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December 7, 2012 | Strengthening "Defense Europe" within NATO

NATO has to remain a special instrument of the trans-Atlantic relationship. ++ The return of France to integrated command, however, must not affect the independence of its foreign policy. ++ Events like the Libya crisis have …More

June 14, 2012 | NATO Transformation and Centers of Excellence

Sean Lobo: This thesis seeks to identify and map out different institutional logics of what is perceived as appropriate by key personnel affiliated with the Centers of Excellence concept, and to analyze the concept’s roles and rationale, especially with regard to the overall transformation of NATO. …More

April 6, 2012 | Is the Age of the Underdogs Here?

Franco Pedroni: Civil society has long been or co-opted and appeased through the use of economic means. However, those means mean less today and global interconnectedness is higher than ever before. Are we seeing the emergence of the Underdogs as new global players? And where will the State-centric system end? …More

February 7, 2012 | Europe Without Defense

NATO’s operation in Libya has revealed significant deficiencies in European defense. It is not only that Europe’s defense capability is chronically underdeveloped and the USA’s support is dwindling. The resources that would allow European states to deal …More

January 18, 2012 | A NATO Checklist for 2012

Tomas Teleky: As the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago approaches, NATO has a full current agenda that includes both tackling new threats and learning from its recent major operations. Ten years after its mission in Afghanistan began, NATO must apply the experience to its newest initiatives and use its lessons to inform the Alliance’s current priorities. …More

January 11, 2012 | New Zealand's Role in the New World Order

America’s new focus on Asia means that New Zealand now has a place in US thinking ++ Afghanistan allowed NZ to build a valuable partnership with US, but NZ must now avoid the impression of being part of a US led coalition against …More

October 24, 2011 | Rumors of NATO's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Jason Naselli: Arguments that NATO is outdated or reaching its end are flawed because they incorrectly view it as a conventional military alliance, say a number of new books. Recent scholarship instead has looked at NATO as an international institution, and predicts a much brighter future. …More

September 16, 2011 | NATO Partnerships: Shaking Hands or Shaking the System

Vivien Pertusot: Are NATO’s partnerships simply a form of public diplomacy intended to improve the Alliance’s image, or are they projects with real strategic potential? NATO now faces three choices: continue with business as usual, allow the partnerships to die, or invigorate them with renewed commitment. …More

August 19, 2011 | Britain is a "Lost Ally" for the US

The “special relationship” between the UK and US has become “a rather pathetic British conceit”. ++ In light of severe defense cuts that will see tanks and artillery cut by 40 percent, Britain no longer has the …More

August 2, 2011 | Nixon and European Security, 1969-1971

Andrew Haworth: This thesis argues that the Nixon administration between 1969 and 1971 used delay tactics at home and abroad to satisfy its aim of postponing the Conference on European Security (CSCE) and Mutual Balance Force Reductions (MBFR). …More

July 7, 2011 | Special Forces - Strategic Asset

Simon James Anglim: The study of Special Forces has largely been neglected in academic literature, but they remain among the most effective military tools available. Modern armies should continue investing in Special Forces to carry out tactical missions that conventional military units are ill-suited to perform. …More

June 8, 2011 | Russia: no Need for 'Star Wars'

Drawing from the results of Lisbon summit, Russia’s cooperation with NATO on missile defense has to be based on equal participation and common pan-European security. ++ This initiative is perceived by the Kremlin as a step towards …More

June 3, 2011 | NATO's Operation in Libya Must be Continued

The failure of peace negotiations led by the South African president with Colonel Gaddafi coupled with regime’s further international isolation and the success of Libyan opposition give more credits to NATO’s military …More

May 30, 2011 | Women: The Key to Conflict Resolution

Memo 32: NATO member states must integrate a gender perspective in agreements which establish the foundations for stable peace, as envisaged in UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. …More

March 29, 2011 | NATO Change to Address Climate Change

Roni Kay Marie O'Dell: NATO must be concerned with current and future adverse effects of climate change as a major unconventional security threat. In order to address the threat, NATO’s interests and identity must shift in three key areas: client focus, core mission, and strategies and activities. …More

March 28, 2011 | Implementing the NATO Strategic Concept

Karolina MacLachlan: Rather than resting on laurels after adopting its 2010 Security Concept, NATO now needs to turn to how to best implement it. In the field of crisis management, the creation of a civilian interface capability deserves specific attention when putting the concept into action. …More

November 23, 2010 | Global Tasks and Summit Solutions

Transatlantic Relations formed the center of discussion at the recent annual summits of NATO, the United States and the European Union in Lisbon. ++ NATO set out a clear future plan for itself in Afghanistan and endorsed an improved …More

November 22, 2010 | NATO, Karzai and the Relics of Kabul

The US imprimatur on the NATO-Afghan declaration for transferring security responsibility to the government in Kabul by the end of 2014, and its resoluteness to weaken the Taliban is obvious. ++ Therefore, the period between now and July …More

September 27, 2010 | A New Strategic Policy for an Alliance in Transition

Memo 25: Focusing on the core mission, strengthening global partnerships, and launching broad public diplomacy initiatives are’s top three recommendations for NATO’s new Strategic Concept. …More

