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Thu, Jul 2, 2020

What Poland wants when it comes to US troops

It's not a place the Polish government wants to be: caught between its crucial transatlantic ally the United States and its neighbor, Europe's most powerful country, Germany.

New Atlanticist by Teri Schultz

Defense Policy Germany

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Germany may not like the American messenger. But it should heed his message.

The US president and the German government have given up on one another and withdrawn to their own camps, ignoring the growing structural issues in their bilateral ties that promise to linger no matter who wins the US presidential elections this fall.

New Atlanticist by Jeffrey Lightfoot

Defense Policy Germany

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

What’s at stake in Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Germany

On June 15, US President Donald J. Trump confirmed press reports that he is planning to pull 9,500 US troops out of Germany, leaving 25,000 in the country. Here’s how the Atlantic Council’s experts are assessing the decision and its significance.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Defense Policy Germany

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

German defense minister responds to US plans for a troop drawdown

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has warned that the US President Donald J. Trump administration's planned withdrawal of 9,500 American troops from her country—a move announced by the US president earlier this month—must not send Russia the signal “that the US is less interested in Europe.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Germany NATO

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

NATO upgrades Ukraine

NATO recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner on June 12 in a status upgrade that reflected deepening cooperation and boosted Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration ambitions.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Sun, Jun 14, 2020

The perils of transatlantic decoupling and how to stop it

It’s time to take urgent measures to head off the danger of “transatlantic decoupling,” a strategic shift that would put at risk more than seven decades of gains in democracy, open markets and individual rights. Two world wars have taught us where transatlantic neglect can lead, while the history of the past 75 years underscores the value of common cause. We forget those lessons at our peril.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Europe & Eurasia Nationalism

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Binnendijk in Defense News: The folly of a NATO troop withdrawal decision

A draw down of US forces in Germany could have consequences for defense and deterrence in Northeastern Europe, NATO's Readiness Initiative, and the transatlantic relationship, writes Hans Binnendijk.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Hans Binnendijk

Europe & Eurasia Germany

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Ian Brzezinski cited in the Economist on NATO’s future relationship with China

In the News

China Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Jun 8, 2020

NATO secretary general unveils his vision for the Alliance’s future

On June 8, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg laid out his plans for a new period of reflection on the Alliance’s mission and structure over the next ten years. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated certain security threats to member states, including “unabated” Russian military activity, the spread of disinformation and propaganda, and the disruptive ascendance of China, NATO “must stay strong militarily, be more united politically, and take a broader approach globally,” he stated.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus NATO

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Increase NATO’s operational reach: Expanding the NATO SOF network

NATO cannot safeguard the coalition’s interests unilaterally. Strategic investments in NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) to expand the NATO SOF Network will provide political and military leaders the full range of options in response to emerging threats—both hybrid and conventional—through strong partnerships within the Alliance and with partners.

New Atlanticist by Thang Q. Tran

Defense Policy NATO

Events

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Challenging convention: Charting a course for the New American Engagement Initiative

ONLINE EVENT — Which of the assumptions guiding US foreign policy are no longer fit for purpose? How can the United States learn from past mistakes and develop more productive and responsible modes of engagement?

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT