Table of Contents

No. 3 - Autumn 1998
Volume 46

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Focus on NATO

  1. NATO/Partnership for Peace Cell in Albania

  2. New NATO Information Officer in Kyiv - NATO Centre celebrates first anniversary

  3. Moscow Workshop commemorates first anniversary of NATO-Russia Founding Act

Documentation supplement

  1. Foreign Ministers meet in Luxembourg, 28-29 May 1998

  2. Defence Ministers meet in Brussels, 11-12 June 1998

  3. Other Council Statements


A year of solid achievements for NATO's partnerships
Letter from the Secretary General


A year after Sintra:
Achieving cooperative security through the EAPC and PfP

Sergio Balanzino
Since the launch of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and enhanced Partnership for Peace in Sintra last year, the scope and depth of partnership activities have increased considerably, explains Ambassador Balanzino. Some of the more prominent achievements in this regard include expanded partner involvement in decision-making and organisation of partnership activities, the establishment of posts in Alliance military structures for partners, crisis management activities and consultations, and the founding of a joint disaster response capability. On the basis of these two partnership structures, the Euro-Atlantic community is building a common security culture, strengthening stability and preserving peace for all.


Ukraine's contribution to security and stability in Europe
Volodymyr Horbulin
Since independence at the end of 1991, Ukraine has not only pursued the goal of integration into European and transatlantic institutions, but has sought to make a useful contribution to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. This, according to Secretary Horbulin, has entailed political and economic reform at home, participation in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions abroad, as well as setting an unprecedented example for the world in giving up nuclear arms. While Ukraine recognises that there is still a long road ahead and much work to be done, it has positioned itself as a key actor in the emerging European security architecture, helping to maintain security and stability in Europe.


Ukraine-NATO cooperation
in civil emergency planning

Valentin Kalchenko
A major step forward in Ukraine-NATO cooperation was taken when the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership was signed in Madrid in July 1997. In implementing the Charter, Ukraine is seeking to maximise its utility and civil emergency planning is one of the more concrete areas of cooperation with NATO. In this article, Mr. Kalchenko presents the milestones in Ukraine-NATO cooperation in this field and the importance it holds for Ukraine.


The NATO-Russia relationship
a year after Paris

Klaus-Peter Klaiber
Since last year's signing of the Founding Act and creation of the Permanent Joint Council, the NATO-Russia relationship has been raised to a qualitatively new level. Through regular working relations in the PJC, NATO and Russia exchange views and consult on Euro-Atlantic security issues of mutual concern. This political consultation is complemented by military to military ties, including through joint participation in the SFOR mission in Bosnia and peacekeeping exercises. Ambassador Klaiber argues that, through these cooperative mechanisms, we are heading in the right direction, towards a future of shared security and stability in Europe.


Getting on board the moving train of NATO
Andrs Simonyi
As the ratification process nears completion in the 16 NATO member states and the three invitees, Hungary, along with the Czech Republic and Poland, is stepping up its final preparations for accession to the Alliance. Ambassador Simonyi offers his impressions from the vantage point of the "special status" enjoyed by Hungary and the two other invitee nations as they ready themselves for Alliance membership - a process he likens to clambering aboard a moving train.


A Euro-Atlantic disaster response capability
Francesco Palmeri
A true "Copernican revolution" in the Alliance lies behind the establishment of the new Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre in Brussels last June, according to Dr. Palmeri. This new capability, built on almost 50 years of experience in allied civil emergency planning and a well-established programme of cooperation with non-NATO partners in this field, exemplifies the far-reaching changes underway in the Alliance. This innovative development, which enhances the international community's capacity to respond to disasters of great magnitude, illustrates the shifting emphasis at NATO towards non-military aspects of security.


PfP crisis management activities:
Enhancing capabilities and cooperation

John Kriendler
The increase in partner participation in NATO crisis management activities is a reflection of both the emphasis on crisis management in the Alliance and the enhancement of partnership activities with non-NATO countries. One example of this was the CMX 98 exercise which, according to the author, took partner involvement in crisis management activities a giant step forward. The improvements to both capabilities and cooperation resulting from these activites are of benefit to the Alliance and partners alike.


Force planning in the new NATO
Frank Boland
As the Alliance has adapted to meet the new demands of European security, so has force planning adapted to the requirements of NATO's new missions. As the author explains, this includes developing capabilities for peacekeeping, supporting possible WEU requirements, preparing invitee nations for NATO membership as well as providing a means for assessing non-member partner capabilities and encouraging interoperability of partner forces with allies. Thus, force planning, which ensures that the best use is made of our defence resources, provides both the conceptual and practical tools the Alliance needs to meet the security challenges of the future.

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