NATO will adopt its new Strategic Concept at the 2022 Madrid Summit. It will define the security challenges facing the Alliance and outline the political and military tasks that NATO will carry out to address them.
NATO’S STRATEGIC CONCEPT?
The Strategic Concept is a key document for the Alliance. It reaffirms NATO’s values and purpose, and provides a collective assessment of the security environment. It also drives NATO’s strategic adaptation and guides its future political and military development.
The Strategic Concept is reviewed and updated regularly. Since the end of the Cold War, it has been updated approximately every 10 years to take account of changes to the global security environment and to make sure the Alliance is prepared for the future.
The world has fundamentally changed in the past decade and strategic competition is rising, so the time has come to update the Strategic Concept. The last Strategic Concept was adopted at the Lisbon Summit in 2010; the new one will build on elements of the 2010 Concept that are still relevant.
" The Madrid Strategic Concept will reflect the new security environment, recommit to our values, and reaffirm our unity, ensuring that our Alliance is fit for the future. "
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General
How will the new
STRATEGIC CONCEPT BE CREATED?
At the 2021 Brussels Summit, NATO Leaders asked Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to lead the process of developing the next Strategic Concept. The Secretary General initiated a phase of internal consultations and external engagements.
Internal consultations are being conducted with Allies on NATO’s evolving strategic environment, approach and priorities. NATO is also engaging with partners, other international organisations, and with expert communities, youth organisations, civil society and the private sector.
After this consultation phase, Allies will negotiate and agree the next Strategic Concept, with a view to Leaders endorsing it at the 2022 Madrid Summit.
23 February 2022
Stronger Together - NATO’s Partnerships
ALLIED EVENT - The Hague, The Netherlands
During the third Allied seminar on NATO’s future Strategic Concept, hosted by the Netherlands and Germany and co-sponsored by Canada, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, together with Finland and Sweden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the importance of NATO’s partnerships, especially now when we are “facing the most dangerous moment in European security for a generation.”
MAKING A STRONG ALLIANCE EVEN STRONGER
The NATO 2030 initiative is about making sure the Alliance remains ready today to face tomorrow’s challenges.
In December 2019, NATO Leaders asked Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to conduct a forward-looking reflection process to strengthen the Alliance. In June 2020, the Secretary General laid out his priorities for NATO 2030: making sure NATO remains strong militarily, becomes even stronger politically and takes a more global approach.
At the 2021 Brussels Summit, Allies agreed the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda, which included the decision to update the Strategic Concept.
NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept:
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT, MODERN DEFENCE
The last time Allied leaders adopted a Strategic Concept was at the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The current 2010 Strategic Concept paved the way for the Alliance to modernise its ability to carry out its core mission of collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security, while continuing to promote international stability. It urged Allies to invest in key capabilities to meet emerging threats, offered new opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with partner countries around the world, and successfully kept the door open to NATO membership for European democracies. The 2010 Strategic Concept has helped guide NATO through many challenges over the past decade.