September 12, 2010 | NATO for the Next Decade

Editorial Team: 17 members of participated in a Skype Strategy Session to debate each others’ recommendations for NATO’s New Strategic Concept. A consensus has begun to form around three key issues, which will be featured in the next Atlantic Memo. But there is more work to be done. Please contribute to the working draft! …More

September 3, 2010 | European Stability, Not Global Power Projection

Greg Randolph Lawson: Rather than aiming to become a global constabulary force, NATO should retain its historical focus on intra-European stability and allow other regional multilateral institutions to take on their own roles in their own neighborhoods. …More

September 2, 2010 | The Strategic Triangle's Crisis Management

C. Mazzucelli & O. Dursun-Özkanca: The new Strategic Concept should emphasize the Alliance’s role in crisis management, as the floods in Pakistan have demonstrated that NATO’s response is inadequate. The US, Turkey, and France, which make up NATO’s Strategic Triangle, must take the lead in shaping the Alliance’s emergency relief strategy. …More

August 31, 2010 | Global Partnership Council for a Global Vision

Felix F. Seidler: Challenges in today’s security environment do not limit themselves to the North Atlantic region. NATO’s new Strategic Concept must strengthen the mechanisms for formering global partnerships. A global partnership council should be created to increase global cooperation in Alliance activities. …More

August 31, 2010 | Partnership 2.0: Toward a More Open Security Concept

Walter L. Christman: NATO’s new Strategic Concept risks “pouring new wine into old wineskins” if it updates the concept of Partnership without reinvigorating the tools to accompany it. Several approaches developed together with the 1999 Strategic Concept should be revitalized for more global application. …More

August 31, 2010 | Public Diplomacy in the Greater Middle East

Walter L. Christman: In the specific context of the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, NATO’s new Strategic Concept should focus on the role that the Alliance plays in the Greater Middle East. A multilateral policy approach and a revitalized public diplomacy campaign are required in order to overcome current obstacles to cooperation in this region. …More

August 31, 2010 | Cohesion and Clarity should be NATO's priorities

Luca Ratti: NATO’s planners should focus upon retaining cohesion among Cold War and post-Cold War members, as well as designing effective solutions to engage new partners, old enemies, and emerging powers. The Strategic Concept must prioritize cohesion and clarity, rather than spelling out new threats facing the Alliance. …More

August 31, 2010 | Five Strategic Challenges for NATO

Youth Atlantic Treaty Association: NATO’s new Strategic Concept must concentrate on improving relations with rising world powers, developing new policies for interorganizational cooperation and out-of-area engagements, securing an international missile defense system and expanding the nuclear sharing arrangement, and reforming the burden sharing concept. …More

August 31, 2010 | Closing the Capabilities Gap

Jerzy S Deren: Member states must be able to reach operational capability target goals in order for the Alliance to meet the security obligations that will be outlined in the new Strategic Concept. Standardization and interoperability are key to NATO force planning. Defense priorities must not promise more than capabilities can deliver. …More

August 30, 2010 | NATO 2020: Downsizing Instead of Reshaping

Ari Rusila: Rather than providing for collective defense, today’s Alliance is invited to join American wars. Instead of scribbling a new Strategic Concept for NATO that will preserve the dominant position of the US, it might be wiser for European states to develop a New Security Structure within the EU to replace the Cold War relic. …More

August 30, 2010 | New Secretary General Gives New Vision

Olga Kolesnichenko: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has a clear vision for transforming the organization into a modern Alliance. Though the new Strategic Concept will only be revealed in November at Lisbon, an analysis of Rasmussen’s first-year speeches provides a detailed outline of the strategies and values that will be found in the document. …More

August 29, 2010 | The Potential of the South Caucasus

Jasur Sumerinli Mammadov: NATO’s new Strategic Concept must address its relations with the South Caucasus region, which holds a place of particular geopolitical importance. A special partnership with Azerbaijan, the mediation of frozen conflicts, and a “safety zone” that deepens cooperation between NATO and non-member states are all crucial steps forward. …More

August 29, 2010 | Three Bold and Innovative Ideas for NATO

Ian Davis: NATO’s new Strategic Concept should make a political commitment to investigate allegations of WMD use by members of the Alliance, refocus the Response Force toward humanitarian missions and establish a common helicopter pool, and require parliamentary ratification by all 28 member states. …More

August 25, 2010 | Russia is the Lynchpin of NATO 2020

Daniel Nikolits: When looking at the twenty-first century’s global security challenges, there is more that unites NATO and Russia than divides them. The next Strategic Concept must aim to strengthen the partnership with Russia for the benefit of both sides. …More

August 24, 2010 | AC Policy Team: Three Goals for a Modernized Alliance

Klaus Spiessberger: NATO’s new Strategic Concept should give priority to three key areas of activity: the strengthening of public diplomacy initiatives, the further development of a modern, flexible Response Force, and the improvement in relations with Russia, with membership as a future consideration.


August 20, 2010 | Join the AC Policy Team for NATO's New Strategic Concept

Editorial Team: invites its members to take part in a collaborative project to create recommendations for NATO’s new Strategic Concept. Join the AC Policy Team and channel your ideas and creativity into our next Atlantic Memo. …More


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