NATO’s Future

dick lugar nato speech 001 - 600I’ve been busy at the Atlantic Council today covering two huge events.

First, Senator Richard Lugar delivered a speech on the Future of NATO.  In addition to the usual niceties about the important of transatlantic cooperation, Lugar argued that we need “boots on the ground” in Eastern Europe to assuage their fears about Alliance commitment and that NATO should consider unconventional threats such as energy cut-off as the equivalent of armed invasion.  Click the links for the full text of Lugar’s remarks as well as my analysis of his major proposals.

In a few minutes, Anders Fogh Rasmussen will deliver his first major speech in the U.S. as NATO Secretary General.  Commentary and analysis will be forthcoming.

UPDATE:  See “Rasmussen: ‘Things Are Going to Have to Change’ in Afghanistan” and “Rasmussen: Afghanistan Proves NATO Solidarity, Not Weakness” for my initial wrap-up and analysis.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.