• “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.

Swearing In the New SACEUR on April 1 !!

Some NATO levity to start off your week properly…

Arnaud de Borchgrave is one of the most distinguished journalists of our time. There is hardly a war he hasn’t covered, or an important world leader he hasn’t met. His network and perspective are unmatched in contemporary journalism.

I interviewed Mr. de Borchgrave for my NATO 2.0 book recently.  Towards the end of the converstion he had this hilarous story for me.  It seems that General Dwight Eisenhower was to be sworn in as the first SACEUR on April 1, 1951!! Luckily, he caught the import of what it might mean for posterity that the very first Supreme Allied Commander Europe was sworn in on April Fools Day and insisted the date be changed to April 2.

Alas, then Secretary of State Dean Acheson was not so lucky. He toiled mightily to construct NATO. Finally, all the founding countries gathered in Washington, DC for the official signing ceremony, April 4, 1949.  Acheson says in his memoirs, “The Marine Band added a note of unexpected realism…by playing two songs from the currently popular musical play Porgy and Bess–“I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin'” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”

Who says the Marines don’t have a sense of humor!

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