Throughout its history, NATO has endured because it adapts to each successive new challenge. As the alliance enters its eighth decade, it shows every indication of doing so again.
Hold your breath! The American and French presidents’ provocative views on NATO are good for the alliance—provided Germany starts acting strategically.
The EU’s ambition is to become a more strategically autonomous security player. But this will require more attention to designing EU defense initiatives so they strengthen both European and transatlantic security.
NATO, and especially its European members, are increasingly questioning Turkey’s reliability, especially since Ankara launched a military incursion in Syria.
By calling NATO brain-dead, President Macron has ruffled feathers across Europe in the hope of injecting a strategic culture. The takers have been few, the criticism loud, the feedback minimal.
Trump and Brexit are challenging Europe’s defense cooperation. The incoming European Commission will need to devote time and effort to make up for any shortfall.
In a time of worsening security in the neighborhood and uncertainty about relations with the United States, traditional European alliances are beginning to falter.
The alliance’s reflex is to shy away from political discussions. This doesn’t bode well when it comes to even thinking about developing a shared strategic outlook toward China.
The European Defense Fund holds the potential to fundamentally challenge the nature of the EU as a peace project.
The EU is right to take a more comprehensive approach to the Middle East and resist attempts to demonize Iran, but it must carefully craft its approach to avoid endangering the security alliance with the US that it depends on.