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Reviewing Riga
This post-Riga Summit online edition examines some of the major issues discussed by Allied leaders during their meeting in the Latvian capital on 28 and 29 November.
General David Richards reflects on his time as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Paul Savereux examines a keystone document recently made public. Amid the Riga Summit fanfare came the news that NATO Heads of State and Government had endorsed a document entitled “Comprehensive Political Guidance” and had agreed to make it public.
Fritz Rademacher explores possibilities for NATO to share its expertise with Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative countries.
Friedrich Steinhäusler describes the asymmetric threats that face the transatlantic community and NATO's efforts to confront them.
As Chairman of the Military Committee, Canadian Forces General Ray Henault provides military advice to the North Atlantic Council on behalf of the NATO Chiefs of Defence Staff and oversees the military implementation of decisions made by the Council, the Alliance’s highest decision-making body.
Should NATO play a major role in energy security? Gal Luft vs. Christophe Paillard
Michael O'Hanlon considers how strengthened Allied cooperation could enhance homeland security on both sides of the Atlantic
Lawrence S. Kaplan explores the document's origins, impact and long-term significance.
Jonathan Parish invites us into NATO's kitchen, where he shares his recipes for preparing declarations, communiqués and other rhetorical hors d'oeuvres.
Christopher Bennett reviews four recent publications on NATO

This post-Riga Summit online edition examines some of the major issues discussed by Allied leaders during their meeting in the Latvian capital on 28 and 29 November.

This post-Riga Summit online edition examines some of the major issues discussed by Allied leaders during their meeting in the Latvian capital on 28 and 29 November. At the top of the Summit agenda was Afghanistan. The commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) between May 2006 and February 2007, General David Richards, looks at the Alliance’s achievements in Afghanistan over the last year. Paul Savereux, a defence policy officer in NATO's Defence Policy and Planning Division, gives a primer on the Comprehensive Political Guidance published by NATO leaders at Riga. Fritz Rademacher of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies explains the Training Cooperation Initiative launched by the Riga Summit.

The threat of terrorism was very much on the minds of Allied leaders meeting in Riga. Friedrich Steinhäusler of the University of Salzburg makes recommendations of how Allies should counter the terrorist threats they face.

In the interview, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Gen. Ray Henault, discusses the military follow-up to the Riga Summit. Gal Luft of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and Christophe Paillard of the French Ministry of Defence debate whether NATO should play a major role in energy security. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution proposes a transatlantic homeland security.

Lawrence S. Kaplan of Kent State and Georgetown universities looks at the Harmel Report forty years on. Jonathan Parish of NATO’s Policy Planning Unit sends a dispatch from Riga on the art of communiqué writing. Chris Bennett, communications director of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, keeps in touch with NATO during his leave of absence by reviewing four books on the Alliance.

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