• “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.

Book Intro

 Introduction

On an overnight visit to one of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, I found myself seated at dinner between two senior naval officers whose ages differed by around eighteen years. During dinner I asked the older officer what he thought about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). His answer was an emphatic endorsement. “It is and will continue to be the most powerful alliance for safeguarding the world,” he said. Later, during a conversation with the younger officer, I asked the same question. His answer was equally forthright but dramatically different from that of his comrade in arms. “I remain to be convinced that NATO serves a useful purpose anymore,” he told me.  

 

[Read the entire Introduction from the book here (pdf file)

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The national book launch:

NEW YORK

Thursday, April 21, 2011  (Registration: 5.30 PM; Remarks, Reception and book-signing:  6PM – 7..45 PM)

Location: Grupo Santander, 45 East 53 (between Madison and Park).

 Host: Foreign Policy Association, 470 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016: Reservations: (212)481-8100 ext 240

****Advanced registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

After 6pm, seating will be released to the waiting list

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 PS: Have you read my first book?   America and Europe After 9/11 and Iraq; The Great Divide

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