• “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.

The Taliban are trembling

The Netherlands, Canada, Poland, Britain, and now Denmark. Superb allies all, are now cutting their NATO commitment and setting a date to go home from Afghanistan. In other words, no matter what happens on the battlefield, these countries have set a time-table to quit the war. How can this be? Isn’t NATO the “greatest alliance in the history of the world.” How can an alliance partner just say that it is tired of fighting, and leave?!    

If NATO cannot count on its members’ commitment to keep fighting with the alliance until the commander in the field decides to end the war, then what good is it? This is a question that the drafters of the New Strategic Concept should pay close attention to. A mutual defense pact in which each ally can decide to bail out and leave its partners in the lurch is no alliance at all.     

In light of this reality, does the opening sentance from the Report of The Group of Experts to NATO make any sense?   

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) enters the second decade of the twenty-first century as an essential source of stability in an uncertain and unpredictable world. Looking ahead, the Alliance has ample grounds for confidence 

The Taliban are trembling! 

 

 

  

  

  

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