NATO in an Era of Global Competition

An eighteen-month effort to examine the new set of challenges and opportunities NATO is likely to face, in order to develop relevant concepts for the alliance's core priorities after the ISAF mission in Afghanistan winds down.
  • How Ukraine Can Contribute to NATO’s Forward Defense

    NATO has decided to bolster its military operations in Central Europe to better deter and, if necessary, defend against Russian aggression. Toward that end, Alliance military authorities have been tasked to develop plans for the deployment of multinational units, possibly battalions or brigades, that will be deployed on a persistent basis along NATO’s eastern frontier. NATO heads of state are expected to approve these plans at a summit meeting in Warsaw this July.

    Ukraine should offer to contribute to this enhanced NATO presence. High-level Ukrainian national security officials have urged the international community to be bolder in its response to Russia’s provocative military actions. NATO’s July summit provides Ukraine with a significant opportunity to be consistent with its own rhetoric.

    The deployment of a battle tested, Ukrainian infantry company or larger unit to reinforce the defense of NATO territory in Central Europe would be a positive contribution to...

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  • Advice to the Next SecDef

    Step one: eliminate whole echelons of headquarters.

     

    On Thanksgiving Day here in the US, I would like to thank for their service troops all around the world, but particularly this week outgoing Defense Secretary Hagel for his. Like his two predecessors, he has had a tough time working with this White House. Each of those secretaries has also struggled with the vast bureaucracy of their own department; Robert Gates entitled that chapter of his memoirs “Waging War on the Pentagon”. So as speculation swirls about who might become secretary number four, I’ll offer this advice: plan to prosecute that war with extreme prejudice.

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  • Brzezinski on NATO's Crucial Summit

    Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski writes for CNN.com, with RAND's Stephen Larrabee, on the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales: 

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  • Transcript: NATO in an Era of Global Competition

    NATO IN AN ERA OF GLOBAL COMPETITION:
    REPORT LAUNCH CONFERENCE

    WELCOME:

    FREDERICK KEMPE,
    PRESIDENT AND CEO, ATLANTIC COUNCIL

    OPENING REMARKS: NATO IN AN ERA OF GLOBAL COMPETITION - STRATEGIC CONTEXT

    LT. GEN. BRENT SCOWCROFT, USAF (RET.), CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD, ATLANTIC COUNCIL; FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

    MODERATOR: BARRY PAVEL, VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR, BRENT SCOWCROFT CENTER ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, ATLANTIC COUNCIL

    KEYNOTE REMARKS

    H.E. INE ERIKSEN SØREIDE, MINISTER OF DEFENSE, MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY

    MODERATOR: DAMON WILSON,
    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ATLANTIC COUNCIL

    PANEL 1: THE
    ...

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  • NATO in an Era of Global Competition

    On June 25, the Atlantic Council and Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies held a capstone conference and report roll-out for the joint project: NATO in an Era of Global Competition.

    This eighteen-month effort, conducted jointly between the Atlantic Council and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, aimed to define the role of NATO and the broader transatlantic community in an era of emerging security challenges, global power shifts, and new disruptive technologies. The conference convened leaders and experts from across Europe and North America to discuss the key report findings, including defining a new strategy for NATO, the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on NATO's strategic calculus, and NATO's future role in international security after the seminal 2014 Summit in Wales this September.

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  • NATO Head Policy Planner: Multi-Polarity is Full-Blown and Demands ‘Strategic Flexibility’

    Fabrice Pothier Proposes a New Posture for NATO in an Era of Global Competition


    The arch of crisis from West Africa, through the Sahel, and across the Middle East to Central Asia is broadening and intensifying daily, according to a senior NATO official. Overlapping this arch of crisis is an arch of "unstable deterrence," as countries from the Middle East to East Asia hold weapons of mass destruction and missile technology but have no rules to manage the risks associated with such capabilities.

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  • Agenda: Nato in an Era of Global Competition

    NATO in an Era of Global Competition


    This event took place on June 25, 2014.

    This eighteen-month effort, a joint project of the Atlantic Council and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, aims to define the role of NATO and the broader transatlantic community in an era of emerging security challenges, global power shifts, and new disruptive technologies. The conference will convene leaders and experts from across Europe and North America to discuss the key report findings, including defining a new strategy for NATO, the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on NATO's strategic calculus, and NATO's future role in international security after the seminal 2014 Summit in Wales this September.

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  • Predicting the Next Crisis

    At the Atlantic Council's NATO in an Era of Global Competition conference, Jill Dougherty of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and formerly of CNN, introduced a pressing question on the forefront of transatlantic policymakers' minds: "What is the next crisis, and is NATO equipped to deal with it?" Juri Luik, Ambassador of Estonia to the Russian Federation and Robert D. Kaplan, Chief Geopolitical Analyst at Stratfor discussed how NATO should deal with the challenges that Putin is presenting, as well as their observations other potential geopolitical flashpoints the Alliance could be forced to confront in the near future.

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  • Defending the Borders: Reassurance, Dissuasion, and Collective Defense

    Leading experts on NATO's traditional tools of reassurance, dissuasion, and deterrence gathered at NATO in an Era of Global Competition to address the implications of Russia's continuing destabilization of Ukraine for European security and to assess the West's response to this crisis.

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  • Luncheon Conversation: The United States’ Future Role in European Security

    The Atlantic Council's NATO in an Era of Global Competition conference welcomed Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the US Department of Defense, for a luncheon conversation on the United States' Future Role in European Security. The conversation, moderated by the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski, began by applying President Obama's recent remarks at the United States Military Academy at West Point to the current crisis in Ukraine.

    Chollet shared the US government's current relationship and experience with Ukraine's new leadership as he discussed their current requests for support from the international community. He emphasized the current US focus on supporting Ukraine's immediate needs for additional supplies including food for deployed troops, medical kits, and body armor. Chollet argued that, once Ukraine's immediate needs are met, the United States will be able to help...

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