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|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in Foreign Policy article, “4 Key Takeaways from the British Report on Russian Interference”

"While Russia has long honed its hacking and disinformation skills on neighboring countries in Eastern Europe, the report notes that Russia’s efforts to sway voters in Scotland ahead of the 2014 independence referendum marked the first known attempt to interfere in the democratic processes of a Western country. Rachel Ellehuus, the deputy director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it was surprising that 'as far back as 2014, knowing the objectives and the tactics [...]

2020-08-01T08:52:07-04:00July 21, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment

“The Importance of Transatlantic Cooperation During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Full Written Testimony July 14, 2020 Chairman Keating, Ranking Member Kinzinger, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. These are difficult times for our country, but I have no doubt that we are stronger when we work together as a nation and with our Allies and partners. Our European Allies and partners are vital to the United States' economic welfare and national security. [...]

2020-07-17T17:00:16-04:00July 14, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in The Economist article, “A Weaker Post-Brexit Britain Looks to America”

"Still, American diplomatic and military insiders tend to pooh-pooh the idea that the relationship is in crisis, or that France could supplant Britain. 'The uk is still our most capable partner militarily, and our most valuable partner politically,' says Rachel Ellehuus, who handled European and nato policy at the Pentagon until 2018..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-01-31T16:06:35-05:00January 20, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Rachel Ellehuus quoted in The Hill article, “Trump Returns to Impeachment Fight After NATO Clash”

"Still, Trudeau’s remarks highlighted frustrations among foreign leaders over Trump’s unpredictability, said Rachel Ellehuus, a NATO and Europe expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “...'I think the comments in that conversation reflect a level of frustration among allies about the president’s unpredictability,' said Ellehuus. 'It’s a pattern. And I think it hurts our credibility and allies’ willingness to follow us...'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2019-12-09T13:05:29-05:00December 4, 2019|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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