Rachel Bronson

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NATO has been one of history’s most powerful and successful alliances, preserving and extending liberal values for more than 60 years. It must continue to do so.

For much of its history, NATO was essential to the stability and prosperity of Western Europe, once the center of political gravity. It was formed, in the words of Lord Ismay, NATO’s first secretary general, “to keep the Russians out (of Europe), the Americans in and the Germans down.”  Its charter, signed 63 years ago last month, is one of the most elegant political documents ever written.  Running a little more than 1,000 words, its Article 5 remains the core of the alliance — “An armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.”

Article 5 has been invoked only once in the history of the alliance, and that was not when the Soviets came rolling across Eastern Europe as was originally feared, but rather on Sept.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tunisia. Egypt. Yemen. Bahrain. And now the uprising and brutality in Libya. Could Saudi Arabia be next?

The notion of a revolution in the Saudi kingdom seems unthinkable. Yet, a Facebook page is calling for a “day of rage” protest on March 11. Prominent Saudis are urging political and social reforms. And the aging monarch, King Abdullah, has announced new economic assistance to the population, possibly to preempt any unrest.

Is the immovable Saudi regime, a linchpin of U.S. security interests in the region, actually movable?

Revolutions are contagious in the Middle East – and not just in the past few weeks.…  Seguir leyendo »