September 28, 2022

Sharper: NATO

Analysis from CNAS experts on the most critical challenges for U.S. foreign policy.

By Anna Pederson and Michael Angeloni

As the war in Ukraine pushes past the six-month mark, NATO stands at a critical juncture. In the face of renewed great-power competition in Europe, the alliance has proved to be an irreplaceable guarantor of transatlantic security through its support of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Finnish and Swedish NATO accession promise to build a stronger alliance to match the complexity of future challenges. CNAS experts are sharpening the conversation around NATO’s pivotal role in Ukraine and the alliance’s promotion of transatlantic security interests against threats from autocratic aggressors. Continue reading this edition of Sharper to explore their analysis, commentary, and recommendations

Features

Russia in the Arctic: Gauging How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Alter Regional Dynamics

Russia’s reinvasion of Ukraine in February 2022 is producing ripple effects that will reverberate far beyond Ukraine for years to come, affecting issue areas and regions where the United States and Europe must manage relations with Moscow. Such effects will certainly be felt in the Arctic. Already, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has compelled Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership, altering the region’s security architecture. Amid the changes that are unfolding, it is critical that analysts and policymakers reexamine long-standing assessments and assumptions about Russia. To that end, this paper reexamines Russia’s approach to the Arctic in light of events in Ukraine.

The 2022 Madrid NATO Summit, with Ivo Daalder and Doug Lute

What are the most important takeaways from this week’s NATO summit in Madrid? Ivo Daalder and Doug Lute join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss how the alliance is adapting to meet the challenges of a new era. Ivo Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013. Doug Lute served as the United States Ambassador to NATO from 2013 to 2017.

Enlisting NATO to Address the China Challenge

Europe has grown more sober in its assessment of China, and a report argues the DoD should enlist NATO in efforts to address the China challenge. As a first step, the United States should work to foster a shared transatlantic assessment of the challenges China poses. Aside from playing a bigger role in the Arctic, Africa, and cyberspace, China is making investments in new infrastructure and weapon systems. Its growing footprint and influence in Europe, as well as its deepening cooperation with Russia, create new challenges for NATO.

Transatlantic Security

Russia in the Arctic: Gauging How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Alter Regional Dynamics

Russia’s reinvasion of Ukraine in February 2022 is producing ripple effects that will reverberate far beyond Ukraine for years to come, affecting issue areas and regions where...

Transatlantic Security

The 2022 Madrid NATO Summit, with Ivo Daalder and Doug Lute

What are the most important takeaways from this week’s NATO summit in Madrid? Ivo Daalder and Doug Lute join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss how the alliance...

Defense

Enlisting NATO to Address the China Challenge

Moving forward, the DoD should enlist NATO in efforts to address the China challenge....

Events

Brussels Sprouts Live with Julianne Smith, U.S. Ambassador to NATO

On June 21, 2022, CNAS hosted a live recording of Brussels Sprouts, one of the organization’s flagship podcasts offering small bites on transatlantic security, NATO, the EU, Russia, and all things Europe. Julianne Smith, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, joined Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend in conversation about Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Then Andrea and Jim were joined by Steven Erlanger and David Sanger of the New York Times to continue the conversation.

Virtual Fireside Chat with Ms. Eva-Maria Liimets, Foreign Minister of Estonia

Estonia is a crucial NATO ally in the midst of this conflict, given its pivotal position as a Baltic nation bordering Russia, as well as its history as a former Soviet state. On Wednesday, February 16, the Center for a New American Security hosted a virtual fireside chat with Ms. Eva-Maria Liimets, Foreign Minister of Estonia, to discuss the current conflict in conversation with Andrea Kendall-Taylor. As the United States and NATO work together to de-escalate, the discussion provided fresh insight into the conflict from the Estonian perspective.

Transatlantic Security

Brussels Sprouts Live: Setting the Stage for Madrid

Over the past several months, the NATO alliance has faced a tremendous challenge in responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While allied cohesion has been consistently ...

Transatlantic Security

Special Event | Virtual Fireside Chat with Ms. Eva-Maria Liimets, Foreign Minister of Estonia

Feb 16, 2022

Commentary

NATO’s Madrid Summit: A Missed Opportunity for European Strategic Responsibility

"Greater European strategic responsibility is vital for the future of NATO. While tensions around unequal burden-sharing are a long-standing element of the transatlantic relationship, recent years have highlighted the urgent problems that the status quo poses to both the United States and Europe," wrote Nicholas Lokker in Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. "Washington increasingly focuses on both domestic issues and the challenges posed by China in the Indo-Pacific. This shift in priorities casts doubt on the sustainability of massive military commitments to Europe. European leaders at both the national and E.U. levels, meanwhile, have stressed that Europe needs greater strategic autonomy to become a stronger geopolitical actor in a more turbulent international environment."

Transatlantic Security

NATO’s Madrid Summit: A missed opportunity for European strategic responsibility

Europeans must commit to higher defense spending and use the full potential of the European Union to better coordinate their investments....

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In the News

Featuring commentary from Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Carisa Nietsche, Jim Townsend, Heli Hautala, and Maria Snegovaya.

Transatlantic Security

Why Russia Is Losing the War in Ukraine

Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Director of the Transatlantic Security program at the Center for a New American Security, joins The Ezra Klein Show to discuss how and why in recent wee...

Indo-Pacific Security

Four maps explain how Sweden and Finland could alter NATO’s security

This week Finland and Sweden, traditionally neutral nations, announced their bids to join NATO, a move that analysts say will transform Europe’s security landscape for years t...

Transatlantic Security

NATO, explained: Why the alliance was formed — and what it's doing for Ukraine

NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's a military and political alliance that was founded in 1949 in response to the actions of the Soviet Union. "The Allies in...

Transatlantic Security

Russia may become the only non-NATO nation in the Arctic, sparking fears of conflict

For decades, Russia and other nations collaborated on scientific and environmental issues in the Arctic. Now, there's concern that Finland and Sweden joining NATO could spark ...

Transatlantic Security

Was NATO Enlargement a Mistake?

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces on NATO, the decision to proceed with its enlargement, and its impact on European and global security. To comp...

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