Europe has key lessons to learn in developing a dialogue with the Arab world. It also needs to address a co-ordinated defence policy as the role of the US in NATO changes, GIS expert Dr Uwe Nerlich reports

NATO adopted a new ten-year strategic plan in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2010 but five months later it lay in tatters as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s key allies faced political disarray when the Arab revolution reached Libya.

The NATO summit in November had addressed a broader range of threats than ever. But it failed to produce new defence initiatives while the United States was being driven by its huge budget def...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The Libyan war could move into the background or matters could get worse if the West intervenes in Syria escalating and spreading Middle East conflict. The West’s ability to resolve disputes seems to have run out of options
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