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NATO Goes to Wales
- By Robert E. Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1993-1998

bod.hunter2At last week’s NATO summit in South Wales, there was a most prominent “absent guest” who could have been called to by any of the Western leaders, but especially by U.S. President Barack Obama: Avaunt! and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold;
Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
Which thou dost glare with!   But unlike the terror he felt in face of Banquo’s ghost, Macbeth declared himself able to deal with “…the rugged Russian bear…” (or also, stated here for the record, “… th' Hyrcan [Iranian] tiger…”)     read more

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Perspective: Considering ISIL and Options for the U.S.
- By John Barry, former Defense and Security Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine

Among the precepts Henry Kissinger plentifully permitted himself in his multi-volume memoirs were four which seem especially urgent now that President Obama is, step-by-slippery-slope, committing America’s military once more into the cauldron of Iraq.     read more

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NATO: Very Much Alive at 65
- By Michael D. Mosettig, former Foreign Editor of PBS News Hour

michaelmosettigWhen the leaders of the North Atlantic alliance wrapped up their Chicago summit two years ago and started preparing for their 65th anniversary meeting in 2014, they could have asked John Travolta to provide the soundtrack, "Stayin' Alive."

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Perspective: Google and German Angst
- By Markus Ziener

mzeiner01Recently, Germany’s Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, was asked how often he used Google to search the internet. His answer: “Everyday and in an exorbitant manner. Therefore, unfortunately, I am part of the problem.” The way the Social Democrat described his digital behavior reflects the increasingly ambiguous relationship many Germans have with Google’s services ---whether it is the search engine, Googlemail, Googlemaps, Googletranslate or anything else Google. When looking something up on the internet 90 percent of Germans use Google – significantly more than the worldwide average of roughly 70 percent. The internet giant has not only become ubiquitous. Google has become inescapable.     read more

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OUR MUST READS

The Making of Vladimir Putin,” by Strobe Talbott, Aug. 19 Politico Magazine. A detailed and authoritative assessment of the President of the Russian Federation and his vision, offered by notable Russian and foreign policy expert. Talbott served as Deputy Secretary of State during the Clinton administration and is now president of the Brookings Institution.

"New president, new "Constitution"?" by Yves Bertoncini, Director of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute.  Recommended by European Affairs.

"Bolstering European Energy Security" by Jesper Pedersen, published by German Marshall Fund. Pedersen, a member of European Affairs Board of Advisors, working on a prestigious GMF Asmus Fellowship, has written a comprehensive study on European energy issues, challenges and opportunities. Study is well written and particularly timely, given the spotlight that Russia's seizure of Crimea has put on European dependence on Russia for gas. Recommended by European Affairs.

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