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What Europe Needs to Do
Five Priorities for Europe’s Transatlantic Strategy

Europe needs to step up its game in terms not just of its own regional security but global security as well.

Published on: September 22, 2017
Andrew A. Michta is the dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Views expressed here are his own
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  • DarknetSoldierr

    More than 80% of the world economy is outside of Europe. Europe can barely handle Europe. No way it’s handling anything else.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The best thing Europeans could have done in the recent past and in the future is to talk their Russian neighbors out of voting on religion to elect a nationalist seeking to rebuild the Russian empire. Europe should be asking, “Why do they have a Putin? Why not get Russia better leadership for the sake of all countries?

    • D4x

      Anyone who can read this might consider that President Putin understands the deep historical connection between the Russian Eastern Orthodox Church and Russian national identity, even though Catherine the Great did nationalize Church property to help the Russian State pay for her revolution in Russian health care and education, and eternal quest for that warm-water port…

      The most important lesson in Russian history that Europeans still know, but FG will never see:
      Catherine the Great Martyr Екатерина великомученица
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/50d46faea65998569a3bc4e34978c115fd1e373a7f25b1f8493ba3cebb5d8bed.jpg The Grand duchess Catharina Aleksejevna 16 years old (future Catherine II of Russia, called the Great) by GC Grooth_(1745)
      Catherine Profile portrait of Catherine II by Fedor Rokotov (1763, Tretyakov gallery)

      “The State Hermitage Museum (Russian: Госуда́рственный Эрмита́ж) The State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, St. Petersburg. …Today, the palace and the museum are one and the same…an important symbol and memorial to the imperial Russian state. Catherine the Great started her art collection in 1764… Through Catherine’s art collection, she gained European acknowledgment and acceptance, and portrayed Russia as an enlightened society. [Catherine and Voltaire were pen-pals.]

      The museum celebrates the anniversary of its founding each year on 7 December, Saint Catherine’s Day.”

      “Catherine, though German-born, after becoming betrothed to
      Peter the III, converted to the Russian Orthodox Church and learned Russian.
      Before her reign and during her reign, Catherine was an inveterate admirer of
      Western culture….[Diderot was her palace-guest. Voltaire got jealous]

      Russia’s foreign change was revitalised by the removal of export duties, and in about five years, she
      pulled the country out of bankruptcy….

      Catherine was the first [Russian] person to be inoculated for a vaccination for smallpox, which at the time, was the biggest
      killer of children. This was the first of her many achievements in the improvement of Russia’s medical systems.

      By her decree, every province in Russia had a hospital and she founded a College of Medicine to train doctors,
      so that everyone would have access to medical benefits.
      •The construction of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg which continues to remain one of the world’s greatest art museums.
      •Established schools staffed with teachers in every province, along with founding a boarding school for girls
      •The initiation of the Imperial Russian Dictionary, which included the vocabulary of two-hundred languages
      •In 1766, she granted freedom of worship throughout the country”

      “In a Decree by the President of the Russian Federation dated 18 December 1991 the State Hermitage Museum was included into a list of the objects of national heritage belonging to all the people of the RussianFederation.

      In a Decree by the President of the Russian Federation dated 12June 1996 the State Hermitage Museum was placed under personal patronage of the President of the Russian Federation.”

  • Boritz

    A good job of cataloging the holes in the transatlantic relationship. When you consider how Germany has pronounced America under Trump an “unreliable partner” and consider further how pleased they were with Obama’s support of their figleaf defense stature it isn’t difficult to assess the likelihood of any of these measures coming to fruition.

  • Tom

    Won’t happen. The Euros are too busy trying to figure out how to pay for their welfare states to pay any serious attention to any security issues outside of the region.

  • Bankotsu

    ” Hence the fifth priority strategic objective for Europe, which follows naturally from the fourth, is to prepare itself to take a stand on the potential for conflict in Asia—both in the short-term with North Korea and in the long-term U.S. competition with China.”

    China poses no military threat to europe, why should europe view China as threat?

    I don’t see the logic here.

  • The Sixth Republic

    I don’t know if letting Germany militarize is a great idea after two world wars. But, we may not have a choice, America can’t keep the peace alone and Russia is clearly a threat. If Germany can keep them in check with minimal American assistance all the better. But, we need to keep a close eye on Germany when they gain significant military power.

    • Kevin

      They lack the demographic momentum or ambition to pose a challenge. The bigger issue is whether they can even protect themselves.

      • Bankotsu

        If that is the case, U.S. military should exit Germany now.

  • Kevin

    Seems pretty utopian.
    The Europeans will simply take potshots at the US and refuse to do anything useful so ,not as they live inside the security structure provi pled by the US.
    Fundamentally the Europeans need to figure out what they want, other than navel gazing and making useless moral pronouncements.
    Until they come back with an objective that suits the US, a plan to reach it, and demonstrate the willingness to make the necessary investments, the US should begin winding down NATO.

  • Bankotsu

    “Hence the fifth priority strategic objective for Europe, which follows naturally from the fourth, is to
    prepare itself to take a stand on the potential for conflict in Asia—both in the short-term with North Korea and in the long-term U.S.
    competition with China.”

    This makes no sense.

    If U.S. and China dukes it out in war, why would europe want to intervene? Just let the two sides kill and destroy each other and europe can come out and declare itself as new hegemon after the war.

    This is silly.

  • QET

    I can’t speak to whether these are indeed the priorities, but I will say that it is very nice to see, for once, a TAI article making the point that it is Europe that ought to be changing its policies to suit the US rather than the usual other way around.

  • UNExit

    The article became funny – sad when you reached ” priority 3″, Europeans actually paying for their own military/defense.
    The author gives the Europeans the usual establishment free pass…
    “And yet, while the 2 percent commitment is an important indicator of intent, it is far more important for NATO to develop a shared threat assessment as the baseline for developing requisite plans and capabilities.”

    At that point, the entire article boils down to
    (a) the U.S. gets to herd European nations to back it with meaningless political resolutions, and
    (b) Even if a consistent political policy or statement can be created, the Europeans expect the U.S. to pay for all, supply all the materials and troops, and take the all the risks, and will happily cave in on any sanctions for their own political gain since they have zero, zip, nada investment in maintaining any sanctions.

    More of the last 60 years of U.S. provided military welfare for European welfare queen nations that are allies in name only.

    • Tom

      Eh. As long as the Warsaw Pact was just over the horizon they were willing to pony up. The problem was that, when the Warsaw Pact dissolved, they started to think that they didn’t need defense establishments at all, rather than just downsized ones.

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