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Without its own defense forces, the EU will be lacking sovereignty and ability to have a voice on the world stage. The UK post-Brexit refuses credentials for an EU ambassador's post. Can't envision a more rude slap in the face ... however the meeting of Borrell in the Kremlin or the rude reception in Ankara is right at the top.

As the EU-27 states are struggling post-Brexit, a new EU Commission, a global Covid-19 pandemic ... the global powers are succeeding in bilateral agreements to make Brussels irrelevant. In addition, a powerful German voice is absent as the country is divided in four parts: Greens-CDU-CSU and the AfD.

EU Defense Cooperation: Progress Amid Transatlantic Concerns | Carnegie Endowment |

Sovereign Europe, dangerous world: Five agendas to protect Europe's capacity to act | ECFR |

Retooling America's alliances to manage the China challenge | Brookings Institute |

NATO 2030: United for a New Era

by Oui on Tue Apr 20th, 2021 at 07:19:19 AM EST
DOD Working Toward Networked Indo-Pacific | Pentagon - Aug. 31, 2020 |

When Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper talks about the Indo-Pacific he talks about it becoming a "networked region" -- not in the information technology sense, but as like-minded countries working together.

His travels to the region this week and previously are to encourage this concept, said David Helvey, performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific affairs.

"This is about countries that have common interests and shared interests that are willing to commit resources to work to support the folks to left and right in pursuit of a common task," Helvey said during an interview with reporters traveling with Esper.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization binds together 30 nations in collective defense, but there is no comparable treaty organization in the Indo-Pacific. In the region, the United States has a series of bilateral, treaty-based alliance relationships and a set of partnerships. "When we talk about promoting a networked region, we're talking about building the relationships we have not only with our allies and partners, we're promoting the contacts, coordination, integration [among] our allies and partners themselves," Helvey said. "Sometimes that involves us, sometimes them, working together in support of shared interests."

NATO policy already set in stone ..

Opportunity knocks for NATO and its partners in the Asia-Pacific | Atlantic Council |

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