Frederick Kempe

  • Trump in Three Acts

    What we learned from President Trump’s performance at the NATO Summit this week, the first scenes of a European three act play ending in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin on Monday, was that the American leader will go to great lengths to control the narrative.

    Right down to last-minute plot shifts.

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  • Kempe Joins CNBC to Discuss Trump's Next Move with Russia


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  • Toward a New Transatlantic Bargain

    You’ve likely never heard of the Parsley Island crisis, sixteen years ago this week in the narrow waters between Morocco and Spain. So, it’s unlikely you’ve considered what its peaceful resolution says about the stakes involved the next few days in President Trump’s meeting first in Brussels with NATO leaders and thereafter with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

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  • Destroy or Reform? The Transatlantic Triple Threat

    These three dangers have never come together simultaneously: openly expressed US presidential doubts over the cost and value of transatlantic commitments; growing, migrant-driven populist dangers tearing at European unity; and rising trade conflicts without any offsetting common project to repair fraying bonds.

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  • Europe Beyond Trump

    Seventy years ago this week, the Soviet Union blockaded access to West Berlin in an effort to score an early win in the first major crisis of the Cold War. What the Kremlin hadn’t expected was an unbending United States, which, with its UK allies, launched the Berlin Airlift, or “Operation Vittles.”

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  • A Warning From Madeleine Albright: Beware of "Peddlers of Hate"

    Former US Secretary of State Among Four Recipients of Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award


    Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in accepting the Atlantic Council’s 2018 Freedom Award, urged Americans and Europeans alike not to allow “peddlers of hate,” on both sides of the Atlantic, “to hijack the institutions that ensure our freedom and define our democracies.”

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  • Avoiding a NATO Train Wreck

    This much is predictable.

    The world’s most successful and enduring alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is facing a potential transatlantic train wreck of American making when it meets in Brussels July 11-12, its first full-fledged summit of the Trump administration.

    Unless President Donald Trump shifts his thinking and actions before then, a toxic political division is growing that could undermine the summit’s fundamental objectives of demonstrating unity and projecting readiness, around which diplomats and commanders have arrayed an impressive set of “deliverables.”

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  • Kempe in MarketWatch: President Trump shows he can tear down, but can he also rebuild?


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  • Kempe Joins CNBC to Discuss North Korea


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  • Kempe Quoted in CNBC on Trump's Behavior at G7 Summit


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