The Future of NATO
NATO’s campaign in Libya received mixed reviews, and now its forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan. This month, member countries are meeting in Chicago to talk about the alliance’s future. So what’s next for NATO?

It's been called the most successful alliance in world history. President Obama and fellow leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, are meeting at an important summit in Chicago this month to discuss the future of the alliance.

NATO troops have now spent a decade in Afghanistan, and more recently, NATO airpower helped to overthrow Moammar Ghaddafi in Libya. But in the face of economic stress, and war-weary publics in the United States and Europe, how will the alliance move forward?

As NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan, many Afghans fear that their security will deteriorate. We hear perspectives from everyday Afghans on NATO’s departure.
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Fareedoone Aryan talks with Ashraf Ghani, the man in charge of making sure Afghan troops and police can handle security duties once NATO soldiers leave.
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Teri Schultz reports from Brussels and London on the lessons NATO can draw from its experience in Libya, and what it means for the alliance going forward.
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Host Ray Suarez looks back at NATO’s origin as a counterweight to Soviet military might, and its more recent history in the former Yugoslavia, Libya, and Afghanistan.
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The May 20th NATO conference marks the first time such a meeting has been held in Chicago. But how do Chicago residents feel about the international attention? Alex Keefe reports.
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How will NATO withstand defense cuts and war-weary publics? Will the world see more NATO missions like the one carried out in Libya? Host Katherine Lanpher discusses NATO’s future with two experts.
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Video Extra

Northern Afghanistan, long-considered a quiet battlefield, has benefited little from international aid and is now seeing an increase in Taliban activity. Anna Badkhen, a war correspondent, decided to embed not with American troops but with the Afghan people in 2011.

AAM sits down with Badkhen, author of the eBook, "Afghanistan by Donkey"—her account of a year of travel around northern Afghanistan.


Featured Experts

Charles A. Kupchan
Dr. Charles Kupchan is Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also professor of international affairs at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His latest book "How Enemies Become Friends" was released in March 2010.
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Justin Vaïsse
Justin Vaïsse is the director of research for the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. His areas of expertise include American foreign policy and European affairs.
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The Future Of NATO / Produced by Fareedoone Aryan, Joseph Braude, Teri Schultz, and A.C. Valdez. Additional production help was provided by Flawn Williams / Special thanks to Alex Keefe and WBEZ Chicago / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photography: Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: May 2012

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