At atlantic-community.org, we have been debating and collaborating on policy recommendations for the New Strategic Concept and its implementations for some time now. The culmination of these efforts was the publication of an Atlantic Memo entitled "A New Strategic Policy for an Alliance in Transition." This was the end result of an intensive process which concluded with a Skype conference call between 17 of our members. These efforts were warmly received by NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, Ambassador Jiřί Šedivý, whose response to our recommendations you can view here.
An important thrust behind this summit is the effort to reach out to Moscow and improve NATO-Russian cooperation. The Atlantic Initiative, publisher of atlantic-community.org, conducted a survey to dermine the opinions of Russian experts concerning current and future relations with NATO and to provide the Russian strategic community with an opportunity to make its voice heard during the process of developing a New Strategic Concept. One of the key findings was that over half of the experts believe that Russia's long term strategic interests would be best served by cooperating with NATO at the highest possible level as a primary partner. You can read the main results of this survey sponsored by NATO here in a special edition of the NATO Review.
Furthermore, we are also engaged in an ongoing Policy Workshop with German students on how to best improve relations between Russia and the West. The students have cooperated extensively, discussing each others op-eds and are currently preparing an Atlantic Memo on the subject.
Do you think NATO will succeed in revitalizing itself?
Is the Lisbon Summit going to open a new chapter in NATO-Russian relations?
Are you optimistic regarding the opportunity for improved EU-US cooperation?
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