A number of areas may prove challenging for allied governments, Alliance politicians, or other international actors in supporting and sustaining NATO's new contributions to international stability.
In 2001, both Americans and Europeans spoke of building democracy in Afghanistan. Now the priority has shifted toward making the country stable and making Afghans responsible for security.
Given Washington’s “pivot” toward Asia, you would think Europe would be doing more to provide for its own military defense. You would be wrong.
The armed forces, so far, have gotten away relatively lightly among the drastic cuts that have affected health care, transportation, and education.
Over the course of a decade, Turkey has transformed itself from a status quo-oriented, peripheral member of NATO to an emerging power with an ambition to shape regional power dynamics.
Between now and 2014, the 50 countries participating in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan will have to empty their military bases and leave the landlocked country.
A slimmed down NATO could do a better job of harmonizing transatlantic positions in crisis situations, be the hub of multinational, high-end military operations, and develop expertise and capabilities to deal with new threats such as cyber attacks.
Nobody doubts the speed with which the security challenges faced by western governments are changing. The need for fresh thinking both from the military and the wide range of relevant civilian stakeholders is clear to all.
As Turkey’s regional role evolves, so does its relations with neighbors and in turn, its security challenges.
EASI brought together former policymakers, diplomats, generals, and business leaders from Russia, North America, and Europe to look at options to address the region’s faltering security system and to chart a roadmap of practical action that would lead to a more secure future.