• “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.

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Merge NATO with CSDP

To Save NATO we should merge it

with Europe’s CSDP

NATO isn’t working, warns Sarwar Kashmeri,


who advocates a U.S, Canadian and EU joint project thatwould “bridge” the Atlantic alliance with Europe’s

fledgling defence and security framework…< Read The Europe’s World Article here: >


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.


NATO in America?!

Photo Credit Bernard Sidler


Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, VA is one of those stealth NATO commands. Not because NATO wants it to be a secret, it just never got the publicity that merits its important NATO function. ACT is NATO’s network for keeping up with the times. Lessons learnt from the battlefield are fed to ACT to be studied and turned around as improvements to NATO’s tactics, materiel and technologies. I had an opportunity to visit ACT a few weeks ago, and for a moment felt as though I’d been transferred to a French military base Including, that wonderful, strong, coffee!    

 General Stephan Abrial, the former head of the French Air Force now commands ACT and he has with him a complete compliment of French support staff. Abrial is a no-nonsense can-do officer who exudes confidence, elan, and vision. He is the first European officer to command ACT, is very sensitive to the impact of his command on transatlantic relations. and by all accounts NATO is lucky to have him in this position.     

 So what does ACT do? How does it do it? What is General Abrial’s vision for NATO?  Here’s my interview with the commander of ACT.  

  General Abrial’s conversation with Sarwar Kashmeri/ MP3      

OP Ed: NATO’s Existential Crossroad

Its come to this—military commanders in Afghanistan must consult an operations checklist before virtually every mission. They must be sure the NATO forces being sent out are properly fitted to the mission. Some NATO member countries don’t want their soldiers in a shooting zone, others won’t let military intelligence be shared between all NATO countries, and so on. A bit different from General Eisenhower leading his superb integrated fighting machine up the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
If NATO can no longer deploy an integrated fighting force, for what can the venerable Alliance be used in the future?  It is a serious threat to NATO’s existence as a military alliance.
I continue my conversation with Mark Mardell, North American editor of the BBC to flesh out my thoughts. 
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President Obama’s Afghanistan Strategy Speech at West Point: A European Perspective

Atlantic Council interview with Mark Mardell, North America editor of the BBC.  Sarwar and Mark spoke on Thursday, December 3, 2009. Two days after President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy speech at the U.S. Military Academy/West Point.

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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.