May 23, 2012

NATO Does Not Know What It Is For

David Warren, Ottawa Citizen

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NATO does not know what it is for. Its member governments are unable to formulate a common purpose. Its use as a flag of convenience, for exotic foreign adventures that may be popular for a brief time, subverts its function as a military alliance. It has lost the luxury of a common, public enemy.

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May 20, 2012
NATO's Enduring Ties to Afghanistan
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Politico
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday will chart the course of our future engagement in Afghanistan. We plan to spell out the details of our current mission's last stage, and then turn... more ››
May 20, 2012
To Survive, NATO Must Globalize
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate
The immediate topic on the agenda in Chicago next week will be getting NATO forces out of Afghanistan. But the longer-term subject will be getting as many countries as possible into the global NATO security network. more ››
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May 21, 2012
How Long Until the Taliban Return?
David Ignatius, Washington Post
A veteran U.S. diplomat who has helped plan many NATO summits over the years was offering a wager the other day, and the bet was this: How many years after NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 will it take before the... more ››