- Why the U.S. has struggled, despite having the largest defense budget in the world, in combatting non-traditional threats from states and non-state actors with extremely limited resources.
- How the world’s foremost military academy needs to and can adapt to deal new and ever-changing threats.
- What it takes to fight against extremist ideologies, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or beyond.
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By Sarwar Kashmeri for The Foreign Policy Association
“Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role,” former Secretary of State Dean Acheson presciently observed in his 1962 speech at the U.S. Military Academy/West Point. It is the epigram with which David Hannay, the former British diplomat, and one of Britain’s most distinguished foreign service veterans, introduces his insightful, informative, timely, and enjoyable book, Britain’s Quest For a Role: A Diplomatic Memoir from Europe to the U.N. (I.B. Tauris & Co., Ltd., 2013)…
Hannay writes with the certainty of a university don and the sophistication of a classically trained diplomat. He has had to choose what to emphasize and what to mention without elaboration. His formula works well because it keeps the memoir flowing around his primary focus, which is the tectonic shift in Britain’s place in the world, from empire to a middling world power, and Hannay’s ringside seat during the years of transformation.
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Each year the Foreign Policy Association’s PBS “Great Decisions” HD TV Series drills down into headline foreign policy issues. My argument that NATO needs an upgrade and it is time to merge NATO with the European Union was a featured topic in 2013.
Here’s the transcript