Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow


Nov 25, 2013

NATO Officials Questioning Canada’s Commitment

By Globe & Mail and Chronicle Herald

Canada’s commitment to NATO is being questioned by the military alliance, says its deputy secretary-general Alexander Vershbow, who suggests Canada is backing away.

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"NATO has much added value even as it is hardly perfect"


Oct 31, 2013

Learning from Afghanistan: Multilateralism is Hard

By Steve Saideman, Political Violence @ a Glance

[W]hat can we learn from the Afghanistan effort?

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“I think Europe is incredibly important to America”


Oct 30, 2013

SACEUR: European Allies Vital to Global Security

By Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service

It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said today.

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Security force with Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, February 6, 2013


Oct 28, 2013

NATO Reduces Scope of Its Afghanistan Plans

By Thom Shanker, New York Times

After months of tense negotiations over the size and role of a postwar presence in Afghanistan, senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials say they are planning a more minimalist mission

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Security force team member for Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah


Oct 17, 2013

Has NATO’s ISAF Mission in Afghanistan Failed?

By Deutsche Welle

Some argue that accomplishments such as the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the denial of Afghanistan as a safe haven for his terrorist network by toppling the Taliban regime are enough to regard the mission as a success.

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Major General Charles Gurganus

Event Recap

Apr 17, 2013

General Gurganus: There’s Still More to Do in Afghanistan

With ISAF’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 fast approaching, it is useful to look back and see what failures and successes there have been. Have certain challenges been overcome? How do the Afghans see ISAF’s mission? On April 17, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted Major General Charles Gurganus, commanding general, […]

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New Atlanticist

Sep 4, 2012

The Rise of Afghan Fratricide

By Joshua Foust

The number of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) soldiers killed by their Afghan counterparts has risen precipitously this year. So-called “green on blue” attacks have killed 42 soldiers, more than the 35 killed last year and twice as many as were killed in 2010. Officials are scrambling to figure out why.

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Commanders Series

Apr 23, 2012

Fighting and Rebuilding in Helmand and Nimruz Provinces Revisited: A Commander’s View

By Jason Harmala

The commander of International Security Assistance Force, Regional Command Southwest (RC-SW), Major General John A. Toolan Jr., joined the Atlantic Council on April 23 for a conversation moderated by Barry Pavel, director of the Council’s Program on International Security.

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Issue Brief

Jul 11, 2011

U.S. European Command and NATO’S Strategic Concept: Post-Afghanistan and Beyond

By Harlan Ullman

In “U.S. European Command and NATO’s Strategic Concept: Post-Afghanistan and Beyond,” Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member Harlan Ullman argues that after the NATO drawdown from Afghanistan, EUCOM will become even more important as a means of sustaining and building NATO’s capabilities and capacities in an era of limited defense resources. Download the PDF

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Event Recap

Mar 4, 2010

Face of the New NATO: Lillelund Bech at Atlantic Council NATO Forum

The Atlantic Council hosted Danish Minister of Defense Gitte Lillelund Bech for a NATO Forum strategy session on her first visit to the United States as Minister and only days after she took office. Atlantic Council Board Director and former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe General Joseph Ralston, now Vice Chairman at The Cohen Group, hosted […]

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