• “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.

Media

My Regular Columns on the Huffington Post:  www.huffingtonpost.com/sarwar-kashmeri

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The Guardian   20 May 2012

Nato needs a leadership rethink to remain relevant

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VOICE OF AMERICA—MIDDLE EAST, 28 Oct 2011

Was the Iraq War worth it? with Sarwar Kashmeri

The Huffington Post

22 October 2011

The Exchange with Laura Knoy, Aug 23, 2011

The Euro-Zone Crisis

Guests

  • Sarwar A. Kashmeri – Author, current affairs commentator, and a strategic communications advisor to international companies. senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program, and a fellow with the Foreign Policy Association.
  • David BlanchflowerBruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He was a member of the monetary policy committee for the bank of England from June of 2006 through May of 2009, and a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV.
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Opinion Pages/International Herald Tribune

NATO’s Surreal World

By SARWAR A. KASHMERI/ Published: June 22, 2011

Has the Atlantic alliance outlived its usefulness? The British journalist and writer Geoffrey Wheatcroft raised that question in an opinion article (“Who needs NATO?,” June 16) that drew a strong reaction from Ivo H. Daalder, the U.S. permanent representative to NATO, who argued that the alliance is more needed than ever (Counterpoint, June 18-19). Sarwar Kashmeri, a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program and the author of “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?,” joins the debate.

<Read The NYT/IHT op-ed>

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June 23, 2011
Here & Now” with Robin Young
What is next for NATO: A “Reboot or Delete”

Here & Now Guest: Sarwar Kashmeri, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program

The future of the Cold War alliance is very much up in the air as President Obama sketches out a plan for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Congress debates Libya.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is blasting NATO as he goes out the door, but Ivo Daalder, the U.S. permanent representative for NATO, says the alliance is needed now more than ever.

Sarwar Kashmeri, a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program and author of “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?” begs to differ. He told Here & Now‘s Robin Young, “It’s time to recalibrate this European-American transatlantic security equations. We’ve transformed the G8 into the G20, why not NATO?” Listen to the interview/MP3

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June 22, 2011

Europeans Concur: Not Pulling Our Weight In NATO by Philip Reeves

NATO’s secretary general says since defense budgets are being cut as governments struggle with deficits, one answer is to have more bilateral cooperation among member states. The British are trying to patch up the holes created by their 8 percent military spending cuts by working more closely with the French. Listen to audio/MP3 interview

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June 15, 2011
The respected Dutch newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, published an interview with Sarwar A. Kashmeri to time it with the European release of “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete” in Brussels. Kashmeri’s rebutal of U.S. Defense Secretary’s speech criticising the EU for not spending enough on defense found a chord with NRC and they appreciated that the book doesn’t just criticize NATO but offers a way forward to recalibrate NATO for the 21st Century. The same edition of the paper referred to this column in their lead editorial.
Unfortunately, only the original Dutch versions are available.

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  US expert calls for reshaping transatlantic security relationsNawab Khan (KUNA), Brussels, June 16, 2011  

A respected American security expert and commentator is warning that NATO will fade into irrelevance if transatlantic security relations are not redesigned to let Europe handle its own security needs.
“The central message of my book is that relations between the US and Europe is as important as it has been in this changing world. NATO, the transatlantic alliance, which used to act as a glue is now acting as a separator and damaging that relationship. It needs to be recalibrated, so it doesn’t do more damage,” Sarwar Kashmeri told the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, in an interview.
Kashmeri is a senior fellow in the international security programme with the Washington-based Atlantic Council, and a fellow with the New York based Foreign Policy Association. He was in Brussels Wednesday to launch his new book “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete” at an event organised by the Brussels-based think tank “International Security Information Service (ISIS)”. Kashmeri who opriginally hails from Mumbai, India , is also a senior advisor at ISIS.

<Read Full Article>

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June 10, 2011

Robert Gates blasts NATO members in final speech

US defense secretary calls on NATO allies to contribute more to NATO and its missions…

NATO scholar Sarwar Kashmeri said Gates might be overly optimistic about the power of his words. A senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, Kashmeri recently published a book called “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete.” He doesn’t think Gates’ remarks will have the resonance the secretary hopes — or that they should.

<Read Full Article by Terri Schultz of Global Post>

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Sarwar Kashmeri discusses NATO’s performance in Libya and his new book “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete” with FOX News anchor Jamie Colby…..

