Rachel Ellehuus quoted in Voice of America article, “Biden to Reassure NATO Allies of US Commitment to Mutual Defense Clause”

"'They see what’s going on here domestically, and they worry about the future of the Republican Party. They worry about what happens after Biden,' according to Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 'They worry that some of the negative language about allies and partners and the U.S. commitment to NATO and global leadership could falter again…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T23:32:17-04:00June 14, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in AP News article, “Erdogan and Biden Meet at a Tense Moment for Turkish-US Ties”

"However, besides blasting the decision in speeches, Erdogan didn’t immediately hit back at Washington. The muted response suggests he wants a good relationship with Biden, said Rachel Ellehuus, an analyst at the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T23:54:30-04:00June 13, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in Foreign Policy article, “NATO Summit Key Test for Biden’s Efforts to Woo Europe”

"'Whether that’s in economics or trade or foreign policy or defense, there is a sense that, "well, you’ve been gone for a while, so you can’t just come back and assume your seat at the head of the table. Things have moved on, and we have to create space for European leadership,"' said Rachel Ellehuus, a former U.S. Defense Department official now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank. 'And I think this could play out even [...]

2021-07-20T20:02:12-04:00June 10, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus writes with Pierre Morcos in War on the Rocks: “NATO Should Finally Take Its Values Seriously”

"Several NATO allies may be shifting nervously in their seats when President Joe Biden takes the floor at the alliance’s upcoming June 14 summit. Rather than deliver the usual lecture on the importance of equitable burden sharing and increased defense spending, the new U.S. president is more likely to reflect on NATO’s founding principles. As U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed in his first visit to NATO headquarters, 'We also have to hold one another [accountable] to the values at [...]

2021-07-20T19:56:59-04:00June 9, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus cited in War on the Rocks article, “Predictable Unpredictability? U.S. Arctic Strategy and Ways of Doing Business in the Region”

"Alliances and partnerships in the region have been highlighted in the U.S. Arctic policy documents over the years as the greatest strategic asymmetric advantage over rivals in the region, and therefore the cornerstone of regional strategy. Notably, activity with and through allies and partners can help to partly offset the lack of surface ice-hardened capabilities and infrastructure such as ports, harbors, and other facilities, the lack of which limits the U.S. Navy to operating outside the marginal ice zone … As [...]

2021-03-11T00:00:20-05:00March 11, 2021|Economy & Trade|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in The Washington Times article, “Turkey’s Interference Worries Friends, Angers Foes”

"'Erdogan is using this overseas adventurism to draw the Turkish public’s attention away from how poorly the Turkish economy is doing,' said Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-11-18T15:45:52-05:00November 1, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

WestExec Spotlight: Rachel Ellehuus

WestExec’s Spotlight Series highlights the issues some of our team members focus on. This week’s Spotlight features Rachel Ellehuus, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy and Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2015-2018. Europe: The political currents in Europe grow increasingly complicated as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, the United States readies to remove a substantial number of troops from Germany, [...]

2020-09-30T22:26:42-04:00September 18, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives, WestExec Spotlight|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in Breaking Defense article, “Norway Expands Key Arctic Port for More US Nuke Sub Visits”

"'The Seawolf deployment, the joint B-52 flights over Norway last month, and our carrier going north of Arctic Circle for Trident Juncture all speak to a greater show of US presence in the Arctic/High North,' said Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director of the Europe Program at the Washington-based CSIS. 'Interestingly, they all had an element of strategic surprise,' she added, 'which I’m sure makes our Norwegian allies nervous as they prefer predictability in the region. I’d also note that the US is [...]

2020-09-30T22:10:23-04:00September 3, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in the Washington Times article, “U.S. Troop Drawdown in Germany Faces Hurdles, Delays”

"'The problem is, where do they return to? Is there housing? Are there schools? Is there health care?' Ms. Ellehuus said at a webinar Tuesday organized by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. 'Particularly in a time of COVID, there could be real concerns...'" Read the full article here: Full Article

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in NPR article, “‘Maybe I’m Not as Safe as Before’: Turkish Admiral Seeking Asylum In U.S. Speaks Out”

"'I wouldn't say it's entirely implausible,' says Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. 'I've never seen proof to that end.' "Still, Ellehuus and others say that Erdogan has clearly benefited from the coup — which he termed 'a gift from God' — allowing him to swiftly eliminate any criticism of his government..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-08-01T12:16:49-04:00July 23, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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