Kurt Volker

  • The Case for Military Intervention in Syria

    President Obama was on the right track this week when he announced a new effort to monitor global hot spots and prevent mass atrocities before they happen.
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  • The Atlantic Treaty Association Bureau Visits the Atlantic Council

    On March 13, the Transatlantic Relations Program hosted the Atlantic Treaty Association Bureau for an off-the-record lunch discussion with a group of Atlantic Council staff and representatives.


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  • Russian Elections: US and Europe Must Rethink the 'Reset'

    As Vladimir Putin is set to return to the presidency after Russian elections March 4, the US and Europe must rethink the “reset” policy that has guided their approach to Moscow for the past several years.

    Russia is experiencing the most dynamic period of political activity it has seen since the time of Boris Yeltsin. This is despite restrictions on political and press freedoms, mounting pressure on civil society, and massive corruption – or indeed, because of these very things.


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  • Transforming Toward a Smarter Alliance: NATO Reform in the Age of Austerity

    On December 7, the Atlantic Council hosted a conference on NATO’s continued reforms and transformation in the age of austerity. This conference took stock of the progress to date on NATO’s reform efforts first established at the NATO Summit in Lisbon. The conference also provided recommendations and possible ways ahead for further reforms in order for the transatlantic Alliance to maximize the output of scarce defense resources in an uncertain and constrained environment.
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  • NATO Reform: Key Principles

    Ambassador Kurt Volker, senior advisor to the International Security Program and member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group, and Vice Admiral Kevin P. Green, USN (Ret.), vice president for defense and intelligence for IBM Federal, outlined several key principles for NATO reform in a new issue brief.

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  • As America Pivots to Asia, Where's Europe?

    As America turns its attention to Asia, how should the relationship between the US and Europe develop? Both sides can work to bridge the gap.
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  • Remembering 9/11

    The 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington has prompted reflection, mourning, and analysis across the nation. This page features a compilation of New Atlanticist posts and NATOSource entries from the Atlantic Council that examine how 9/11 redefined US foreign policy at the turn of the century, and continues to impact present and future policy-making.


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  • Ten Years After 9/11 – What Have We Learned?

    9/11 Tribute in Light

    After a decade defined by the terrorist attacks on the United States, and the reactions and events that followed, one thing is clear:  the global advance of core values –  freedom, democracy, economic opportunity, human rights and the rule of law – remains the best hope for the future of all people.


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  • Libya Not NATO Comeback

    One can only cheer at what now seems to be the removal of Muammar al-Qaddafi from power, at the hands of his own long-abused people. And one must commend the NATO special forces and air power -- particularly from Britain, France, and the United States -- which helped bring about this outcome.
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  • National Security in an Age of Austerity

    "Why are we closing schools in the United States and building schools in Afghanistan?"

    This was a question recently put to me by a Somali-born taxi driver. Though he may be a newly minted citizen, he cut right to the chase of how Americans feel about foreign policy these days.

    These feelings are only amplified by the worries Americans have about the economy, jobs and the massive debts the government is piling up — even with the new debt-ceiling compromise.


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