May 03, 2011

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VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO    Commentary  May 3, 2011 

International relations have always been complicated, and never so much as in the years since September 11th.  Sarwar Kashmeri of Reading is a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program. He’s also a VPR commentator.  He says that last night’s news of bin Laden’s death brought unusual clarity to foreign affairs, at least for a brief moment.
Listen to MP3

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Radio Interview on “For Your Ears Only,” U.S. nationally syndicated radio show with host: David Alpern and Kashmeri discuss Libya and NATO.  <podcast>

Saturday, April 17, 2011

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OP-ED: Foreign Policy Association, March 30, 2011

Viewpoints: EU, not NATO, should lead on Libya

As the U.S. officially turns over control of Libya operations to NATO, FPA Fellow Sarwar Kashmeri, the author of a new book on NATO, says it’s the wrong move.

Read Op Ed> http://www.fpa.org/topics_info2414/topics_info_show.htm?doc_id=1537356

News, views and comment from the West Midlands
11 March, 2011    By Ian Davis from NATO Watch

NATO paralysed as US blocks no-fly zone

Six of the best on the Libya crisis:

NATO Action Cannot Replace A Security Council Resolution in Libya, Sarwar Kashmeri, Atlantic Council, 10 March

Libya: the prospect of war, Paul Rogers, Open Democracy, 10 March

Libya is a conundrum made in hell – or rather Downing Street, Simon Tisdall, The Guardian,

A Ceasefire and Negotiations the Right Way to Resolve the Libya Crisis, International Crisis Group Press Release, 10 March

Let’s boycott, isolate and sabotage Gaddafi, Carne Ross, Financial Times, 9 March

IN DEPTH No-fly zones, CBC News, 9 March

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Sarwar Kashmeri interviewed about Afghanistan and NATO

Sarwar Kashmeri, author of NATO 2.0: Delete or Reboot, discusses Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the NATO Summit on the radio show, “For Your Ears Only,” with host, Brian Alpert.

November 21, 2010

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Sarwar Kashmeri discussing NATO on EuroNews

November 17, 2010

Sarwar kasmeri, author of NATO 2.0: Delete or Reboot, discussing the bleak future of NATO if they do not align with the European Union.

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Sarwar Kashmeri on NATO

Sarwar Kashmeri, author, NATO 2.0, Reboot or Delete, speaking at the Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.,  before an overflow crowd of foreign policy experts, November 17, 2010

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Merge NATO with CSDP

October 2010

NATO isn’t working, warns Sarwar Kashmeri,  
who advocates a U.S, Canadian and EU joint project thatwould “bridge” the Atlantic alliance with Europe’sfledgling defence and security framework……< Read The Europe’s World Article here: >

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New Atlanticist Podcast Series—8 minute interviews with newsmakers–host, Sarwar Kashmeri

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 Vermont Public Radio: Commentary, August 9, 2010

Defense spending is always a hot topic of debate, but commentator Sarwar Kashmeri is questioning the wisdom of one current project in particular.  The Joint Strike Fighter “spare” engine.  <Listen here>

 Vermont Public Radio: Commentary, July 1, 2010

Commentator Sarwar Kashmeri is Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Security Program .  He has been contemplating the future of NATO for his book on the alliance, due out later this year. <Listen here>

OP-ED, May 18, 2010

It would be a pity to let NATO fade away; because it will then have to be reinvented someday. And that will not be easy.  <Read Full Op-Ed>

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THE SCOTSMAN, UK

Old enmities set aside in spirit of co-operation

 Published Date: 04 February 2010

By CLARE BAILLIE

AFTER centuries of squabbles and diplomatic wrangles, closer military relations with France will be met with reluctance on both sides of the English Channel.

Yet defence analysts insist the uneasy be-fellows would prosper from the relationship – despite the countries’ recent difficulties over Nato and Iraq.

Sarwar Kashmeri, a senior fellow at the International Security Programme of the Atlantic Council, said the agreement indicated that the UK and France had overcome their difficulties.
When Charles de Gaulle resigned as the president of France in 1969, relations improved, paving the way for the UK to join the common market in 1973. But while British policy has favoured an expansion of the EU, France has advocated protectionism and restricting membership.

He said: “There will be understandable caution, but I think this will be a very positive change for the way European countries work together. The UK’s decision to recalibrate its defence relationship with France and the European Union is good news.

“This will be another major step forward in establishing a robust European military establishment geared to EU needs and budgets. If this collaboration ends the turf wars that occupy the EU-Nato relationship, it will benefit the EU, Nato and, ultimately, the transatlantic alliance with the US.”

Difficulties with France in recent years can be traced back to the Suez Crisis in 1956, Mr Kashmeri added. British-French relations soured as the US and the UK grew ever closer on the international scene. Britain was then initially snubbed by France over its entrance to the European Economic Community and later the European Union.

After decades of relative calm, the war in Iraq in 2003 reopened old wounds, with France famously opposed to such action.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy hailed a new era, however, embracing the chance to establish a closer relationship with Britain than existed under Jacques Chirac and Francois Mitterrand.

