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  • Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership Useful for European Security?
    April 28, 2022

    Russia’s war in Ukraine is making neutral Finland and Sweden seriously consider joining NATO. Such membership would strengthen the alliance’s defenses and greatly increase security in the Baltic region.

  • NATO’s New (Old) Mission: Territorial Defense

    John R. DeniTuesday, March 22, 2022

      NATO must double down on deterrence and collective defense to stop any Russian attacks on its territory. That may mean a return to some level of conscription among more European allies.

    • Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

      Judy DempseyThursday, January 06, 2022

        Transatlantic disunity and a lack of strategy over how to deal with Russia’s ultimatum is placing Europe’s security architecture at risk. The West has no choice but to put up a strong united front.

      • Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

        Judy DempseyTuesday, December 07, 2021

          Together, the United States and Europe can modernize the post–1945 international order. This requires a strong commitment to democracy and the defense of the norms and values that define the West.

        • NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

          John R. DeniThursday, December 02, 2021

            NATO struggles to respond to events falling in between the seams of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. Allies should use the 2022 Strategic Concept to map out how they will deal with Russian and Chinese hybrid warfare.

          • The EU’s Humiliating Failure in Bosnia

            Kurt BassuenerThursday, November 04, 2021

              The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility.

            • The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone

              Judy DempseyTuesday, November 02, 2021

                The global arms control regime is disintegrating. To reverse this trend, Europe and the United States will have to find a way to engage both Russia and China.

              • France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

                Philippe Le CorreThursday, October 07, 2021

                  Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue.

                • Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

                  Geoff KitneyTuesday, September 28, 2021

                    Unconvinced by the EU’s stance toward an increasingly assertive China, Australia has sidelined Europe in its approach to the Indo-Pacific. This places Canberra’s trade and diplomatic relations with Europe at risk.

                  • Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

                    Judy DempseyThursday, September 23, 2021

                      Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces.

                    • What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

                      Rosa BalfourTuesday, September 21, 2021

                        The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship. The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake.

                      • Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

                        Judy DempseyThursday, September 16, 2021

                          The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.

                        • Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player

                          Judy DempseyTuesday, September 07, 2021

                            Blaming NATO and the United States for the West’s failure in Afghanistan won’t help Europe establish a credible security and defense policy. Its continued absence leaves the EU’s citizens and neighborhoods vulnerable.

                          • The Hollowness of Global Britain

                            Peter KellnerTuesday, August 31, 2021

                              Illusions about the UK’s special relationship with the United States and a supposedly painless Brexit have been shed. The inability of Boris Johnson’s government to face up to that makes it impossible to define a new role for Britain in the world.

                            • What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe

                              Judy DempseyTuesday, August 24, 2021

                                The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban lays bare Europe’s lack of strategic foresight and dangerous dependence on the United States. The EU must address its shortcomings or risk losing the ability to defend its values and interests.

                              • The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

                                Judy DempseyThursday, July 15, 2021

                                  Chancellor Merkel’s last official visit to the White House holds a special political significance. President Biden has placed human rights and rule of law at the top of his agenda, just as these values are under attack from within and outside Europe.

                                • Russia-Europe Relations Depend on Moscow Confronting the Past

                                  Judy DempseyThursday, June 24, 2021

                                    A defining feature of Russia’s leadership is the refusal to deal with the country’s Stalinist past. Until the Kremlin stops whitewashing history, a politically stable relationship between Europe and Russia cannot exist.

                                  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Ready for China?

                                    Judy DempseyThursday, June 17, 2021

                                      At the latest NATO summit, allies jointly identified China as a systemic challenge to alliance security. But diverging views on China’s challenge among the partners hinder a consensus on NATO action.

                                    • The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation

                                      Rosa BalfourTuesday, June 15, 2021

                                        The Americans and Europeans have to reconcile their differences in dealing with authoritarian regimes. This is an immense challenge facing these democracies.

                                      • Joe Biden’s Europe Visit: Mending What Trump Broke

                                        Marc PieriniThursday, June 10, 2021

                                          At the NATO summit, President Biden will have to deal with Donald Trump’s pernicious legacy. The biggest challenges include Russia and Turkey, both of which have undermined the alliance solidarity.

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