• “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.

NATO’s New StratCon had no impact on markets. Brown Brothers Harriman’s Chandler explains why

The long-awaited NATO Strategic Concept, revealed last month at the Lisbon Summit, had very little impact on global financial markets. In the latest installment of the New Atlanticist Podcast Series Atlantic Council senior fellow Sarwar Kashmeri interviews Marc Chandler of Brown Brothers Harriman to discuss this issue, China’s financial leverage on the US, and the Euro’s future.

The G-20 Challenge and its Implications on NATO

George Magnus, UBS

 In the latest installment of the New Atlanticist Podcast Series Atlantic Council senior fellow Sarwar Kashmeri interviews George Magnus, Chief Economist of UBS Investment Bank.

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Atlantic Council, DC Forum: Blueprint For NATO Post Lisbon


NATO Forum – November 17, 2010
 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
“The Obama Administration’s European Agenda” 
A Conversation with
The Honorable Philip Gordon 
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs


Moderated by
Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO, Atlantic Council

1:30 P.M. – 2:15 P.M.
Luncheon reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres
2:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M
“A Blueprint for NATO Beyond Lisbon”
A Panel Discussion with
General Bantz Craddock (USA, Ret.)
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
The Honorable Robert Hunter
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Mr. Sarwar A. Kashmeri
Atlantic Council Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Author of forthcoming book: “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?”
Moderated by
Mr. Damon Wilson
Vice President and Director, International Security Program

12:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Atlantic Council
1101 15th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
To attend, please RSVP with name and affiliation (acceptances only) to isp@acus.org.
This NATO Forum is sponsored by BAE Systems.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Euro Debt Crisis: A Discussion with Currency Strategist Marc Chandler

 In my latest New Atlanticist Podcast for the Atlantic Council, Marc Chandler, the Chief Currency Strategist for the investment bank of Brown Brothers Harriman tackles the euro debt crisis and the recent hedge fund betting of over $8 billion in short positions against the common EU currency, and puts the headlines into perspective. Chandler’s last book is  Making Sense of the Dollar, published by the Bloomberg Press

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President Obama Dissed the EU. True? False?

Obama and Europe: My Atlantic Council Interview with Ewen MacAskill,  Washington Bureau Chief, “The Guardian


Atlantic Council senior fellow Sarwar Kashmeri sat down with Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian’s Washington bureau chief, for the latest installment of the New Atlanticist Podcast Series.  Following President Obama’s recent decision not to attend the U.S.-EU summit this May in Spain, he asks, “Why isn’t the President going to Madrid?”                                                                                                             

MacAskill discusses Obama’s announcement, the reactions of European leaders and the implications for U.S.-European relations and the Afghanistan mission.


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.


Listen to my Peter Galbraith Afghanistan Elections Interview

James Joyner | October 20, 2009
Sarwar Kashmeri, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s International Security Program, has inaugurated the New Atlanticist Podcast Series with an interview with Ambassador Peter Galbraith on the Afghanistan election crisis. Galbraith believes Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been permanently tainted by the fraud in the initial contest and argues that the issue of Karzai’s legitimacy must have an impact on U.S. and allied decision-making going forward in Afghanistan.

NATO’s future—generational perspectives

At a recent lunch with three CEOs, I asked them to tell what they thought about NATO. None of them could understand why NATO was still around. Only one of them knew NATO was deployed in Afghanistan. The CEOs ranged in age from the mid-thirties to the mid-fifties and were as well informed about current events as anyone in America. I’ve been asking my NATO question ad naseum at every opportunity I get. The results are very revealing of the gap between the “experts” and DC professionals on the one hand and the rest of the populace on the other.  I also believe there is a clear generational divide on NATO’s future. Witness these two opinions. One by Senator Lugar, a hugely respected voice in the foreign policy establishment, and the other by Anne Applebaum, Washington Post’s provocative columnist.

Sen. Lugar (from a speech at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC, September 28, 2009):

“The provision of security assurance within Europe has been a central challenge to American foreign policy since 1917. Our continued commitment to NATO does not come without costs, but remains the most promising vehicle for projecting stability throughout Europe and its political fault lines with Asia and the Middle East.  . .”         [Read Full Transcript]    Note: Emphasis in bold are in the original transcript.

Ms. Anne Applebaum: The Slowly vanishing NATO (Op-Ed , Washington Post, October 20, 2009)

“…NATO, though fighting its first war since its foundation, inspires nobody. The members of NATO feel no allegiance to the alliance, or to one another. On its home continent, NATO does precious little military contingency planning, preferring to hold summits…None of this might matter much in Afghanistan, since the outcome of current deliberations may well be some version of the status quo. But the next time NATO is needed, I doubt whether it will be there at all…]   [Read Full Column]