Policy Forum

NATO’s New Troubles: Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Future of the Alliance

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Date and Time
January 31, 2008 12 - 2 PM EST
Featuring Stanley Kober, Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus, The Eisenhower Institute; Lawrence S. Kaplan, Emeritus Director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, Kent State University; Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow and Director of Research, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is facing a host of new challenges. In Afghanistan, NATO’s forces are being relentlessly attacked by the Taliban, and popular support for maintaining troops there is fading. The proposed deployment of antiballistic missiles, a potential flashpoint in Kosovo, and the growing tension between Russia and some of its neighbors all have the potential to divide members of the alliance. Meanwhile, NATO’s inability to deter a cyber attack that virtually paralyzed NATO member Estonia’s access to the Internet raises questions about the alliance’s ability to protect its newest members.

The panelists will discuss these and other challenges confronting NATO, offering their thoughts on the future of the alliance, and recommendations for U.S. policymakers.