NATO 2022

Strategic

Concept

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 NATO will carry out to address them.

What is

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.

Politically, the Strategic Concept occupies a place second only to the Washington Treaty, which forms the basis of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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 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.

At the Brussels Summit in June 2021, NATO Leaders agreed to develop the next Strategic Concept in time for the Madrid Summit in June 2022.

Visit the Strategic Concepts webpage for more background information.

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

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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 has initiated a phase of consultations that is both internal and external.

Internal consultations are being conducted with Allies on NATO’s evolving strategic environment, approach and priorities. Four seminars are being organised in Allied capitals to bring together NATO leadership, officials and expert communities.

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.

How will the new

STRATEGIC CONCEPT BE CREATED?

NATO 2030:

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. Visit the NATO 2030 website to find out more.

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.

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