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12 Sep. 2014

NATO engages with civil society on Children and Armed Conflict

NATO met Thursday [11 September] with senior representatives of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers initiative and the United Nations (UN) Institute for Training and Research to discuss ways of improving the protection of children in armed conflicts.

10 Sep. 2014

A new Manfred Wörner Chair in Afghanistan

A newly created Manfred Wörner Chair for International Security Studies has been established in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has been set up at the Law and Political Science Faculty of Kabul University, in order to honour NATO’s achievements and sacrifices in the country through the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and in memory of the former NATO Secretary General, Dr. Manfred Wörner, who led NATO’s transformation into a modern alliance.

9 Sep. 2014

NATO Secretary General welcomes new Iraqi government

I welcome the approval of the new, inclusive Iraqi government by the Iraqi Parliament. The formation of the government under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi represents a historic opportunity for Iraq’s people and their political leaders to overcome their ethnic and sectarian divides. This new government is an important step towards building unity, security and stability in Iraq.

9 Sep. 2014

Focused discussions on NATO’s Wales Summit and partnership with Central Asia

NATO’s Wales Summit and the Alliance’s cooperation with partners in Central Asia were the key themes of a discussion at Uzbekistan’s University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) on 4 September.

8 Sep. 2014

NATO ships take part in multinational ‘Sea Breeze’ exercise in Black Sea

Three NATO ships are taking part in the multinational “Sea Breeze 2014” military exercise, which started on Monday (8 September 2014) in the Black Sea. The deployment is a demonstration of NATO’s commitment to strengthen its ability to work with partner navies.

8 Sep. 2014

NATO Exercise Steadfast Javelin II tests Allied interoperability

NATO-led Exercise Steadfast Javelin II wrapped up on Monday (8 September 2014) after a week of intensive training which involved over 2,000 troops from 10 Allied nations. The exercise, which took place in Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, focused on strengthening interoperability between air and ground forces through airborne and air assault missions. "With this exercise NATO sent the clear message that it is committed and ready to protect member nations’ territory at any time,” General Hans-Lothar Domröse, Commander Joint Forces Command Brunssum (JFCB) said.

5 Sep. 2014

NATO leaders take decisions to ensure robust Alliance

The Alliance’s 28 leaders at their Wales Summit on Friday (5 September 2014) agreed on a Readiness Action Plan to strengthen NATO’s collective defence and to ensure the Alliance is ready to deal with any challenge. “This is a demonstration of our solidarity and resolve,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

5 Sep. 2014

Allied leaders pledge to reverse defence cuts, reaffirm transatlantic bond

The Alliance’s 28 leaders agreed at their Wales Summit on Friday (5 September 2014) to reverse the trend of declining defence budgets and raise them over the coming decade, a move that will further strengthen the transatlantic bond. “In this dangerous world we recognise that we need to invest additional effort and money so today the Alliance made a pledge on defence investment,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

4 Sep. 2014

NATO reaffirms continued support to Afghanistan

NATO Leaders at the Wales Summit reaffirmed on Thursday (4 September 2014) their commitment to supporting Afghanistan and called on the two presidential candidates to work together and to conclude the necessary security agreements as soon as possible, as they have said they will. The ISAF Heads of State and Government also asked the two candidates to “swiftly deliver a peaceful outcome of this election, acceptable to the Afghan people,” the NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

4 Sep. 2014

NATO leaders pledge support to Ukraine at Wales Summit

NATO leaders at the Wales Summit on Thursday (4 September 2014) pledged to provide strong support to help Ukraine improve its own security at a meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko. “Our support is concrete and tangible,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. “We highly value Ukraine’s contributions to our operations and the NATO Response Force. Ukraine has stood by NATO. Now in these difficult times, NATO stands by Ukraine.”

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