 |  1 comment |  Print  Your Opinion  

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Building Partnerships: Q&A with NATO's James Appathurai

Editorial Team: Join Atlantic Community for our first Question & Answer session of 2012. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai will be taking your questions on NATO partnerships and regional initiatives, and answering in a video response.

As part of our Q&A series, James Appathurai, the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, will be taking questions from Atlantic Community members. In a first for this series, he will be responding to questions via video. The Political Affairs and Security Policy Division (PASP) is the "foreign affairs" arm of NATO, and deals with the Alliance's partnership initiatives and relations with other international organizations. It also provides political analysis and advice to the Secretary General on regional issues and manages NATO's relationships with international financial organizations, think tanks, and other institutes.

As Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Appathurai represents NATO at conferences with partners from around the world, and in his role as Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, he regularly meets with the heads of NATO Partner governments to discuss cooperative efforts and shared concerns. He has been involved with Georgia's continuing relationship with the Alliance and relations with key partners in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. He has also commented on backchannel discussions with China and NATO's evolving partnership with Australia and New Zealand.

Before moving into these roles, he was NATO Spokesman from 2004-2010. A native of Toronto, Canada, he has worked in Political Affairs at NATO since 1998 and previously held positions at the Canadian Department of National Defence and the national broadcaster CBC.

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Arab Spring Partnership is intriguing. Partnerships are arrangements, where parties agree to advance mutual interests, such as the "WEST".
Partnerships may now partner together to increase the likelihood to achieve their mission and to
amplify their reach, which is then usually called an Alliance, like NATO.
The oirgin of partnerships is in the Islamic Law. The QIRAD and the Mudarabas Institutions in Islamic Law and economic jurisprudence were the precursors to limited partnership. They were developed in the medieval Islamic World, when economies flourished and when early trading companies, big business contracts and long distance international trade was established.
In medieval Italy, on the other hand, a business organization, known as COMMENDA appeared in the 10th century. As an institution, the Commenda is very identical to QIRAD, but whether QIRAD transformed into COMMENDA, or the two institutions eveloved indepedently is not known.
On another note, the Arab Spring is really a form of emancipation for Arab People, after about 1000 years of Colonialism and (forced)Autocracies
My reasom for reflecting is simple:
With our Western Money Stock (USD/ GBP), which is enriched continously and disproportionate
(with M3 supply not reported) for our interest based monetary structure in a fee market environment,
will the application of above to the new Arab Spring Countries be a pre-requisite for our proposed Partnership.
If so, prehaps the phrase acquisition, hopefully not hostile takeover with a new assignment for NATO,
could be more appropriate.


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