As the NATO and the EU-US summits in Lisbon approach, it is important to see and understand how, and how much, the United States plays a role in EU-Turkey relations.
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talk with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen prior to a NATO Russia Council meeting at a NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday Nov. 20, 2010. NATO planned Saturday to deliver a historic invitation for Russia to join a missile shield protecting Europe against Iranian attack, a milestone for an alliance that was built to defend against Soviet forces.? Read more »(AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Exceptionalism is usually a term that the Americans love to couple it with their own country, and that generally refers to the extraordinary nature of the U.S. as ‘a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals.’
The Strategic Concept for the Defence and Security of The Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation adopted by Heads of State and Government in Lisbon today is very concise. Just eleven pages. Let’s see how substantial it is. And how it will be implemented.