Updated: 10-Apr-2002 NATO Review

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The Atlantic Alliance in the new era
Manfred Wörner, NATO Secretary General and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council

In the life of every institution there are certain key dates that mark the end of one particular phase of development and the initiation of new directions and tasks. Observers of Alliance affairs have traditionally pointed to 1956 as one such key date because in that year the Report of the Three Wise Men considerably expanded the importance and scope of Alliance political consultations.


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The European security architecture
Transatlantic links remain indispensable

Professor Joao de Deus Pinheiro,
Minister of foreign

The year 1990, among the many changes which it brought to world politics, marked the beginning of a decisive phase in the process of European unification. Two intra-governmental conferences have started within the framework of the European Community to prepare the way both for economic and monetary union and for political union. The debate concerning the feasibility and parameters of a future common foreign and security policy of the Twelve of the EC has been particularly heated, thus demonstrating the importance and sensitivity of the subject.


The negotiations on Confidence- and
Security-Building Measures
The Vienna agreement and beyond

Bruce George, MP United Kingdom

Long before last November's Charter of Paris for a New Europe established the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Committee of Senior Officials, and the Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC), security deliberations among all CSCE participating states had been institutionalized in the negotiations on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBMs).


Security and energy in the post-crisis period
Jean-Claude Renaud, The Secretary General's Special Adviser for Economic Policy Affairs

When discussing the Iraqi situation, politicians sometimes refer to what they are already calling the post-crisis', this does not, of course, imply that they regard the crisis as resolved, but signifies their intention to create future conditions which will preclude the recurrence of any similar ordeal. Topics relating to this post-crisis include Iraq's future role in the region, the fate of the Palestinians, the Lebanon problem, relations between the West and the Arabs and so forth.


The European air traffic crisis NATO's search for civil and military cooperation
Leif Klette of NATO's Executive Secretariat and Chairman of the Committee for European Coordination

Once the effect of the Gulf conflict on the airline industry is over, air traffic congestion and delays in Europe, which had assumed crises proportions during the last few years, triggered off by an explosive increase in civilian air traffic, can be expected to reoccur. Yet the finite European airspace also has to accommodate allied air forces which must retain maximum freedom of operation. These potentially conflicting demands can only be harmonized by careful civil/military coordination.

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