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From Terrorism to Cold War-like Conventional Military Adventurism—Is Europe Up to the Test?

July 25, 2014

It was not that long ago that NATO was a solution in search of a problem, an alliance in need of an enemy to defend against. With Putin’s apparent determination to reclaim at least some parts of the Soviet empire, NATO’s raison d’etre has never seemed clearer. Moreover, the post-9/11 threat of terrorism remains; if anything, it appears to be intensifying. Does Europe have the means and the will to respond to these threats?

Gilles De Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator
Amb. Douglas Lute, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO
Amb. Sir Peter Westmacott, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S.
MODERATOR: Elise Labott, Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN