The NATO Heads of State and Government will gather in Lisbon on November 19 to formulate a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance. According to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the new Strategic Concept aims to define NATO as “a modernized Alliance” and a “cooperative team player in a globalized world.” In preparation for the upcoming Summit, a Group of Experts appointed by Rasmussen and chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright drafted a report entitled “NATO 2020: Assured Security; Dynamic Engagement” with its analysis and recommendations for the new Strategic Concept.
The recommendations provided by the Group of Experts give a comprehensive framework for preserving the core ideals of NATO while transforming it into a dynamic Alliance capable of confronting the unconventional and unpredictable threats that define today’s international security environment. However, policy discourse limited to an exclusive set of experts does not provide the same potential for cooperative solutions that open democratic dialogue grounded in transparent debate provides. The AC Policy Team is a response to this democratic deficit.
Your innovative policy recommendations are needed for the next Atlantic Memo: NATO 2020: A New Strategic Policy for an Alliance in Transition.
STEP 1: THE RESEARCH
Use the recommendations from the Group of Experts as a starting point to formulate your own new, bold policy ideas.
Key proposals from Group of Experts include:
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Want even more information? Read what other experts are saying about NATO’s new Strategic Concept:
- Col. Patrick T. Warren: NATO’s Strategic Concept: To Defend Everywhere Is to Defend Nowhere, The Brookings Institution, May 28, 2010
- Michael Knigge: New NATO Strategy Must Square the Circle Between Old and New Threats, Deutsche Welle, May 15, 2010
- Stephen M. Walt: Time to Get Real on NATO, Foreign Policy, March 4, 2010
- James M. Goldgeier: The Future of NATO, Council on Foreign Relations, February 2010
- Jamie Shea: What Will Be in NATO’s New Strategic Concept?, Turkish Policy Quarterly, Spring 2010
STEP 2: THE DEBATE
Submit an op-ed by Monday, August 30, or write a comment below with your concrete policy recommendations for NATO’s future. Op-eds should be between 500 and 700 words and will be featured at the top of the atlantic-community.org homepage. We are looking for provocative, new ideas that will encourage constructive debate.
Having trouble getting started? Here are some key questions to think about:
- How must NATO adapt its policies in the area of partnerships / political and organizational framework / alliance capabilities? What reforms would allow NATO to function more efficiently or effectively? What reforms would give it greater legitimacy?
- What should be the limits of NATO’s scope in the international security system?
- How should NATO engage Russia? Can existing structures of cooperation evolve, or is a new framework necessary? What are the possibilities or risks inherent in this process?
- How can NATO improve cohesion between member states?
- How could NATO improve its public image as a responsible defender of regional and international security?
STEP 3: THE EXPERTS
The AC Policy Team (that’s you!) will participate in a one-hour Skype strategy session conference call on Tuesday, August 31, at 18:00 CET (GMT+2:00) / 9:00 PT (GMT-07:00).
|Dr. Jorge Benitez
Dr. Jorge Benitez is the Director of NATOSource and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He previously served as Assistant for Alliance Issues to the Director of NATO Affairs in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense.
|Dr. Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz
Ambassador von Ploetz was a member of NATO's Group of Experts, which drafted an analysis and policy recommendations for the new Strategic Concept.
|Dr. Olaf Theiler
Dr. Theiler is a national specialist in NATO's Operations Division in the International Staff of NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. He will speak about the scope of NATO missions, partnerships, and the question of Alliance solidarity in relation to Article 5.
Members who have submitted op-eds or posted detailed comments will be given the opportunity to register for the Skype strategy session. Information regarding the conference call will be sent to registered participants via email by the Editorial Team. The audio recording of the strategy session will be posted online for access by all Atlantic Community members.
STEP 4: THE MEMO
Collaborative policy recommendations will be selected from the strategy session, your op-eds and comments, and community debate and distilled into the next Atlantic Memo: NATO 2020: A New Strategic Policy for an Alliance in Transition. The working draft will be posted online on Wednesday, September 1 for peer review.
STEP 5: THE DECISION MAKER
Following the peer review process, the final Atlantic Memo will be posted online on Friday, September 3. In addition, the memo will be sent to Ambassador Šedivý, who will provide atlantic-community.org with his reflections on your policy recommendations for NATO’s new Strategic Concept.
|Ambassador Jiřί Šedivý
NATO’s Assistant Secretary General of Defence Policy and Planning
Ambassador Šedivý is responsible for the development and delivery of NATO’s defence policy and of planning mechanisms to support national and collective defence and force planning. He is the principal adviser to the Secretary General on political-military policy and planning issues.
The Editorial Team looks forward to publishing your thoughts on this crucial debate!