Should Europe Defend Itself?
Chris, Melanie, and Zack wade into the long-running debate on whether Europe can defend itself (chiefly from Russia), and how hard it should try. In a recent article, Barry Posen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concludes that Europe is capable of conducting major military operations against a potential Russian attack, and that these capabilities serve as an important deterrent. But others doubt that Europe will ever be able to stand on its own without substantial support from the United States. The ultimate unknown, however, might revolve around how much autonomy the United States is willing to grant to key NATO allies — and how much autonomy they will demand in exchange for greater burden sharing. Zack offers up an atta-doctor/atta-deputy secretary of defense to newly confirmed Kath Hicks, while Chris praises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for showing the way on how schools can reopen. Melanie has a grievance against those who just can’t get along with others, even when they perform random acts of kindness, and Zack throws shade on people who refuse to put their names on major publications.
- Barry R. Posen, “Europe Can Defend Itself,” IISS, December 3, 2020
- Jeffrey Lightfoot and Olivier-Rémy Bel, “Sovereign Solidarity: France, the US, and Alliances in a Post-COVID World,” Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council, November 11, 2020
- Adam Weinstein, “What the Afghanistan Study Group Final Report Missed,” Inkstick, February 11, 2021
- Laura Meckler, “CDC Defends School Guidelines as Advocates Say They Make It too Hard to Reopen,” Washington Post, February 14, 2021
- Evan Braden Montgomery, In the Hegemon’s Shadow: Leading States and the Rise of Regional Powers (Cornell University Press, 2016)
- Joe Gould, “Senate confirms Hicks as DOD’s No. 2,” Defense News, February 8, 2021
- Anonymous, “To Counter China’s Rise, the U.S. Should Focus on Xi,” Politico, January 28, 2021
- Virginia Heffernan, “What Can You Do about the Trumpites Next Door?”, Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2021
- Our World in Data, Coronavirus Vaccinations by Country
- “Americans and Germans Differ in Their Views of Each Other and the World,” Pew Research, March 9, 2020
- Hans Van Der Burchard and America Hernandez, “US-German Tensions Over Russia-Backed Nord Stream 2 Pipeline,” Politico, January 21, 2021
- “What Would Happen if America Left Europe to Fend for Itself?”, The Economist, March 14, 2019
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