• “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.

Germany’s shot across the NATO bow?

In what appears to be a clear signal about its intentions, Germany has let it be known it is preparing its own strategy for the future of Afghanistan and will annouce this at the London conference January 28.

“We will focus our concentration on civilian reconstruction efforts so that Afghanistan can begin to establish security on its own and determine its own future,” German Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg told the daily Leipziger Volkszeitung.  Wow! But that’s what the U.S. and NATO strategy was and is. No?

He carries on

“Again and again, we are hearing calls to send an additional 2,500 soldiers, but that number is unrealistic. I am not somebody who is susceptible to peer-pressure, and I don’t need help from the United States to make my decision,” Guttenberg said. (my emphasis–sak)

Does this mean the Germans are tired of the U.S. and NATO leadership and want now to actively manage an exit from Afghanistan? Does it mean the Obama Administration has started to lose credibility?  Or, what? We’ll find out soon enough, in about 3 weeks. I suspect a few people in Washington are in for some sleepless nights.

Read the full article from Deutsche Wella (Jan 6, 2010)