Time for a More Active EU in Defense?

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A proliferation of external threats, including terrorism and cyber attacks, combined with a fractious European Union places Europe in a vulnerable position at the start of the new year. The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder sat down with former Deputy Secretary General of NATO (2012-2016) Ambassador Alexander Vershbow to discuss the future of European defense.

The Cipher Brief:  John McLaughlin, the former Acting Director of the CIA and Cipher Brief network member, mentioned a few weeks ago that Europe is likely to face even more ISIS-targeted terror. We’ve already seen attacks on the continent over the past year. At the same time, Europe’s holding elections across the continent in 2017, and there’s fear of Russian hacking in those elections. Are these fears validated, and do you think Europe is able to respond?

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