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Summit guide

For the first time ever, a NATO summit is being jointly hosted by two member countries and by two - France and Germany – whose close partnership during the course of NATO’s history symbolizes a vision of a Europe whole and free.

Against the backdrop of NATO’s 60th anniversary, NATO leaders will focus on the broader and more strategic issues that face the Organization. And while reaffirming their commitment to the fundamental principles that define the Alliance, they will look to the future and consider the place of NATO within Euro-Atlantic security with a view to preparing a new Strategic Concept.

Because of its limited duration, the summit will concentrate on a restricted number of issues, which will have a profound and durable impact on NATO: the progress of NATO’s strategy for Afghanistan and the results of the strategy review undertaken by the new US Administration, relations with Russia, France’s closer involvement in the Alliance and its impact on NATO-EU relations, and finally initiating work on a new strategic concept for the Alliance.

NATO is involved in a wide spectrum of other issues, which are covered in the “A to Z”.

Current operational priorities

Afghanistan and pressing issues related to the progress of the International Stabilization and Assistance Force (ISAF) will dominate discussions in Strasbourg-Kehl, and the situation in Kosovo and of NATO’s KFOR mission will also be reviewed. However, NATO also leads other operations and missions: Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean, the NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I), assistance to the African Union in Somalia, all of which are explained in the introduction to military operations below:

Enlargement and Euro-Atlantic integration

Following the recent accession of Albania and Croatia to NATO, Allies will assess progress made by candidate countries in integrating Euro-Atlantic institutions and salute the role of Partners and “contact countries” in other parts of the world in assisting NATO in its military operations and missions. NATO’s Partnerships cover a vast geographical area. Access to information on NATO’s relations with other countries is available via the “A to Z” index.

NATO’s relations with Russia

Russia is a pivotal partner and NATO’s relations with this country will be discussed.

Defence transformation and arms control

Capabilities, be they military or civilian, are always key to discussions on operations and missions. However, since they were extensively discussed by NATO defence ministers in Krakow on 19 February 2009, only a few key issues will be presented to Heads of State and Government in Strasbourg-Kehl. To put the development of capabilities in their politico-strategic context, reference is given below to the most recently published document - the Comprehensive Political Guidance

NATO’s role in Euro-Atlantic security

At Strasbourg-Kehl, NATO leaders will reflect on the broader and more strategic issues that the Organization is facing in the 21st century and which will need to be clarified in the Alliance’s next Strategic Concept.

Facts and figures

  1. Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.