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YORKSHIRE POST, UK

A ‘positive change’ for France and UK        Published Date: 04 February 2010

After centuries of squabbles and diplomatic wrangles, closer military relations between Britain and France may be met with reluctance on both sides of the English Channel.

Yet defence analysts insist the traditionally uneasy bedfellows could prosper from the relationship – despite recent difficulties over Nato and Iraq.

Sarwar Kashmeri, a senior fellow at the International Security Program of the Atlantic Council, said recent developments suggest the two nations may have overcome their difficulties.

“There will be understandable caution but I think this will be a very positive change for the way European countries work together.

“If this collaboration ends the turf wars that occupy the EU-Nato relationship, it will be a real step in the right direction.

“It will benefit the EU, Nato, and ultimately the transatlantic alliance with the US.”

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METRO.CO.UK

METRO REPORTER – 2nd December, 2009

Costly Afghanistan war a burden to US

The conflict in Afghanistan has seen billions of dollars spent and tens of thousands of soldiers deployed by the US in its effort to oust the Taliban and foil the insurgency.

Readying for battle: A soldier trans for deployment to Afghanistan at a base in Norfolk

But eight years after the initial invasion, the war has failed to break the backbone of the militants in a country that suffers from a power vacuum at its centre.

It has also become increasingly unpopular back home as army families count the cost of growing casualties.

It is against this background that President Barack Obama made what many are claiming to be one of his most important announcements in his less than year-old administration.

In it, the US head of state confirmed his second troop surge since coming to power.

By next summer 30,000 additional soldiers will be deployed to the region in a bid to turn around flagging efforts to subdue the insurgency.

It will take the total number of American fighters in the region close to the 100,000 mark. As of October, there were around 68,000 US troops in the country.

It shows a marked acceleration in soldiers deployed in the country since 2001. In the first two years of conflict the commitment from Washington hovered under the 10,000 mark. By the end of 2005 a further 10,000 servicemen and women had been sent over to fight.

But it is the months since November 2008 that has seen the greatest growth in US army numbers in the region. In that time the number of US soldiers in Afghanistan has doubled to its current total.

Troop level trends are mirrored by casualty figures – the greater the presence the higher the body count.

In the first full year of conflict, the US army lost 49 soldiers. To date, 2009 has seen almost 300 US fighters killed, almost half of them as a result of roadside bombs.

In this light, the decision by President Obama to send tens of thousands additional soldiers to the region could be seen as political risky.

Polls have seen the popularity of the conflict drop as the years have progressed. A recent CNN survey found that only 39% of Americans favour the war, with 58% opposed to it.

But the nation seems evenly split over whether a surge of troops would now be a good thing.

The delay in announcing the decision over numbers – there was a three month hiatus during which Mr Obama chewed over General Stanley McChrystal’s report on progress in the country – reflected in part the political sensitivity of the issue.

The president was keen to be seen not to be rushing a decision that could result in an increase in US casualties.

But only part of today’s announcement focused on numbers.

Of more importance, many believe, was Mr Obama’s statements on strategy and a potential end game.

In a move less anticipated than the troop surge, Mr Obama announced that a US military withdrawal would commence in July 2011.

US foreign policy expert Sarwar Kashmeri said the move could be taken as an indication that the president believes that if military objectives are not achieved by then with additional troops, they will never be achieved.

A fellow of New York-based Foreign Policy Association, Mr Kashmeri said: “It is a clear message to the Afghans, the US military and the American people.”

The speech was light on direct demands on President Hamid Karzai – the Afghanistan leader often criticised for allowing corruption to dominate the political landscape – to up his game.

Washington has long demanded a strong, stable partner to work with in Afghanistan. The recent election debacle did little to improve confidence in Mr Karzai’s regime.

The announcement of an increased US military presence, coupled with a new strategy focused more on training a home grown security force will give further credence to those who have long argued that the previous US administration got Afghanistan fundamentally wrong from the start.

Anthony Cordesman, former director of intelligence assessment at the Office of the Secretary of Defence, is one of those who believes that the current situation would be far better if a different approach had been employed in the early stages of the conflict.

Now a military strategy expert at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic & International Studies, Professor Cordesman said: “Frankly we under-resourced the war and we lost it.

“Had we funded the build-up of the Afghan security forces before 2007 – and it takes a long time – we wouldn’t have the problem we have now and we would not have the power vacuum.”

The defence strategy specialist added: “We made seven years of mistakes before Obama came to office.”

Professor Cordesman believes that too much importance has been placed on the overall level of soldiers deployed.

“Certainly it is not a matter of troop levels, it is a matter of changing the strategy and resourcing it,” he said.

The failings of the past aside, the US still has an opportunity to turn around a situation that some suggest increasingly resembles a quagmire.

Professor Cordesman noted that the Taliban continued to be a weak and largely unpopular force. “We still have the ability to turn it around,” he said.

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