Derek Chollet is a veteran of the Obama administration, where he served six years in senior positions at the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. Most recently, he was the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. In that role, Chollet managed U.S. defense policy toward NATO, Europe, and the Middle East. Currently the executive vice president and senior adviser for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, he is the author of “The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World.”
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Today the United States is more engaged, in more places and in more ways, than it was eight years ago. In fact, on the issues that matter most, Obama’s mark will be enduring and largely positive.
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Derek Chollet, former Obama administration assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, now a counselor and senior adviser at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks about his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World.
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“The Trump team’s approach rests on a cartoon of Obama’s policies, one those currently in power have invested years — and significant financial and political resources — constructing. Yet they have found it hard to reconcile their assertion that the nuclear agreement is the ‘worst deal ever’ with a viable plan to replace it. Instead, the best they can do is bluster and punt.”
“When Iran does act out again — which it will — we should not taunt Trump about being weak or bait him into acting militarily.”
“Derek Chollet of the German Marshall Fund argued the United States must deter Iran and reassure U.S. allies by maintaining a robust military presence in the region, planning a range of U.S. responses to destabilizing Iranian activities, and ensuring that U.S. forces have the weapons systems and personnel required for scenarios involving Iran.”
“The Trump administration needs to ensure that the nuclear agreement with Iran—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—is strictly enforced and that the Iranian leadership understands that the international community will never accept an Iran with a nuclear weapons capability.”
“In the past 18 months, the United States and its NATO partners have continued to lift their game, bolstering their collective capabilities aligned against the Russian threat, increasing their defense resources and developing new initiatives to address NATO’s operational shortcomings.”
“This summit could have been a victory lap for the alliance. Instead, Trump’s antics — from his opening diatribe against Germany to his Thursday morning outburst about defense spending that sent leaders into a rare emergency session — left some allies asking whether the United States was on the verge of withdrawing from NATO.”
“The trans-Atlantic relationship will only get choppier in the coming months, with the congressional midterm elections as another inflection point.”
“From NATO to British politics, US media to the EU: almost nothing was left unscathed from Donald Trump's European trip - and that's a victory for Russia's Putin, Derek Chollet, senior advisor at the German Marshall Fund, tells DW.”