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Ten years ago, NATO launched both the Partnership for Peace and the Mediterranean Dialogue. This issue of NATO Review, entitled Taking NATO's partnerships forward, examines the track records of both groundbreaking initiatives and considers how they might be enhanced in response to changes in the security environment. In the first of four articles devoted to this theme, Robert Weaver of NATO's Political Affairs and Security Policy Division examines the evolution of the Partnership for Peace and explores its prospects. Susan Pond, also of NATO's Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, explains the nuts and bolts that together make up the Partnership for Peace. Chris Donnelly of the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, England, examines how NATO's experience with the Partnership for Peace might help build a comparable programme in the Greater Middle East. And Mohamed Kadry Said of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo, Egypt, offers a Southern assessment of the Mediterranean Dialogue. A bibliography prepared by the NATO library lists books and articles on the Partnership for Peace that have been published in English and French.

In the debate, Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington DC and Peter Rudolf of the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik discuss whether the Middle East should be NATO's new central front. In the interview, Swedish Brigadier-General Anders Brännström, the only Partner officer currently commanding a sector in a NATO-led operation, talks of the challenges of peacekeeping in Kosovo and working together with the Alliance. Barry Adams, an American Councils for International Education advanced research fellow, reviews two recent books on NATO enlargement. Albanian President Alfred Moisiu examines his country's relationship with NATO and its aspirations for eventual Alliance membership. Supreme Allied Commander General James L. Jones examines how the Alliance has reformed its military structures since the Prague Summit and the development of the NATO Response Force. Statistics on defence spending and military personnel round out the issue.

Christopher Bennett