The making of a new NATO Strategic Concept is a bit like making a sculpture. It's just that there are many different sculptors. And probably never more so than this latest Concept.
The sculpture begins with an idea, which may change, but most are clear at least on what materials are available. As the design progresses, more ideas and fine tuning come to mind. And so the sculpture develops bit by bit, rather than quickly and dramatically.
I remember asking Madeleine Albright if she had felt that there had been a 'eureka' moment as she (and her Group of Experts) drew up their suggestions for the new Concept. She said no, that it was far more gradual.
As I thought about this, I read a quote from one of the world's most famous sculptors, Anish Kapoor. He reaffirmed this process in sculpting something new. 'Work comes from other work - there are very few eureka moments,' he said.
And so, in a way, it has been with the new Strategic Concept. It builds on many new developments. And will have to continue to do so, as it will be a living sculpture, for today's - and tomorrow's - security.