By Edmond Y. Azadian
The current political week is fully scandal-ridden, as WikiLeaks divulges secret underhanded deals by major and minor powers. And nations caught by surprise are running for cover.
The leaks have provided a field day for journalists and commentators.
On the margins of this scandalous week, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is holding its seventh meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, with the participation of 50 nations, scheduled to take place December 1-2.
The summit meeting already has an overwhelming agenda in order to deal with many intractable problems in a very limited time. Originally, the presidents of the OSCE co-chairing countries were supposed to be attending. But early on, the US announced that the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, would be representing her country. Very recently French President Nicholas Sarkozy changed plans (perhaps to continue chasing gypsies from his country) and was replaced by the newly-appointed Prime Minister Francois Fillion. Therefore, from the three co-chairing countries, only Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, will be present. That is an indication as to how important this meeting is for the major powers.
The summit will mostly deal with problems created after the collapse of the Soviet Union, namely the frozen conflicts in the Caucasus and Trans-Dniestr, as well as an old chestnut, Afghanistan. It is anticipated that Georgia will complain about the Russian military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.