NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

June 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden used the occasion of his trip to Europe for the G7 summit to attend his first NATO meeting. His influence on the meeting appeared unambiguously when a communiqué by the NATO alliance designated China’s influence on the world stage as a military challenge.  NATO...

Are Russia and NATO Getting Ready for a New Euromissile Crisis?

August 08, 2019

When it was ratified in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) eliminated a category of weapons that was a major threat to Europe. One must remember how much of a step forward this event was during the Cold War. In the early 1980s, Europe was vulnerable to military...

Nationalism in the Balkans Predates Brexit and Trump

January 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic. The Balkan region is a volatile area of southeastern Europe. It has been through many ups and downs since the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1992. Conflicts over borders and unsettled political...

The NATO Clone in the Middle East

December 13, 2018

Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia have agreed to clone NATO in the Middle East, presumably to show who’s boss. The Daily Devil's Dictionary reports. At the end of the latest Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir revealed that the Saudis have been working with the...

Macron and Trump Clash over NATO

November 12, 2018

Can Europe declare military independence from the US? Trump has provided good reasons for doing so. French President Emmanuel Macron made a classic mistake and has had to pay for it. He invited US President Donald Trump to France for the centennial of the 1918 Armistice that ended World War I...

Is Peace at Hand in Afghanistan?

November 05, 2018

Despite the bloody headlines, a slow-motion alignment of interests could mean peace in Afghanistan — if the Trump administration cooperates. The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in US history may have reached a turning point....

The American Dog in the NATO Fight

July 18, 2018

Whatever pundits might have said, the recent NATO summit in Brussels has not ushered in a new era for the alliance. Shaken by US President Donald Trump’s statements, ranging from accusing America’s European allies of free-riding their NATO membership to alleging Germany’s dependency on...

Securing Europe Under President Trump

December 07, 2016

Donald Trump could prove to be the most significant disturbance to the fight against terrorism. Despite the shock, regret and the thinly veiled hope from the Democrats that the result of the US presidential election may still somehow be overturned, Donald J. Trump is about to become the 45th...

New Threats and Challenges Await NATO

September 19, 2016

What role will NATO play over the course of this century? Founded shortly after World War II, the main role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was to ensure the security of Europe in front of what was considered a tangible threat of a Soviet invasion. In the aftermath of the...

NATO and the Tale of Two Summits

September 19, 2016

NATO shows it still knows how to deliver by instituting adaptation and assurance measures after the Wales and Warsaw Summits. “A refreshed alliance for troubled times,” read the headline of one of Britain’s most prominent newspapers after the completion of the Warsaw Summit in July....

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