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    Syria Crisis: Turkey Invokes Article 4 of NATO Charter

    Last weekend, hostilities between Turkey and Syria escalated after a Syrian anti-aircraft gun struck down a Turkish F-4 Phantom jet that was allegedly flying in international airspace. It has also been reported that Syria also fired on a Turkish search-and-rescue plane, but it is unclear if any damage was inflicted. … More

    Missile Defense Protection Against Iran Far Outweighs Objections from Russia or China

    As the Obama Administration continues to pursue what can at best be described as a tepid commitment to missile defense, it nonetheless continues to draw condemnation from Russian and Chinese officials who describe U.S. and NATO plans to enhance missile defense capabilities throughout Europe as “destabilizing.” All the while, Russia … More

    On Missile Defense, Russian Paranoia Trumps Reality

    Yesterday Nikolai Korchunov, Russia’s acting representative to NATO, had an article in The New York Times about NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense entitled: “You Say Defense, We See Threat.” Unfortunately, Korchunov did not elaborate on how NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense system is an actual threat to Russia. NATO leaders have said … More

    Georgia's Defense Reforms Are an Example for NATO

    Georgians live in a dangerous neighborhood. This is obvious to anyone looking at a map of the Caucasus. Iran is its neighbor to the south. Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a frozen conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province in Azerbaijan. Even though Georgia has good relations with both countries, … More

    From Lenin's Birthplace to NATO's Logistical Hub

    The recent NATO summit in Chicago failed to produce a U.S.–Pakistan transit agreement. The agreement sought would have allowed U.S. forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to transport supplies via Pakistan safely and cost effectively, and it would have guaranteed that in 2013–2014, Pakistan would be the safe … More

    NATO to Declare Interim European Missile Defense Capability

    During the NATO meeting in Chicago, the alliance will declare that it has an interim operational capability to defend itself against ballistic missile attacks. This is a major step forward for NATO and U.S. leadership within the alliance. The declaration marks the achievement of the first phase in the Obama … More

    NATO and Missile Defense: Words in a Summit Declaration Will Not Be Enough

    When NATO leaders meet this weekend in Chicago, they are expected to announce an Interim Missile Defense Capability in Europe. This announcement might read well in the summit’s declaration, but a lot more will need to be done before the members of the alliance will be protected from the ever-increasing … More

    NATO Summit 2012: Without New Investment by Europeans, NATO's Future Is in Doubt

    At the NATO Summit in Chicago this weekend, leaders will gather to discuss a number of issues facing the alliance. Top of the agenda will be Afghanistan, improving NATO’s military capabilities, and extending NATO’s partnerships with regional and global partners. However, nothing agreed at the summit will matter if America’s … More

    Opportunity to Showcase Long-Term Commitment to Afghanistan

    The long-awaited NATO Summit being held in Chicago next week with more than 60 heads of state and government in attendance will focus much of its deliberations on the future of Afghanistan. While “transition” has become a buzzword for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, the U.S and NATO Commander in … More

    G-8: Hiding in the Woods

    No one outside of the White House knows exactly why the President decided to move the G-8 meeting this Friday from Chicago to Camp David. Speculation that security concerns were driving the change in venue is probably off base given that the NATO summit scheduled two days later is continuing … More