• Cuts in European defense budgets raise concerns for U.S., NATO

    German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg at the 47th Conference on Security Policy in Munich, February 4, 2011.

    From Michael Birnbaum, the Washington Post:  [S]ome top officials, including the U.S. defense secretary and the NATO secretary general, worry that the changes could burden the United States by reducing the number of European troops available for NATO missions and other military efforts around the world.
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  • NATO allies concerned about nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad

    Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance, April 24 2009.

    From Vanessa Gera, the APRose Gottemoeller, the chief U.S. negotiator of New START, visited Poland, Ukraine and the three Baltic states in recent days to hear how these countries view the issue of tactical weapons.
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  • Franco-German "competitiveness pact" sparks opposition

    The union within the union

    From Charlemagne, the Economist:  When Germany and France disagree, everybody complains about paralysis in Europe. When they agree, the protest is about unacceptable diktats.
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  • Baltic states invited to join Nordic defense organization

    The Baltic states have "a total population of 6.7 million and a professional military of 20,500."

    From AFP:  Nordic nations on Friday invited the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to join a body that aims to smooth cooperation among the region's armed forces, the Estonian military said.

    Lieutenant Commander Ingrid Muehling told AFP that the Baltic trio were formally asked to join NORDEFCO at the close of a two-day meeting of army leaders in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

    "The head of the Swedish defence forces, General Sverker Goeranson, presented the Baltic states with an invitation to join NORDEFCO in behalf of all the chiefs of the Nordic defence forces," said Muehling, who is spokeswoman of the Estonian military.

    "The Nordic defence cooperation framework NORDEFCO was established in 2009 to promote and strengthen military cooperation between Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland on strategy, foreign missions, training, joint development of some military schools and planning," she added.  (photo:

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  • NATO's 'Open Door'

    The Lisbon Summit Logo

    Since 1999, 12 nations from the Baltics to the Balkans graduated from partnership with NATO to membership. Hence, it's a safe bet that NATO's new Strategic Concept, when unveiled at the Lisbon Summit on Nov. 19-20, will reaffirm the "open door" policy that "no European democratic country whose admission would fulfill the (Washington) Treaty's objectives will be excluded from consideration."
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  • Toomas Ilves Hendrik Transcript

    Ilves Event


    • Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
    • Andy Prozes, Atlantic Council Board Director and CEO, LexisNexis
    • Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

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  • Bypassing NATO?: Ukraine and Georgia Seek to Strengthen Ties with U.S.

    Will the U.S. extend security guarantees to Georgia and Ukraine on a bilateral basis?  With NATO MAPs not on the table for the foreseeable future, pacts with the U.S. are emerging in both countries.  However, Ukraine's is nonbinding, and as my colleague James Joyner points out, Georgia's seems largely symbolic.  RFE/RL ran two articles about the deals late last week. 

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  • Would NATO Defend Narva?

    Russia's war against Georgia has forced Europeans to ask where their true interests lie and which country they'd be willing to defend if and when a Russian push ever comes to shove.
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