NATO's new Strategic Concept discussed in Prague
On 12 January, experts and diplomats discussed the future strategic concept of the Alliance at a conference in Prague. Entitled "NATO Strategic Concept: Response to our Concerns?”, the conference was organized by the Prague Security Studies Institute, in cooperation with the Czech Foreign Ministry and co-sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.
Conference participants included a number of members of the Group of Experts on the Strategic Concept appointed by the Secretary General, led by Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, as well as representatives of member states, think tanks and institutes.
Discussions focused on the views of Allied states, particularly from Central and Eastern Europe, regarding NATO's future role in Europe and beyond. A number of speakers addressed the issue of finding the right balance between territorial defence and out of area missions as well as between NATO's commitment to Article 5 and new security challenges.
In her intervention, Secretary Albright emphasized the importance of security reassurance to member states as well as the need to work on better relations with the Russian Federation. "There is no question that an important concept is reassurance, that Article 5 is central to the NATO Alliance, and at the same time it is very important to also reset our relations with Russia," Albright said.