President Obama the juggler has been spinning too many plates.

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It was overshadowed not least by revelations of a new secret Iranian enrichment facility. But in the fullness of time, decisions taken at the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit contain the seeds of what may evolve into a reshaping of the global order.

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Atlantic Council that, while NATO's Afghanistan mission shows some "very real problems" within the Alliance, the fundamental lesson that should be taken away is the remarkable "solidarity" of 28 diverse nations fighting together for a common purpose.

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In his first U.S. speech as NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that, while "NATO will stay" in Afghanistan "for as long as it takes to succeed," the political and strategic realities make it clear that "things are going to have to change" and quickly.

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Dick Lugar Atlantic Council NATO

Senator Richard Lugar argues that NATO's next strategic concept must consider "unconventional threats such as terrorism, drug trafficking, cyber warfare, and energy manipulation" as "attacks" meriting Alliance response under Article V.

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Dick Lugar Atlantic Council NATO

Senator Richard Lugar, speaking at the Atlantic Council, made a passionate plea for a stronger NATO commitment to East and Central Europe, including "boots on the ground."

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Europe’s broken Caucasus-Caspian policy is partly in trouble due to Germany’s Russia policy, which was put in place by the former German Chancellor, Mr. Schroeder, and faithfully executed by his SPD successor, Mr. Steinmeier who shared power with Ms. Merkel in the last German government.

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The U.S. decision to cancel deployment of a ballistic missile defense system in Central Europe in favor of boosting shorter-range defenses creates immediate policy problems for the Obama administration

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Mark Mardell, the BBC's newly minted North America editor, offers an interesting take on the so-called "Special Relationship."

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The Telegraph blares the headline "Barack Obama rebuffs Gordon Brown as 'special relationship' sinks to new low" over a piece alleging relations have gotten frosty since the Lockerbie bomber was released.  Brown says this is nonsense.

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