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Although the Arab Spring seems to demand engagement by NATO, this should not occur unless NATO has sufficiently analyzed its involvement in Afghanistan, the demands and realities on the Arab ground, and its opportunities for support. Such an approach could result in more lasting support for NATO. ...More
Today, security for Europe is defense from international terrorism, weapons and drug traffic. Because North African states are gateways for these threats, we should push to create a sort of military alliance with North African states in order to make security more inclusive.
Isabelle Natalie Siqu Summerson:
NATO should establish an online education and skills training program aimed at young people in order to reduce inequality in regional partner countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The ability to reach young people important if we are to connect with the next generation of leaders.
Even though the title seems paradoxical, since Libya is not (yet) a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), a successful aftermath of the Operation Unified Protector is the key for the MD future. Failure in Libya would hurt NATO"s agenda in the entire region. ...More
Keri Elise Majikes:
Arguing that NATO should selflessly help the Arab world transition to democratic governments through political or military programs is not only unrealistic, it’s unsustainable. Instead of trying to encourage altruistic programs to artificially create a democratic environment, NATO should focus ...More
Wars have been fought over oil, but the path to long-term sustainable peace in new and developing democracies may be through cross-border cooperation on a different natural resource. The next big struggle could be over the most essential of things: water. ...More
Zbigniew Grzegorz Rokita:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation does not present an attractive civilisational model for the Arab public. What we mainly need to do is to let them start liking us: the only way to achieve it is to recognise their needs. In doing, we will be able to create lasting partnerships between our people. ...More
Diplomacy is the first line of defense in an interconnected world. NATO should substantially increase its diplomatic presence in Mediterranean Dialogue partner countries. The situation calls for a diplomatic presence that goes beyond what is normally required. ...More
Why doesn't NATO have a good slogan? The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy answers this and more in a final set of your questions, including answers about post-Cold War relevance and the strength of the Article 5 guarantee. ...More
Due to the finiteness of fossil fuels, the development of a low-carbon industry has become an economic necessity. A new approach to energy security that goes beyond NATO’s current "safeguard foreign energy supply" is in dire need. A focus on secure energy after "the age of oil" is therefore in. ...More