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    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma
    Apr18

    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma

    Ted Galen Carpenter NATO’s European members, especially the newest members in eastern Europe, incessantly fret about the threat that Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to their countries and the continent. Their worries were noticeable even before the eruption of the Ukraine crisis in 2013 and 2014. Moscow’s 2008 military...

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy
    Apr13

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy

    Christopher A. Preble In his less than ten weeks on the job as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson has found himself subjected to almost daily criticism. Vladimir Putin initially refusing to meet with him. In the end, the two men did meet, but made little headway. During a meeting with European foreign ministers, he wondered aloud, “Why should U.S....

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy
    Apr13

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy

    Christopher A. Preble In his less than ten weeks on the job as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson has found himself subjected to almost daily criticism. Vladimir Putin initially refusing to meet with him. In the end, the two men did meet, but made little headway. During a meeting with European foreign ministers, he wondered aloud, “Why should U.S....

    Don’t Start a New Cold War over Syria
    Apr13

    Don’t Start a New Cold War over Syria

    Ted Galen Carpenter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow this week for his previously scheduled official visit with Russian officials. His journey came at a time when the chill in bilateral relations is especially acute following the U.S. missile strikes on Syria in response to the Assad government’s alleged use of chemical...

    The Case for a European Nuke
    Mar30

    The Case for a European Nuke

    Doug Bandow Europe is feeling a bit abandoned these days. Used to regular reassurances from Washington on its commitment to transatlantic security, European leaders are now shifting their defense strategies in response to mixed signals from President Donald Trump on the United States’ role in NATO. Even Secretary of Defense James Mattis has...

    Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy That Brought Him Victory?
    Mar13

    Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy That Brought Him Victory?

    Doug Bandow Candidate Donald Trump offered a sharp break from his predecessors. He was particularly critical of neoconservatives, who seemed to back war at every turn. Indeed, he promised not to include in his administration “those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies...

    Montenegro Awaits Senate Verdict: President Donald Trump Should End NATO Expansion Charade
    Mar08

    Montenegro Awaits Senate Verdict: President Donald Trump Should End NATO Expansion Charade

    Doug Bandow The postage stamp country of Montenegro expected to be rushed into NATO during Washington’s lame duck period before the unpredictable Donald Trump became president. But Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, to their credit more concerned about America than wannabe foreign dependents, blocked ratification of the ratification...

    What Russian Threat? Americans Shouldn’t Be Running Scared of Moscow
    Mar07

    What Russian Threat? Americans Shouldn’t Be Running Scared of Moscow

    Doug Bandow Listen to folks in Washington talk about the supposed Russian threat and you’d think America was a small, third-rate country—friendless, stuck in Moscow’s shadow, possessing a tiny, obsolete military. The paranoia seems strongest from Neoconservatives who otherwise demand that the U.S. dominate the globe, bombing,...

    Is Germany Serious about Defending Itself, Europe, and the West? Time for Europeans to Run NATO
    Mar03

    Is Germany Serious about Defending Itself, Europe, and the West? Time for Europeans to Run NATO

    Doug Bandow In recent history no European nation has demonstrated greater military prowess then Germany. That competence had tragic consequences in World War II and colors Berlin’s approach to the world today. However, more than seven decades after that horrendous conflict’s end Germany should take on the defense responsibilities...

    The U.S. NATO Alliance Has Been a One-Way Street for Too Long
    Feb23

    The U.S. NATO Alliance Has Been a One-Way Street for Too Long

    Doug Bandow Defense Secretary James Mattis made a splash on his visit to Europe. He ratcheted up Washington’s traditional request for the Europeans to spend more on their defense. And his demand resonated across the continent, because his boss, President Donald Trump, has spent years denouncing Washington’s feckless allies for...

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