Transatlantic Security in the 21st Century: Do New Threats Require New Approaches? Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, March 17, 2010   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Howard L. Berman: "For over four decades after the Second World War, the United States and Europe were focused on confronting the threat posed by the Soviet Union. That threat disappeared with the end of the Cold War, but it was replaced with a much wider, more complex array of security challenges, many of which emanate from outside the Euro-Atlantic region. Do we have the right tools, institutions and approaches to deal with these new threats? That is the subject of our hearing today. In addition to the potential instability in Southeastern Europe, we are confronting the ever-growing likelihood of a nuclear-armed Iran, the menace of al-Qaeda that continues to spread around the world, a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We also need to determine how to deal collectively with concerns such as energy security, sea piracy and climate change. The existing transatlantic and European institutions--such as NATO, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, and the European Union--have done a remarkable job building peace and prosperity in the Euro-Atlantic zone for many decades. But they are now re-evaluating their roles and capabilities to ensure that they can confront the challenges of the 21st century as effectively as possible." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Graham, Wolfgang Ishinger, Sally McNamara, and Dmitri Trenin.

Report Number:
Serial No. 111-86
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
Media Type:
Help with citations