NATO Review

    • Coronavirus, invisible threats and preparing for resilience 05 May. 2020 The corona virus pandemic is the security scenario we were least prepared for. While nation states are responsible for security, they depend highly upon civilian resources and resilient populations. This is a test for civil-military cooperation and requires a comprehensive approach.
    • Game of drones? How new technologies affect deterrence, defence and security 05 May. 2020 Exponential technological progress, especially in the digital domain, is affecting all realms of life. Emerging mainly from the commercial sector, it has led to a democratisation of technologies that could also be weaponised. Technological developments are also generating new dilemmas about their use by the military.
    • U.S. European Command remains ready and responsive during the pandemic 08 Apr. 2020 Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the USEUCOM quickly reduced the scope and size of U.S.-led multinational exercise Defender-Europe 20 to reduce risk on participating forces and local populations. It is one example of how Allies and partners are working together to adapt to this crisis, while maintaining readiness.
    • The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative at 15 16 Dec. 2019 NATO took a decisive step in building closer relations with Gulf Cooperation Council countries with the launch in 2004 of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), which has helped to foster cooperation and deepen common understanding.
    • A new era for NATO intelligence 29 Oct. 2019 As NATO faces the most complex and unpredictable security situation since the end of the Cold War, Allies are fundamentally adapting how NATO produces and delivers intelligence. Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Joint Intelligence and Security, assesses progress.
    • European security without the INF Treaty 30 Sep. 2019 Jacek Durkalec of the Center for Global Security Research assesses the implications for European security of the demise of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
    • Strengthening EU-NATO relations 16 Jul. 2019 Alex Papaioannou of NATO’s International Staff gives his perspective on the evolution of EU-NATO relations and emphasises that, since 2014, there has been a radical shift in how the institutions work together.
    • The changing shape of Arctic security 28 Jun. 2019 For more than twenty years the Far North was widely viewed as being disconnected from ‘traditional’ hard strategic concerns. But recently the question of whether the Arctic might be viewed as an arena for military competition has reappeared. Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science at The Arctic University of Norway, explains.
    • A fascinating tale about multilateral politics 14 Jun. 2019 Michael Rühle reviews the book “Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order” by Timothy Andrews Sayle, an assistant professor of history at the University of Toronto.
    • Working with partners to counter terrorism 16 May. 2019 Juliette Bird, head of NATO's Counter Terrorism section for the past eight years, emphasises that links to partners and international organisations are essential for a coherent response to terrorism.
    • Russian intelligence operations shifting tactics not goals 26 Apr. 2019 Russia’s intelligence services remain at the heart of Moscow’s wider political war against the West, intended to disrupt, distract, and demoralise. Mark Galeotti, a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, gives his expert view.
    • NATO at 70: an opportunity to recalibrate 05 Apr. 2019 At 70, NATO is facing a more diverse spectrum of threats than ever before. How can the Alliance help its member states build resilience and develop effective responses to challenges from within and without their borders? Jamie Shea shares his views.
    • Driving diversity at NATO 07 Mar. 2019 Diversity does not happen on its own. It is not just a question of having the right regulations, policy frameworks and directives in place. Champions are needed, who create a spirit of inclusion, at all levels of an organisation. NATO is on the right path, but still has work to do. Tara Nordick and Patrice Billaud-Durand of NATO’s Executive Management Division share their views.

NATO IN FOCUS

Collective defence - Article 5

The principle of collective defence is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. It remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance.

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Collective defence - Article 5
NATO’s capabilities

NATO constantly reviews and transforms its policies, capabilities and structures to ensure that it can continue to address current and future challenges to the freedom and security of its members. Presently, Allied forces are required to carry out a wide range of missions across several continents; the Alliance needs to ensure that its armed forces remain modern, deployable, and capable of sustained operations.

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NATO’s capabilities
Partnerships: projecting stability through cooperation

Many of the challenges NATO faces require cooperation with other stakeholders in the international community. Over more than 25 years, the Alliance has developed a network of partnerships with non-member countries from the Euro-Atlantic area, the Mediterranean and the Gulf region, and other partners across the globe. NATO pursues dialogue and practical cooperation with these nations on a wide range of political and security-related issues. NATO’s partnerships are beneficial to all involved and contribute to improved security for the broader international community.

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Partnerships: projecting stability through cooperation
Operations and missions: past and present

NATO is an active and leading contributor to peace and security on the international stage. It promotes democratic values and is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. However, if diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis-management operations, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organisations.

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Operations and missions: past and present