Obama’s European Listening Tour

At the 45th Munich conference on security policy in February, vice-president Joe Biden reminded America’s European allies that the United States is ready to listen again. Referring to President Barack Obama‘s strategic review of US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan in advance of Nato‘s 60th anniversary summit, Biden noted: "We seek ideas and input from you and all of our partners."

This is welcome news. The US hurt its leadership position over the past several years by refusing to hear what the world was telling us. But in order for the transatlantic security relationship to be one between full partners again, the US will need some help.

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