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Quick Take: "America Is Back": Biden on Munich's virtual tour

Ian's Quick Take:

Hi everybody, Ian Bremmer here on a snowy Friday in New York City. But if it was any other year, I'd actually be in Munich right now for the annual Munich Security Conference. It's the largest gathering every year of foreign and security policy leaders and experts from the transatlantic community, and increasingly from around the world. It's, for obvious reasons, postponed this year, they're hoping to put something together in the summer in-person, but that didn't stop some of the most prominent leaders across the transatlantic partners from speaking virtually at an event that streamed live over a few hours today. So, given that I thought I'd give you a quick response on what I thought was happening and answer some of your questions.

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The role NATO is playing in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

What role, if any, does an intergovernmental military alliance like NATO have to play in the coronavirus pandemic? Quite a big one, says Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "NATO's main task…is to prevent this health crisis from becoming a security crisis." How exactly does such a big organization like NATO accomplish that mission? That's a focus of his conversation with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Watch the full episode: Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

Is NATO evolving fast enough to adapt to an ever-changing world?

How does NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg think his organization should adapt to a rapidly changing world? "The most important thing we can do is to make sure that we have strong international institutions. And that NATO remains a strong alliance, both militarily and politically." The fact that Stoltenberg stressed the importance of political evolution for a military alliance like NATO may indicate how much the modern battlefield has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. He spoke with Ian Bremmer on an episode of GZERO World.

Watch the full episode: Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

“China is not an enemy,” says NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg

"China is not an enemy," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tells Ian Bremmer in an interview on GZERO World. But the question of whether or not that makes China a friend to NATO allies is not so simple, either. How should the West thread the needle in engaging with China? It's a country that, like it or not, will likely dominate geopolitics for at least the rest of our lifetimes.

Watch the full episode: Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

Is Turkey NATO’s “problem child?”

"Turkey is an important NATO ally. If you just look at the map, you see the importance of Turkey for the security of Europe." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg makes it clear how important Turkey is to the intergovernmental military alliance. But at the same time, he has some real concerns with how Turkey has been acting in recent years. At what point, though, would NATO consider kicking Turkey out of the alliance? That's a touchy question. He spoke with Ian Bremmer on this episode of GZERO World.

Watch the full episode: Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

Will NATO adapt to emerging global threats?

The world has changed significantly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Has the intergovernmental military alliance of NATO—which was founded to counter the Soviet threat to the West—done enough to keep up with today's landscape of global threats? Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to make the case for a modern, 21st century NATO. He'll discuss how the alliance is adapting to a variety of threats and challenges ranging from the rising influence of China to cyber warfare to the coronavirus pandemic.

Podcast: Will NATO Adapt to Emerging Global Threats? Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's Perspective

Listen: The world has changed significantly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Has the intergovernmental military alliance of NATO—which was founded to counter the Soviet threat to the West—done enough to keep up with today's landscape of global threats? Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joins Ian Bremmer on the podcast to make the case for a modern, 21st century NATO. He'll discuss how the alliance is adapting to a variety of threats and challenges ranging from the rising influence of China to cyber warfare to the coronavirus pandemic.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: Russia’s continued threat

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is not naïve about the continued threat that Russia poses to his organization, which was founded shortly after WWII to counter Soviet aggression. But he also sees a silver lining in Putin's belligerent moves. "For the first time in many years, allies are investing more in defense. And all of this is very much triggered by Russia's behavior since 2014." Stoltenberg also believes that a critical step to confronting Russia will be to beat them on the cyber battlefield. His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World, which begins airing nationally in the US on public television November 13th. Check local listings.

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