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    United States President Donald Trump was correct in his assessment that the North Atlantic Alliance is outdated, Associate Professor in International Politics at the Universiteit Antwerpen Tom Sauer asserted, saying that the bloc should be replaced by a new security organization that will encompass countries in Europe and Asia.

    "NATO should be transformed or even be replaced by a new Eurasian-Atlantic collective security organization that includes Russia. That will also be in the interest of Ukraine and the Baltic states," the analyst wrote for the National Interest. "The newly built headquarters for NATO in Brussels, which will be inaugurated in the presence of President Trump at the end of May, is large enough to fit them all."

    Sauer referred to NATO's ongoing enlargement as "the biggest mistake" the bloc has made. He also noted that Western countries should have asked Russia to become a part of "the Euro-Atlantic security architecture on an equal basis" following the end of the Cold War.

    This is something that Russian officials and experts have also advocated. On February 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned a common security space in his speech at the Munich Security Conference.

    Russia "has always been sincere in advocating work based on equal footing in order to create a common space of security, good-neighborliness and development from Vancouver to Vladivostok. The tensions of recent years between North America, Europe and Russia are unnatural; I would even say they go against nature," he said.

    Sauer maintained that any defense alliance, including NATO, is "temporary" in its nature since they are created to pursue certain goals and are dissolved once the needed objectives are achieved.  

    "It is indeed bizarre that NATO is still alive," he observed. "The implosion of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR itself should, indeed, have led to the demise of NATO."

    Many have pointed out that the North Atlantic Alliance stepped into uncharted territory following the end of the Cold War, looking for enemies, both real and imagined, largely outside of its sphere of influence to find a new basis for its existence. The analyst mentioned proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, so-called rogue and failed states, as well as ethnic conflicts and terrorism as some of the main threats that the bloc has focused on in the last two and half decades. However, the alliance has apparently been ill-prepared to deal with these challenges.

    "NATO's post-Cold War track record is dismal, which is not surprising, given the nature of the beast. Apart from the Balkans, which are more or less stable (although tensions are flaring up again these days), the NATO military interventions in Afghanistan and Libya are a complete failure. … Again, this should not come as a surprise, because collective defense organizations are not meant for carrying out peace-building operations."

    The analyst also pointed out that NATO has tried to deal with "collective security tasks" that are supposed to be addressed by organizations like the United Nations or the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). As a result they have been "sidetracked."

    "Collective security organizations regulate the use of force amongst its member states, and they are – in contrast to collective defense organizations – not meant to serve against an external enemy," the analyst explained.

    President Trump appears to understand that NATO is not the best solution to the emerging challenges. Sauer suggested that although Washington will remain committed to the bloc, the current US administration will pay less attention to it. If true, this will create a unique opportunity for Europe to invest into its own security.

    "Now, for the first time ever, we have an American president who calls NATO obsolete. European leaders should now get their act together and agree with this assessment," he said. "There has never been a better external opportunity to strengthen European foreign, security and defense policy. In a world without NATO, the Europeans have no escape from taking up more responsibilities."

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    • avatar
      ViTran
      RF, is with China, SCO, CSTO etc ... Can they all join ?
    • avatar
      armor
      Headquarters in....Brussels ? :) Hmmm....but Brussels and the EU have already been overtaken by events.
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      anne00marie
      It worked best, when in a bi-polar relationship with the Warsaw Pact. Now why was the Warsaw Pact dismantled and NATO allow to move forward. As a uni-polar, totalitarian offensive, removing Military Leaders, with failed politicians and military 'yes men'. To replace it with another uni-polar union, would change nought, just enlarge the egos of the idiots working on behalf of their Defence Industry shareholders. It is just a way for the NWO to take control of China and Russian Defence, for their totalitarian agenda.
    • landauroj
      Security organization against what? ISIS fighters are product of the bestiality action of the imperialistic power of USA, UK, and EU and those Arabic sheiks created by these powers. Those terrorist mentally reduced to the age of the caves do not see better life that those promised by the preachers as a way to live, have children, a home inside some type of social justice. At least Russia must understand if there is not social justice terrorism will always live and being part of ISIS is a way to died at least by a cause regardless if their cause is just or wrong. Instead of expending millions in having NATO with Russia in it, they should fight the causes of the rise of ISIS in those poor countries exploited by centuries by the colonialist powers.
    • landaurojin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, The main cause of the fall of the Soviets was the arm rise between communist Russia and western capitalist powers. The Soviets could not keep expending a lot of resources just to keep up with the USA. The cost of public services and educational, and health, and accommodation, and the economical blockade of western countries were too much for the Soviets to catch up with the westerner countries.
    • MaDarby
      So, I don't get it. Lets take a positive view and Western Europe and Eastern Europe including Russia form a security alliance great peace is achieved. My question is against what threat are they to secure themselves? Russia and China already have strategic and security arrangements so not China, other regions of the world offer no threat, Africa does represent a security threat neither does the Middle East. Perhaps the USA would be the biggest threat, after all it is the country spending a trillion dollars a year on its military/intelligence complex.

      Perhaps they could all get together and secure us from the threats created by Orson Wells.
    • Igor R
      The western elite always needs an enemy so that they can steal trillions from the working people.
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      armorin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, you are quite right there. It is the NWO elites in many countries
      today in revolt against what they perceive to be a threat to their 'order'.... That diabolical 'order' is being stopped, it has possibly realised that Russia is Russia is Russia....same for China in many ways. In my humble opinion and analysis, RUSSIA is the No.1 enemy (to be destroyed) of the NWO elites/militarists, mega-bankers, occult societies etc. They NEED to balkanize, if not destroy Russia. My prayer is : May the Almighty God keep Russia as that brave Nation( with its various peoples) has shown endurance, went through so much punishments, and suffering particularly in the Soviet times, that great country will be preserved and rewarded. I have absolutely no doubt. To all Russians, have a great Sunday tomorrow.
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      newdaysin reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, and now the US is militarily behind - way behind Russia. way behind China. way behind Iran. One difference is then the US became a bully and remained one. Russia has reemerged as a cooperator and negotiator. Us now has the same as President. Let the world move into the 21st century. Let the negotiators try - all the various bullies have utterly failed.
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