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Obama has rapidly escalated the drone campaign. Meanwhile, his administration has not been shy in advertising the use of drones. The White House should be careful however. Increased drone strikes do not actually help America. In fact, these attacks weaken Washington's position. ...More
How can we achieve a more perfect alliance? Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis of Lithuania tries to answer this question and talks about how his experience influences his view of NATO as an organization protecting freedom and democracy, as part of a video series from the National Defense University's Center for Transatlantic Security Studies. ...More
The reality of Somalia is defined by lack of government and economic development. In such a situation, it is difficult to find the right strategy. While the country is certainly a difficult problem, the West must take responsibility and engage Somalia. ...More
Last year, the Egyptian people asserted themselves against an oppressive state. They have stood their ground on Tahrir Square and elsewhere ever since. At the end, they may carve out a more permanent and much different political role for themselves than many currently think: a distinctively Islamic political system that puts a very direct emphasis on people-power - a perpetual Tahrir. ...More
Mohamed Ahmed El Garhi:
The 2006-2009 Russia-Ukraine gas standoff demonstrated the vulnerability of the European Union's energy security in light of Europe's increasing dependency on Russian oil and gas. The time has come for the EU to invest in other energy sources as well as new energy partners. ...More
The Arab Spring brought hope to many, especially minorities in North Africa. The Berbers are one of the largest minority groups in the region. The long struggle for recognition of their language and culture may finally be succeeding. There is still work left to do though. ...More
Smart defense is a concept that encourages Allies to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities to meet current security problems in accordance with the new NATO strategic concept. Therefore, NATO smart defense means pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and coordinating efforts better. ...More
Ramin Daniel Rezai:
The international community is under immense pressure to deal with Syria, as al-Assad and his regime continue to use brute force against their citizens. Because diplomacy and sanctions have yet to show success, the best guarantee to stopping the loss of life is a legitimate, but illegal armed intervention in Syria. ...More
The increasing bloodshed in Syria understandably generates a feeling that something must be done to end it, such as taking the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) seriously and acting accordingly. This may be a popular opinion but it can be very difficult to implement such noble feelings; instead, the pursuit of just causes must be based on logic, not sentiment. ...More
With diplomacy and sanctions failing to end violence in Syria, it is time for a new strategy. A well-considered and responsibly conducted intervention could stabilize Syria while also helping NATO Members to achieve broader strategic aims in the region. ...More