If the recent crisis in Ukraine has brought home one clear message, it is this: policy unity between the United States and the European Union is absolutely essential. NATO will remain the first place where the United States will turn due to our treaty obligations and our status as a member.
Europe and the United States have a collective interest in the promotion of a stable international order based on the rule of law, open and equitable arrangements for trade, and a commitment to democratic government and individual rights. These interests face renewed challenges in a complex global political environment.
After months of tension, outbreaks of horrific violence, and political concessions, we have witnessed an extraordinary transformation of Ukraine, as the symbolic Maidan Nezalezhnosti—or Independence Square—has transitioned from protest zone to war zone to uneasy political truce.
The last time a German President publicly stated Germany should be prepared to defend its interests with military might, he was forced to resign. That is what happened to Horst Koehler in 2010 after he suggested that the German military, the Bundeswehr, may need to be deployed to defend German national interests abroad.
The countries America honors and the leaders we invite for a state visit sends a powerful message about the foreign policy agenda of a president. Some presidents view state visits as an opportunity to reward important and long-standing partners; others see it as an opportunity to strengthen and/or to make new friends. For President Obama, it has certainly been the latter.
The Government of France is poised to readjust its military presence in the Sahel region of Africa. Prompted by perceived terrorist threats and risks to French and European interests, the re-organization may have significant implications for future U.S. Government policy and French-American cooperation in the region.
Missing the good old days? When there were only two large powers having a global ideological war? Recent events in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, among others, make clear that it has become harder to predict the driving force of international politics and security.
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.
The United States is a global power with security interests and commitments in every region of the world. The current defense strategy of the United States calls for increased engagement and investment in the Asia-Pacific region, while maintaining peace and security in cooperation with its allies and partners in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
In January 2013, the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative began designing the framework for a Global Youth Wellbeing Index with the goal of filling a significant gap among the numerous comparative measures of national poverty, development, and wellbeing.