July 2016

Keeping NATO Relevant and United

Despite all the unsettling news coming out of Europe, not least Britain’s divorce from the common market, one traditional trans-Atlantic alliance remains essentially intact: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. At its latest summit meeting in Warsaw, NATO did what it had to do to stay relevant and reasonably united. “We’re moving forward with the most significant reinforcement of collective defense any time since the Cold War,” was the way President Obama summed things up.

Did Obama get Erdogan wrong?

By MICHAEL CROWLEY

A few months before Friday’s attempted coup in Turkey, pro-government media outlets there published reports that the United States was actively plotting to depose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Things came to a head at a State Department briefing in late March, when a Turkish reporter confronted spokesman John Kirby with the rumor: “Does the U.S. government try to overthrow the Erdogan government?” he asked.

A newly confident and audacious Germany

By Constanze Stelzenműller

Germany’s neighbors and allies mostly concede that the country has taken responsibility for the horrors of its past. What they really worry about is what course it charts for the future. As Europe’s largest economy and its de facto leader, as well as the United States’ current partner of choice on the continent, Germany’s actions are of consequence not only to itself. Or as Poland’s then-Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski memorably said in Berlin in 2011 : “I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.”

Russia and NATO after the Warsaw Summit

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The NATO summit in Warsaw marked an important stage in the evolution of NATO countries’ military and political planning and in the evolution of the alliance as a whole. Officials from the NATO states and the Alliance itself compared the Warsaw Summit in its significance to the summits held when bipolar confrontation was coming to an end: to the 1990 London Summit and to the 1991 Rome Summit. Warsaw Summit documents and statements made on the summit’s sidelines sound, as never before, like harsh answers to a perceived threat. In this sense, NATO has come closer to Russia whose rhetoric had changed in this regard years ago.

Successor SSBN: a Necessary Strategic Decision for the UK Parliament

By John Gower

The time is long overdue for Parliament to take its vote on the main investment decision to build the four successor SSBN to replace the now ageing Vanguard class. Having delegated its democratically elected leadership responsibilities over the UK’s membership of the EU it must make this equally strategic decision for the country in this session. At stake is not only the bedrock of the security of the UK and her national interests, but those of our Allies in NATO and further afield.