NATO is doing a relatively poor job, buttressed by a static decision-making process, a bureaucracy resistant to change, and unaccountable member states who are happy to cheap-ride and get away with it.
Emmanuel Macron’s harsh assessment of NATO is just a new episode of French realism in the European balance. The ‘iron hand in a velvet glove’ is back.
The affair highlights the challenges facing an aging alliance that was built for a different strategic context, and the inadequacy of old foreign policy structures for a new world.
If you don’t want Donald Trump making unilateral decisions about war and peace, stop letting any president make unilateral decisions about war and peace.
Lost in all the partisan bickering is a more important issue: Washington’s overall relationship with Ukraine and whether that relationship really serves America’s best interests.
The president should appoint a new national security advisor who shares his instincts: to get out of quagmires, to seek deals to reduce tensions, and to get our allies to take defense seriously.
Lord Conrad Black joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss media and how newspapers have failed to adjust to the Internet age.
The West needs to figure out a coherent endgame with Ukraine. It’s not clear that London and Washington have one.
Since the moderators will not do it, here’s a list of five foreign policy questions reporters should badger Democratic candidates with.
Will you send your son or daughter to die for autocratic Turkey? Then why is the United States committed to defending this nation if any other country attacks it?
In no conceivable universe can one claim to be on behalf of liberal democracies while justifying an alliance with Turkey.
German leaders should be allowed to see how safe and united the European Union remains when all the American troops move out from everywhere east of the Thames.
Instead of lamenting the old halcyon world order, European foreign policy strategists should recognize that the world order is changing and they must adapt.
Americans have widely divergent ideas about what “American interests” looks like. Which ones is the FBI going to criminalize?
In a world largely inhabited by foreign policy ideologues with no sense of history, one can only hope George H.W. Bush’s prudence, restraint, and realist statecraft makes a comeback.
Last Sunday, the Russian military opened fire and seized three Ukrainian ships. How will President Trump respond to Putin flexing his military muscle?
While war is sometimes necessary, World War I warns us not to reduce complex historical lessons into facile axioms, such as the need to ‘resist aggression.’
Monsieur Macron wants to have a joint European military superpower and thinks a united Europe can face China, Russia, and the United States. Good luck.
The idea that Europe needs an army to defend itself against the United States demonstrates a hitherto unknown level of hostility by an ‘allied’ leader.
Despite being a long-time NATO member, Turkey under the leadership of President Tayyip Erdogan no longer acts like an ally.
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