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Libya Campaign Shows Need to Re-Think the Transatlantic Link Print Email
EA June 2011
By Camille Grand -– Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique   

 

camillegrand1More than three months after the beginning of the military campaign in Libya, the outcome remains unpredictable, at least in its final shape and its aftermath. Already, however, the transatlantic partners are starting to draw some first lessons from the intervention.
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U.S. Lambasts European Allies for Failing NATO (6/10) Print Email
June 2011
By European Affairs   

In strong terms of condemnation rarely heard from a U.S. secretary of defense, Robert Gates chose his last appearance at a NATO ministerial conference to admonish the European allies that their failure to maintain their military has put at risk the U.S. commitment to the transatlantic alliance. 

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Updated: Led By The EU And Nato, International Efforts To Stem Maritime Piracy Begin To Pay Off Print Email
EA June 2011
By European Affairs   

UPDATE: In the last eight months, Somali-based piracy has expanded – despite the US-European patrolling operations – but attacks have become less successful, due to improved defenses on tankers. The major scholarly journal Geopolicity published a report concluding that the Somalian pirates were merely acting as "profit-maximizing entrepreneurs," and as such unlikely to abandon piracy. In fact, as illustrated by the Geopolicity map below, pirates expanded their operational range via the use of motherships from which to launch smaller skiffs. A full synopsis of the report is available at the bottom. (6/8/11)

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Killing of Bin Laden May Provide Opening For Compromise In Afghan War (5/2) Print Email
May 2011
By European Affairs   
Will the elimination of Osama Bin Laden help open the way to an end of the war in Afghanistan and an earlier withdrawal of more U.S. and European troops fighting there in the NATO-led offensive against the Taliban? This question is already being debated in policy circles in Washington (and in European capitals) on the day after the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader.
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The Allies In Libya: A New Paradigm For Intervention? Print Email
EA April 2011
By Robert E. Hunter -- RAND Corporation Senior Advisor   

“Bad cases make bad law.” This axiom of jurisprudence can as easily apply to the use of force. What is happening in Libya at the moment is a “bad case” in three ways: military intervention in its civil war does not derive from well-established precedent, does not draw on unambiguous principle, and may not set a course or parameters for future conduct of various nations and institutions in similar – or roughly similar – cases. This conclusion will be tested the next time the U.S., its European and Canadian allies, and others are faced with a situation that seems to cry for outside intervention.

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