Each year, barely perceptible tectonic movements pull Europe and North America a few inches further apart. These days “continental drift” applies to geopolitics at least as much as it does to geology. But there is still space for meaningful transatlantic cooperation.
Unless Europeans resolve their tension between being part of a place and becoming a global player, others will decide Europe’s strategic future.
If the international system is moving toward great-power competition, having a Europe that is more integrated, including on defense issues, and better able to withstand pressure from Russia and China ultimately serves America’s own interest.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
The 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy appears destined to fall short of fully satisfying American allies.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Turkey’s military operation in Afrin is a harbinger of more difficult ties with the United States.
European policy toward Iran is likely to be hampered both by transatlantic tensions and regional turmoil.
Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Over the past year, European defense collaboration has arguably made more progress than in the past decade.