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Unformatted text preview: Current Events Journal Albania Sean Hallisey 9/17/2007 In the article Weapons Destruction Program Reduces Threat, Enhances Security, State Department analyst Jacqueline S. Porth discusses the destruction of a chemical weapons stockpile by the Albanian government. The program was begun within the United States Congress by Senators Lugar and Nunn, and Congress appropriated funds to nations with large weapons stockpiles that were threatened by theft or illicit use. In the case of Albania, it is the first nation to receive Nunn-Lugar program aid and destroy its entire stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, which Senator Lugar states proves that we can work with other governments in new environments. o Porth, Jacqueline S. Weapons Destruction Program Reduces Threat, Enhances Security. USINFO Information Portal . 17 Sept 2007. &lt; http:// usinfo.state.gov &gt;. This raises the issue for myself of whether or not the US Government is forcing former Communist nations to give up weapons stockpiles without formally giving them security forces when necessary. By depleting their current arsenals, these nations will have no defense against an attack of massive proportions. Although chemical weapons are awful and against the laws of war, they can still be used as a detractor for possible attackers, especially in the Balkans where peace can never fully be guaranteed. 9/20/2007 In the article EU Makes Travel Easier for 5 Balkan States, the decision to lower travel barriers to the former Yugoslavia and Albania is discussed. It will now be much easier to get visa from EU countries, and travel for citizens of the former Yugoslavia and Albania will be much easier to accomplish. The Balkan states in return will need to reaccept refugees that fled the nations into the EU during the wars of the 1990s. o EU Makes Travel Easier for 5 Balkan States. United Press International . 20 Sept 2007. &lt; http://www.upi.com &gt;. This raises the argument of whether or not the EU is trying to expand into the former Yugoslavia and Albania, or whether they are just trying to get rid of the refugees that have plagued the surrounding nations since the early 1990s. 9/26/2007 In the article Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro to build pipeline, the author discusses the signing of a deal to create a linked Trans-Adriatic pipeline to cost about 230 million. The deal, struck in Zagreb, will help supply gas to all of the population of Albania and Croatia, and will lay the groundwork for newly independent Montenegro to supply new forms of energy to its people.independent Montenegro to supply new forms of energy to its people....
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