Courtesy Reuters

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary General, discusses NATO and its response to Russian’s recent interventions in Ukraine and Syria with Editor Gideon Rose.

This interview has been edited and condensed. A rush transcript is below.

Gideon Rose: Sandy, thanks for being here.

Amb Vershbow: My pleasure.

Gideon Rose: You've been involved with NATO for many, many decades in many capacities. There were periods in there, even a decade ago, when it wasn't the most exciting organization with the most compelling mission. These days, it seems to be hopping again. What's going on with NATO?


Amb Vershbow: Well,

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