Speakers: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Ali A. Jalali, and Barnett R. Rubin Presider: Stewart M. Patrick
Listen to experts shed light on such topics as what broad changes in NATO strategy are needed in Afghanistan, how NATO and U.S. forces can achieve unity of concept as well as unity of command, what can be done to better integrate the humanitarian, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism missions, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Speakers: Stewart Eldon, General Sir John Mccoll, and Andrew Moravcsik Presider: Robert E. Hunter
Listen to experts provide their insights on topics such as EU and NATO political and military cooperation, France’s role in NATO, EU defense policy, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Speakers: Stewart Eldon, General Sir John McColl, and Andrew Moravcsik Presider: Robert E. Hunter
Watch experts provide their insights on topics such as EU and NATO political and military cooperation, France's role in NATO, EU defense policy, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Charles A. Kupchan, CFR senior fellow for Europe studies, says Obama's "popularity and the departure of President Bush" create a "window of opportunity to improve relations between the United States and Russia and between the United States and the European Union.
Robert E. Hunter, who was U.S. ambassador to NATO during the Clinton administration, says he does not expect NATO foreign ministers to enlarge the alliance to include Georgia or Ukraine at the next meeting in December.
As Washington embarks on a strategic review of the mission in Afghanistan, a new Saudi diplomatic initiative has raised the once unthinkable prospect of talks with the Taliban. Meanwhile, pessimism and frustration test the patience of NATO allies.
Authors: Christopher Dickey, John Barry, and Owen Matthews
Middle East Regional Editor Christopher Dickey, Contributing Editor John Barry, and Moscow Bureau Chief Owen Matthews report that Russia is weaker than it looks. Most NATO leaders insist the world is too interdependent to allow another cold war. Russia is not the Soviet Union. And Western powers don't want to be drawn into a game of bluff that will only inflate Vladimir Putin's prestige.
Steven Pifer, an expert on Russian affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, says U.S.-Russia relations have "deteriorated significantly" since their high point just after 9/11. The next U.S. administration should return to negotiations on limiting strategic arms and other areas of mutual interest, he says.
Robert E. Hunter, a former U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, says Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili miscalculated by sending troops into South Ossetia in mid-August, but in the end, "Russia is the loser here."
Experts discuss the various foreign policy challenges the next U.S. administration will face as part of a three-day symposium during the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, cosponsored with the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
This symposium was underwritten by Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, the Stanford Financial Group, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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