This year’s NATO Summit will be its 25th summit. It is being held in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago, United States, on 20-21 May 2012. The NATO Summit will deliver on decisions that were taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, driving forward key Alliance policies and reaffirming the transatlantic link.
The NATO Summit 2012 will principally focus on three main themes. The Alliance's commitment to Afghanistan through transition and beyond, ensuring that the Alliance has the capabilities it needs to defend its population and territory.
The NATO Summit Chicago will also ensure that the Alliance has the capacity to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. And it will strengthen NATO's network of partners across the globe.
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NATO is clearly committed to supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014. This is when the gradual transition of responsibility for the security of the country, from ISAF troops to Afghan forces, will be fully implemented. At the NATO Summit 2012, leaders will put forward proposals to make this a reality – a mark of their determination to ensure the country will never again be a base for global terrorism.
A key outcome from the NATO Summit Chicago will be developing “smart defence” in terms of greater prioritisation, specialisation and cooperation, into a long-term capability strategy. This forthcoming NATO Summit 2012 strategy comprises three major components. First of all, a tangible package of multinational projects to address critical capability shortfalls. Secondly, longer-term multinational projects that include missile defence, Alliance Ground Surveillance and air policing. Finally, the NATO Summit will agree strategic projects for 2020, covering areas such as Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and air-to-air refuelling.
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This year’s NATO Summit Chicago will be an opportunity for Allies to broaden their partnership networks and to further deepen international relations at a time when cooperation is no longer considered as a luxury, but a necessity.
23 May 2012 The US is the home of social media. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many others were born there. So could social media be the means that brings NATO closer to US people? We asked a number of communications experts what progress they feel has been made - and what more needs to be done.
7 May 2012 NATO Review asked the Governor of State of Ilinois, Pat Quinn, about Chicago's preparations for the NATO's 2012 Summit, how the Alliance is perceived in the city and why Chicago represents the best backdrop for NATO's first Summit in North America this century.
13 April 2011 NATO's first Strategic Concept for eleven years was often portrayed as a balancing act. For instance, how to balance new threats with old ones? How to accommodate the interests of small countries and big ones? Now that it has been signed, how was the Concept seen?
25 November 2010 The main worry of the people in NATO countries is about the economy. And it is no different in the heart of NATO. Budgets are tight. Priorities have to be clear. But there are some positives that could come out it. More joined up defence is one of them.
27 March 2008 Bucharest has four major areas where Bucharest can make a difference, says NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Here he tells NATO Review what they are and why they are so important. And how he sees these issues 'beyond Bucharest'
18 March 2008 What is the best way for NATO to obtain the most strategic effect? Here Julian Lindley-French and James Townsend describe the potential path - and pitfalls - to pursuing optimal effect for NATO. One of the main recommendations is clearer focus.
1 January 2007 Paul Savereux examines a keystone document recently made public. Amid the Riga Summit fanfare came the news that NATO Heads of State and Government had endorsed a document entitled “Comprehensive Political Guidance” and had agreed to make it public.
1 January 2007 As Chairman of the Military Committee, Canadian Forces General Ray Henault provides military advice to the North Atlantic Council on behalf of the NATO Chiefs of Defence Staff and oversees the military implementation of decisions made by the Council, the Alliance’s highest decision-making body.