- NewsletterBy Jonas Parello-PlesnerDec 21, 2010
The European Union can work together – at least when it is pushed together. China’s heavy-handed effort to get European nations to skip the Nobel peace prize ceremony in Oslo earlier this month did the trick. Not only did member states show up, but Serbia and Ukraine, countries with EU ambitions, were encouraged to attend as well.
- “Closing the Gap” The Euromissiles and President Carter’s Nuclear Weapons Strategy for Western Europe (1977-1979)ReportBy William LeonardDec 21, 2010
Shortly after entering the Oval Office for the first time in January 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his top foreign policy aides – including National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Deputy National Security Advisor David Aaron –were immediately confronted with a serious threat to the security of the Western European members of the NATO Alliance.
- ReportBy Keith C. SmithDec 1, 2010
Following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the leaders of Russia, including then-President Boris Yeltsin, searched for new methods of continuing to exert influence over the former Soviet-controlled region. The Kremlin at first used an energy blockade to the Baltic States in 1990 in an attempt to prevent their breakaway from the Soviet Union.
- Critical QuestionsBy Stephen FlanaganNov 18, 2010
On November 19–20, President Obama and the leaders of the 28 member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will gather in Lisbon, Portugal, to approve an updated strategy, a set of priority military capabilities, plans to strengthen partnerships, and a number of internal reforms all designed to ensure that the alliance is able to safeguard the security of its member
- Critical QuestionsNov 17, 2010
On November 20, on the margins of the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, President Obama will meet with leaders of the European Union. Dark and inauspicious clouds are forming on the eve of the summit as an economic crisis once again grips Europe.
- ReportBy Gregory Sanders, Guy Ben-Ari, David J. Berteau, Joachim Hofbauer, and Roy LevyNov 4, 2010
The international security challenges facing European governments are more complex than ever. In parallel, the economic recession has forced governments to make difficult choices in their defense budgets that will greatly affect their near- and long-term military capabilities.
- Critical QuestionsNov 3, 2010
Since the April 2009 G-20 gathering in London, Europeans have experienced a psychological roller coaster ride that began with the euphoria of President Barack Obama’s first visit to Europe and ended abruptly a year later with the political and economic onslaught of the European sovereign debt crisis.
- ReportBy Janusz BugajskiOct 31, 2010
Russia’s invasion, occupation, and partition of Georgia in August 2008 initially sent shock waves throughout Europe and NATO and appeared to signal a new confrontational phase in Moscow’s relations with the West.
- ReportBy Janusz BugajskiOct 29, 2010
This report provides an interim assessment of Kazakhstan’s Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chairmanship by comparing the stated priorities and agenda of the Kazakh government, as well as the recommendations issued by the CSIS–Institute for New Democracies Task Force, with the actions undertaken by the OSCE chair during the past nine months.
- Critical QuestionsOct 19, 2010
Today, the UK government released its much anticipated Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), which sets priorities for national security spending over the coming decade in light of constrained resources and continuing debate over Britain’s role in the world.