7 November 2018

"Europe Needs Stronger Answers"

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook 
"We’re increasingly seeing 'America Alone' instead of 'America First'", said Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Director of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, on the foreign policy shift under the Trump Administration in a recent interview with "Internationale Politik."

Clüver Ashbrook also commented on National Security Advisor John Bolton’s role as a 'Falcon'. In her view, he was able to execute on President Trump’s foreign policy strategy to put China in check through enormous international pressure while rearranging the U.S.-built international order. As a consequence, she said, "it’s Putin’s number that leaders are dialing to talk about peace in their region, not that of the White House."

On Germany’s role, Clüver Ashbrook said that a new culture of strategic thinking was necessary for Germany. She urged the European country to think about building a National Security Council similar to that of the United States.

Overall, she concluded, the future of the West depended on Europe becoming more strategic in their foreign policy - and soon at that, for example by building closer relationships with Canada, Japan and other key actors.

Read the entire interview (in German) here:

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