Tomáš Valášek, a former Ambassador to NATO, now director of Carnegie Europe, discusses the optics, the outcomes and the likely ripple effects on transatlantic relationship of Trump’s rhetoric.
With Trump’s victory the US’s standing has already been damaged because it is no longer seen as a dependable or predictable partner.
Appealing to anxieties, Trump called for increased defence expenditures that could easily make the U.S. burden more lopsided than ever relative to allies.
The Commander of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Major General Stuart Skeates stated that the threats that we face around the world are very significant and in many respects they are very novel.
Following the July failed military coup in Turkey many Turkish officers posted at NATO now seek asylum in fear of their lives.
There are overlaps, even between jihadists and nationalists as both emerged from a sense of the necessity of violence to produce political change.
Sanctions against Russia should be extended for at least 12 months, so that Russia would not have the opportunity to utilise the discussion within the EU in its favour.
“Putin needs to spread chaos. Trump with his talks about how NATO is unnecessary, how everyone should pay for himself, plays into Putin’s cards”, says Garry Kasparov.
You should fight against ISIS the way governments fought against Marxist rebels: by designing a counter-revolutionary counterinsurgency.
NATO’s push to reinforce the resilience and sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia could provide an opportunity for a joint military engagement of the secondary partners – Armenia and Azerbaijan.
NATO cannot do anything to reverse Russia’s gains beyond just matching Russia’s capabilities and trying to close the gap.
The American – Soviet relations were severely strained reaching their highest point in the Cuban missiles crisis.
Commander of the SOF Juris Ušackis points out that there are various possible threat scenarios facing Latvia, and these units must be ready to react to any and all.