Table of Contents

No. 1 - Spring 1999
Volume 47

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  1. Ministerial meeting of the North Atlantic Council, Brussels, 8 December

  2. Statement on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brussels, 8 December

  3. Statement on Kosovo, Brussels, 8 December

  4. Statement on CFE, Brussels, 8 December

  5. Chairman's summary of the meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Brussels, 8 December

  6. Updated Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Action Plan 1998-2000

  7. Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Brussels, 9 December

  8. Statement of the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council, Brussels, 9 December

  9. Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers Session, Brussels, 17 December

  10. Defence expenditures of NATO countries (1975-1998)


The Washington Summit:
NATO steps boldly into the 21st century

Javier Solana
In April, Alliance Heads of State and Government will gather in Washington to commemorate a historic event: NATO's 50th anniversary. In the same room in which the North Atlantic treaty was signed, they will pay tribute to a most remarkable achievement: five decades of preserving peace and security in Europe. But the Summit is not only about celebrating past achievements, or renewing vows. It is also about preparing for the future. It is about ensuring that the Alliance is ready and equipped to face the security challenges of the next 50 years - many of which will be different in nature and origin than those of the past. The decisions of the Washington Summit will guide the evolution of the Alliance into the next century.


Argentina, NATO's South Atlantic partner
Jorge Domnguez
Although geographically distant from Europe, Argentina too felt the effects of the East-West conflict and now seeks to participate fully in the new post-Cold War environment of international cooperation that has replaced it. In concrete terms, this is manifest in its participation in international peacekeeping operations, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is in this respect, Mr. Domnguez argues, that there is a natural convergence of interests between Argentina and NATO; this is why, in their shared pursuit of peace and cooperative security, Argentina strives to become NATO's South Atlantic partner.


Civil-military interaction in peace operations
Dick Zandee
The international community is increasingly involved in supporting the transition from war to peace in situations of internal armed conflict. When military forces are deployed as part of the peace implementation effort, an effective interface is needed on the ground with the various civil organisations that carry out political, humanitarian and socio-economic tasks, as with NATO's Civil-Military Cooperation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The author argues, however, that a structural approach to civil-military interaction needs to be introduced at the higher political level, to help better coordinate civil-military interaction at an early phase, something that should be incorporated into the Alliance's new Strategic Concept when it is adopted at the Washington Summit in April 1999.


Fostering stability and security
in the Southern Caucasus

Pol De Witte
The Southern Caucasus, made up of the republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, is a region of growing potential and strategic importance. As part of its mission to promote stability in the entire Euro-Atlantic area, NATO has provided a number of partnership opportunities to these three countries. The objective is to help bolster regional cooperation and security, thereby assisting the countries in transforming the area's vast possibilities into reality.


NATO-Russia cooperation in air defence
Luc van der Laan
Last October, NATO and the Russian Federation began a series of practical exercises in the area of air defence, with the aim of testing the compatibility of their equipment and procedures, in the context of possible future joint peace support operations. These tests are part of a broader programme of cooperation on offer to Partnership for Peace partners in the field of air defence.

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