CNN quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Dungan on the United States not sending a high-ranking official to an anti-terror march in Paris sparked by the recent attack on the office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo:
“This is a storm in a D.C. tea cup,” said Nicholas Dungan, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, who teaches at some of France’s most prestigious international relations institutions.
“The relationship is so close it is highly unlikely that this results from an oversight,” he said, arguing that the French reaction to the controversy suggested that U.S. participation in the march was agreed by both sides and was not in any case an issue of contention for the French.
The two sides now work tightly together on national security. Their intelligence cooperation is “seamless,” Dungan said.