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Putin’s Predicament: What is to be done?

Vladimir Putin is tracking another Vladimir—this one with the last name Lenin—who published a pamphlet in 1902 called “What Is to Be Done: Burning Questions of Our Movement.” That Vladimir …

Ukraine: Another Test for Europe – and the United States

Europe has seen many moments marked as a “major passage.” Most of them are self proclaimed, but one was suggested by an American. Forty-one years ago–then Secretary of State–Henry Kissinger …

Germany and the Spider-Man Doctrine

Call it the Spider-Man Doctrine: With great power comes great responsibility. Enunciated not by Stan Lee but by Germany’s President Joachim Gauck in a speech at last week’s Munich Security …

Surprise out of Germany

Although Chancellor Angela Merkel’s selection of the previous Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, as Minister of Defense last month was a huge surprise—especially to her …

NATO Enlargement Policy

In this recently published report from the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Dr. Patrick Keller, Coordinator for Foreign and Security Policy at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and AICGS participant, explores the debates surrounding …

The Consequences of the Financial Crisis for Europe’s Security

First published in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, this article from Karl-Heinz Kamp discusses the effects of four recent economic and geostrategic trends and emphasizes three necessities as NATO moves forward. …

Slimming Down: The Pivot, Austerity, and the Path Ahead for Transatlantic Security

“If Article 5 beckons, the United States should and will be there.” Barry Pavel and Jeff Lightfoot of the Atlantic Council It goes beyond saying that this statement is one …

Prospects for National and Transatlantic Security under Austere Defense Spending

Looming on the horizon, January 1, 2013 and the beginning of sequestration’s effects are approaching closer and closer. A consequence of the Budget Control Act of 2011, budget sequestration is …

Assessing Transatlantic Risks: The Erosion of Allied Solidarity

Despite NATO’s reaffirmed commitment to promote peace and security, Ms. Ann-Kristin Otto argues that member states’ divergent opinions on how to address threats, the specter of unrewarding military engagements, and …

European Hegemon or Transatlantic Free Rider? Contending Perceptions of German Foreign Policy

AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Christian Tuschhoff examines the opposing viewpoints toward Germany in the context of its role in the European Union and NATO. Many partner nations are criticizing Germany for putting its national interests above common goals. According to Dr. Tuschhoff, Germany must do more to assuage these partner nations’ concerns.

NATO Chicago Summit

Heads of State and Government will be gathering in Chicago this weekend for the 2012 NATO Summit, which will be the first to take place on U.S. soil in 13 …

NATO’s Future: Reconnecting Means with Ends

In this week’s At Issue, Executive Director Jack Janes examines the windy atmosphere of debates surrounding the recent NATO summit in Chicago. As the 28 member states look to find common answers to a long list of security issues, they must also reassess and redefine the ends of means that NATO stands for.