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Transforming Global Alliances in the New Era

Recorded on June 26, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The Iraq debate highlighted a growing divide between the United States and many of its traditional allies. It brought into sharp focus the rise of American power, the future of its global military basing structure, and the role of its most important alliances, such as NATO. Where does the U.S. move from here? What lies ahead for NATO and the transatlantic alliance? What are the implications for alliances with countries in Asia and the Middle East?

In an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world, it is vitally important for the United States and its allies to work together to combat international terrorism, the threat posed by rogue regimes possessing weapons of mass destruction, as well as being prepared for threats that have yet to be defined. While America remains the world's only superpower, the need for powerful global alliances has never been greater.