Javier Solana

For Javier Solana's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 19, 2012

Whose sovereignty is it anyway?

Despite the huge sums expended to write down Greece’s foreign debt, there has been an outcry of censure against “interference” with the country’s national sovereignty. True, in exchange for considerable European aid, Greece’s ability to maneuver independently will be limited. But are complaints that ...

Jan 11, 2012

Does promise or peril await in North Korea?

Two days after Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s leader, died in a train in his country, South Korean authorities still knew nothing about it. Meanwhile, American officials seemed at a loss, with the State Department at first merely acknowledging that press reports had mentioned ...

Oct 13, 2011

Security Council failing the Syria test

On Oct. 2 in Istanbul, Syria’s disparate opposition movements gave the go-ahead for the formation of a “Syrian National Council.” This is the most important step yet taken by the fragmented forces that have been trying since May to lead a peaceful uprising against ...

Aug 9, 2011

Going beyond indefensible national interests

Humanity’s main concerns today are not so much concrete evils as indeterminate threats. We are not worried by visible dangers, but by vague ones that could strike when least expected — and against which we are insufficiently protected. There are specific, identifiable dangers, but ...

Jun 16, 2011

Time to reset ties between the EU and Turkey

Just five months ago, Osama bin Laden was alive, Hosni Mubarak was firmly in control in Egypt, and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia with an iron hand. Today, popular rebellion and political change have spread throughout the region. We have witnessed brutal repression ...

May 21, 2011

Mediterranean's monumental transformation

The Mediterranean is undergoing a monumental political transformation. Protests on its southern shores have now begun the process of bringing democracy to this region. Less visibly, perhaps, the Mediterranean is also undergoing another revival, equally important in terms of geo-economics. The changes in the ...

Sep 12, 2010

Old thinking and alliances endanger G20

MADRID — The world financial crisis has served as a quick and efficient catalyst for the Group of 20 economies. The first three G20 summits of chiefs of state — in Washington, London and Pittsburgh — will be remembered for advancing multilateralism and coordinated ...

Jun 25, 2010

Obama takes the broad approach to security

MADRID — Time and again in our Nation’s history, Americans have risen to meet — and to shape — moments of transition. This must be one of those moments. So begins the U.S. National Security Strategy, presented before Congress on May 27. As with ...

Oct 10, 2009

EU making the world safer

BRUSSELS — 2009 is a landmark year for the European Union’s role in the world. It marks 10 years of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), during which the EU became a global provider of security, making a real difference to people’s lives ...