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Officially, NATO and Russia don't see each other as enemies. In practice, they actually collaborate in several areas. So why the bad mood music between the two?
This photostory has a few familiar - but also a few surprising - pictures outlining NATO and Russia's recent relationship. It aims to highlight some of the areas which have been challenging, including Ukraine and Syria. But it also illustrates some areas where, quietly and progressively, NATO and Russia are still working together in some key areas.
Missile defence is not going to go away. But neither are the Russian objections to the NATO missile defence system. What are the obstacles - and how can they best be addressed?
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Both NATO and Russia have made strong claims that they want to collaborate more with each other. Russia wants more collaboration in areas like missile defence. NATO wants more linking up in activities covered by the NATO-Russia Council. Yet despite both sides' enthusiasm, collaboration is at one of its lowest levels for ages. There is effectively a 'pause' in many areas. How did this happen? And what can be done to solve it?
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A global challenge requires a global approach. And the melting of the Arctic ice is certainly an issue whose effects will be felt around the world. But how much is this a NATO issue? What role could – or should – the Alliance play? NATO Review interviews the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide, to see why he invited NATO to take a closer look at the issue.
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What are partners? And why are they important? NATO Review asked four foreign ministers past and present to explain why partners have a key role in security, where they can help and what the partners get out of their involvement.
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Sweden's forces haven't been involved in a combat mission for over 50 years. But they have stood ready to assist in many NATO operations since the 1990s. Ryan Hendrickson here makes the case for Sweden to be called a special partner to NATO.
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Stanley Sloan takes a deliberately provocative view of whether all sides benefit equally from neutral countries partnering with NATO. Here he looks at the pros and cons of the arrangement for the countries and the Alliance.
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NATO Review asks two of NATO and the EU's top officials how they see partnerships. And whether they could see a way to partnering with each other more.
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Afghanistan is not the only operation where NATO has teamed up with partners. This photostory shows a few examples of partners working side by side with NATO.
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Few countries have had such a frontline partnership role with NATO as Sweden. From Bosnia to Libya, it has participated continously in NATO-led operations. How does it see the changes in NATO's new partnership structures?
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NATO is changing the way it works with its partners. Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, explains what these changes mean to both sides.
Operations at sea have helped created an increasing number of new partners. Here Ed Schmoker outlines how North Africa, Europe and the US have been brought together by working together on the Mediterranean sea
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Coming at the cusp of a number of major anniversaries, this edition of the NATO Review focuses on several of the Alliance’s most significant relationships, and on some of the structures that underpin NATO’s partnerships.
the big move
François Le Blévennec takes us back 40 years with his eyewitness account of the move of NATO Headquarters from Paris to Brussels.
Lech Wałęsa reminisces on the tenth anniversary of NATO’s membership invitation to Poland.
Paul Fritch reflects on developments over the last decade in the relationship between the former Cold War adversaries.
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Professor Adrian Pop examines the evolving relationship between the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance.
Dr Masako Ikegami looks at the NATO-Japan relationship and offers her recommendations for improving East Asian security.
Dr Amadeo Watkins and Srdjan Gligorijevic discuss the past, present and immediate future of NATO's role in the western Balkans.
Professor Grigoriy M. Perepelytsia gives his personal perspective on the choices facing Ukraine in its relations with the North Atlantic Alliance.
Dmitri Trenin takes a hard look at the NATO-Russia relationship on the fifth anniversary of the NATO-Russia Council and the tenth of the Paris Founding Act on Mutual Relations.
Allen G. Sens argues that NATO's transformation must be broader than is currently conceived if the Alliance is to meet the security challenges of tomorrow.
Victoria Nuland explains how the practical demands of NATO operations in Afghanistan have pushed the Alliance beyond its theoretical limitations.
Patrick Stephenson investigates the causes of NATO's new growing agenda.
Richard Weitz assesses the security environment in Central Asia and proposes ways to further enhance NATO's regional engagement efforts.
As NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, US Air Force General Lance L. Smith oversees efforts to modernise NATO’s military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance and its Partner nations.
