Anchoring NATO with leadership
May 21, 2012
Op-ed by: Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
“The long-term need for stronger political leadership is NATO’s most important challenge. The eurozone debt crisis and substantial reductions in defense spending have badly weakened Europe’s military capabilities and sapped its ambitions for global leadership. The decline is so severe that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned of a “dim, if not dismal” future for NATO. Meanwhile, the United States has identified Asia and the Middle East as its top foreign policy priorities, leaving many NATO allies skeptical of Washington’s enduring commitment to Europe’s security.
Chicago presents a chance for President Barack Obama and NATO leaders to push back on this gloom and doom.”