• “Is NATO Relevant?” Sarwar Kashmeri with UK MP Mike Gapes, on Skynews

  • What’s Next For NATO: A “Reboot or Delete?” Robin Young, host of Here & Now asks Sarwar Kashmeri

  • Sarwar Kashmeri & NATO 2.0 on Fox News

  • To preserve NATO bridge it to the EU

    NATO used to be the world’s most formidable military alliance. But, its original reason for existence, the Soviet Union, disintegrated years ago, and its dreams of being a world cop are withering in the mountains of Afghanistan.

    Meanwhile, the European Union’s Common Security & Defense Policy (CSDP) has deployed twenty-seven successful military/civil missions from Africa to Asia in the last ten years. Through CSDP, Europeans are increasingly taking charge of managing their own foreign and security policy. NATO is no longer the sole and preeminent Euro-Atlantic security actor.

    But watching NATO fade into irrelevance would be a mistake. It is a tried and true platform to harness the resources of North America and Europe. NATO’s future usefulness depends on its willingness to accept its reduced role, to let the EU handle the day-to-day security needs of Europe, and to craft a relationship with CSDP that will allow North America and Europe to act militarily together, should that ever become necessary.

    It is time for NATO 2.0, a new version of NATO, to fit the realities of an ever more integrated Europe in the twenty-first century.

Andrew Bacevich Interview: Future of NATO Mission in Afghanistan

New Atlanticist Podcast Series/Atlantic Council| November 12, 2009

Sarwar Kashmeri, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program, interviewed Andrew Bacecvich, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University, for the New Atlanticist Podcast Series. Bacevich discussed the recent election results in Afghanistan and the future of NATO‘s mission in the country.

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Nato commander wants UK troops ‘out of harm’s way’ for general election

General Stanley McChrystal fears Taliban will try to exploit British doubts about wisdom of the Afghan mission

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  Sunday 8 November, 2009 
 
nato.jpg  America’s top general in Afghanistan believes Britain’s 9,000 troops should be removed out of “harm’s way” because the Taliban will target them in the run- up to next year’s general election, it was reported last night.    READ STORY>>

Nato At Crossroads, The Important Message From Bratislava

The divisions between NATO members are illuminated in this FT column.  General McChrystal’s briefing made the headlines, the important message from the Bratislava NATO meeting lay hidden.  >>>

Nato suffers existential crisis in the face of Russian muscle

The Financial Times, October 27, 2009

Aghanistan is grabbing all the headlines within the Nato alliance these days – understandably. That is where Nato troops are engaged in their first expeditionary…unwinnable war is an even bigger question: what is Nato for?That was the issue lurking in the background…

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