Watching the horizon, from Chicago

There are times when you step onto Chicago’s Lake Michigan beaches with sand at your feet and azure water stretching to the horizon, it doesn’t feel like the Midwest.

It is a view reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

Just one of the reasons Chicago was a fitting host for the recent NATO summit. While it’s hard for the world’s myriad geopolitical problems to compete with the distraction of Wrigley Field, the conference in Chicago tackled crucial questions about the alliance’s future. Some questions are existential, such as how committed European countries really are to a common defense that won’t come cheap. Others are practical, including how to orchestrate a decisive withdrawal from Afghanistan.

For all the significance the White House made of the U.S. strategic pivot from the Middle East and Central Asia toward the Pacific, the Mediterranean region must be the urgent priority for the U.S.

Read more at The American Security Project’s Flashpoint Blog.