Clara M. O’Donnell
Former Brookings Expert
Clara Marina O’Donnell, a nonresident fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow at the Centre for European Reform, passed away in London on January 16, 2014. She was 30 years old. Clara led CUSE’s research and programs on European security and defense issues, focusing on the transformations underway in European and U.S. military forces.
NATO has meant that countries, historically, that had been at war have put those animosities aside and committed to mutual security. It means that at least there is one part of the world that the U.S. had to worry about before that it now doesn't have to worry about.
Whoever wins the [U.S. presidential] elections will increase its calls for Europeans to do more to uphold international security and continue refocusing America’s attention towards the Pacific.
There is very little appetite from the [NATO] alliance to undertake what we call a discretionary war [in Syria].