DefenseNews reports that a scheduled January 5 referendum in Georgia on the issue of snap parliamentary elections will also include the question, "Do you support Georgia's entry into NATO?" Georgia is currently working to fulfill an Individual Partnership Action Plan under NATO tutelage.
If Georgia chooses to continue the slog toward full NATO membership, success will require convincing the current NATO clique that Georgia can be, on net, a security contributor rather than a security consumer (see NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's speech on Georgian membership).
This referendum brings to mind two important questions: should NATO expand, and if so, which countries should it invite?
US Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani believes "NATO should be open to expanding its membership" to include Australia, South Korea, Israel, India, Japan and Singapore. Mr. Giuliani argues that NATO should be more than a military alliance, but a "global security alliance."