Ronald D. Asmus examines the remake that NATO requires to meet the challenges of the post-post Cold war era that are centred beyond Europe
Mark Crossey considers the importance of language policy at NATO and its effects on interoperability based on the experience of Central and Eastern European countries.
Barry Adams reviews two recent books on NATO enlargement.
Robert Weaver analyses the challenges that face NATO's partnerships ten years after the creation of the Partnership for Peace.
Zvonimir Mahecic analyses Croatia's relationship with NATO and its Alliance membership aspirations.
Zuqian Zhang examines the potential for closer relations between China and NATO.
General Konstantin Vasiliyevich Totskiy is the first Russian ambassador to be accredited exclusively to NATO. A 53-year-old professional soldier born in Uzbekistan, General Totskiy had previously spent his entire career in the Border Service, originally of the Soviet Union and later of Russia, becoming director of the Russian Federal Border Service in 1998.
Fraser Cameron and Andrew Moravcsik discuss the role of EU and NATO
James Sherr examines NATO-Ukraine relations and Ukraine's aspirations for integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions via the prism of defence reform.
Paul Fritch examines how NATO-Russia relations have evolved since the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.
Disagreements between some European countries and the United States over policy towards Iraq have generated much media comment during the past year, including speculation about the future of transatlantic relations in general and the relationship between the European Union and NATO in particular. Ironically, however, it has been during this period that EU-NATO relations have moved most rapidly and constructively forward [i]writes Pol De Witte[/i].
Julian Lindley-French analyses relations between the European Union and NATO and urges the two organisations to work together in the common interest.
Christopher Bennett examines how NATO has forged effective partnerships with non-member states and other international organisations since the end of the Cold War.
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Federico Trillo-Figueroa Martínez-Conde describes how Spain has taken the lead to build a fleet of European air tankers.
Adrian Pop examines the challenge facing Romania for the country to become an effective contributor to the Alliance.
Christopher Bennett reviews literature examining military reform in the seven countries invited to join NATO at the Prague Summit.
Alberto Bin examines how the Alliance's Mediterranean Dialogue has been upgraded at the Prague Summit and considers its future evolution.
Osman Yavuzalp describes how NATO members and Partner countries will be working together to combat terrorism.
The first NATO Science Partnership prize has been awarded to a trio of scientists from Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom for their collaboration on innovative cooling techniques for gas-turbine engines.
James Appathurai examines the nature of the capabilities gap and initiatives to overcome it.
Guillaume Parmentier argues that NATO needs to focus on its military capabilities and to become a more equal partnership between the United States and the other Allies.
Colonel Ralph D. Thiele marks the 50th anniversary of the NATO Defense College by describing how the institution has expanded its courses and activities to include citizens of Partner countries.
In June 1999, when President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari persuaded then Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to accept NATO's terms for ending the Kosovo air campaign. Since leaving office in 2000, he has chaired various conflict-prevention organisations, has been an independent inspector of the IRA's arms dumps in Northern Ireland, and has founded an association to facilitate his international work.
An innovative, NATO-sponsored programme is helping recently and soon-to-be discharged officers in Bulgaria and Romania find work and make new lives for themselves outside the military and will soon be extended to Croatia and possibly Albania.
Between 1949 and 1989, a total of 456 nuclear tests were carried out at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Union's premier test site, before its closure by presidential edict in 1991.
Michael Rhle gazes into his crystal ball and imagines how the Alliance and the Euro-Atlantic security environment might look in ten years.
Irakli Menagarishvili describes Georgia's relationship with the Alliance and how it is evolving to the benefit of both Georgia and NATO.
Robert Weaver analyses the evolution of NATO's partnerships ten years after the creation of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council.
New faces have appeared in NATO's Brussels headquarters in recent years as Partner nationals have seized opportunities to witness Alliance decision-making and operations for themselves.
At the Washington summit last year, allied leaders set out their vision of an alliance with new missions, new members, new partnerships, and a commitment to strengthen its defence capabilities.
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