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Swedish and Finnish tanks during NATO's "Cold Response 2022" military exercise in Norway.

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As Russia balks, NATO might gain two strong Nordic recruits

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a boon for NATO.

The alliance that former President Donald Trump wanted to pull out of and continues to call a “paper tiger” is more relevant and united than it has been in years. Its members are poised to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas, expand their defense spending, and are now also accepting — and expecting — new members.

Enter Finland and Sweden, two Nordic countries with a history of neutrality now moving closer to official NATO membership. While they insist they will be making their decisions on whether to join the defense pact independently, both Helsinki and Stockholm are expected to announce their bids by May.

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Putin attends a meeting with the head of the Republic of Ingushetia at the Kremlin in Moscow.

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Russia’s war heads for a deep freeze

Who will win Russia’s war in Ukraine? What might a peace deal look like? The sad truth is that true victory may elude both sides, and there is no foreseeable basis for a lasting peace agreement.

The likeliest outcome in Ukraine is “an unstable, violent stalemate,” according to political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, one that creates future risks for Ukraine, Russia, and the world.

Here’s why ...

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NATO Still Plays A Vital Role for US Interests | The Red Pen | GZERO Media

NATO’s role as a deterrent is still critically important to the US

In his New York Times op-ed, Stephen Wertheim says that Americans should "want no part" in NATO. It's a provocative argument, but misses the mark, according to Ian Bremmer, who breaks out the Red Pen with Eurasia Group analyst Charles Dunst to argue that now is not the time for the US to back out of NATO.

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Ian Bremmer: "America Is Back" | Biden on Munich's Virtual Tour | Quick Take | GZERO Media

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 | NATO Secretary General | GZERO World

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.

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Is NATO Evolving Fast Enough to Adapt to an Ever-Changing World? | Jens Stoltenberg | GZERO World

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.

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“China Is Not An Enemy” Says NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg | NATO Indo-Pacific Strategy | GZERO World

“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.

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Is Turkey NATO’s “Problem Child?” | NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg | GZERO World

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.

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