F. Stephen Larrabee, a specialist on European security issues, says NATO’s troubled expedition in Afghanistan shadows its 60th birthday summit in April, while prospects exist for easing tensions with Russia over missile defense in Europe.
Watch 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.
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.
Watch experts debate topics such as how NATO should deal with Russia in the aftermath of the war in Georgia, the membership status of Ukraine and Georgia, President Medvedev's proposal for a summit on European security, and others as part of the Council on Foreign Relations "NATO at 60" Symposium.
Should NATO go global or at least deepen its linkages with like-minded states on a global basis? Do calls for a new international security architecture threaten NATO's role as the preeminent alliance in Europe? What are the pros and cons of forming a League of Democracies? Are we headed to a post-alliance world in which ad hoc coalitions of the willing will be the main form of security cooperation?
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.
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."
Charles A. Kupchan, professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, says the just-concluded NATO summit illustrates the changes taking place in the alliance, where it will become increasingly difficult to reach agreements on issues.