NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete? (Hardback)
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NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete? (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 30/04/2011
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On September 5, 2009, the commanding officer of NATO's German troops in Afghanistan ordered a U.S. Air Force fighter to destroy two fuel trucks hijacked by theTaliban. Within hours, he was being investigated by German prosecutors for the murder of innocent civilians-collateral damage. Under German law its forces can only be deployed for peacekeeping; America might be at war in Afghanistan, but Germany is not. Germany is not the only country that sets strict conditions on its NATO troops. Half of the allied forces in Afghanistan operate under restricted battlefield conditions. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower stormed the beaches of Normandy with an Allied army that followed his every command; in Afghanistan military commanders must consult a checklist to figure out which allied soldiers can be sent into battle. NATO today is a shadow of what it used to be-the world's most formidable military alliance. Its original reason for existence, the Soviet Union, disintegrated years ago, and its dreams of being a world cop are withering in the mountains of Afghanistan. But eliminating NATO is not the answer, argues Sarwar Kashmeri. It is, for Americans and Europeans, still the safety net of last resort. Kashmeri believes NATO's future usefulness depends on its ability to partner with CSDP, Europe's increasingly successful security and defense establishment. It is time for NATO 2.0, a new version of NATO, to fit the realities of the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
ISBN: 9781597976640
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 27 mm


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"Sarwar Kashmeri's views on the Atlantic alliance are widely respected, and NATO 2.0 demonstrates why. It is a meticulously researched, wise, and lucid book that is enriched by Kashmeri's wide-ranging interviews with American and European leaders (past and present) and foreign policy experts. Kashmeri does not pull punches in discussing the serious problems NATO faces in developing a compelling raison d' tre in the 21st century, but he also points the way forward by offering creative proposals for cooperation between the alliance and the European Union through the latter's European Security and Defense Policy. Those who believe that NATO still has a purpose would do well to read his impressive book."--Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science, City College of New York/City University of New York and author of The End of Alliances-- (11/08/2010)
"A once-great alliance, NATO has long since lost its bearings. For anyone concerned with getting things back on track, Sarwar Kashmeri provides a detailed and eminently sensible road map."--Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of history and international relations, Boston University, and author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (2010)-- (11/11/2010)

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