Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Rethink and replace 2%: NATO 20/2020 podcast

NATO 20/2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

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US President Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the London Leaders’ Meeting in December 2019. (Source: White House Flickr)

NATO’s two percent metric is reductive and politically fraught but offers lessons for better ways to measure burden sharing.

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About this episode

In the very first episode of the NATO 20/2020 podcast, freelance journalist in Brussels, Teri Schultz, had a discussion with her guests Derek Chollet, Steven Keil, and Chris Skaluba, about their recommendation that NATO rethink and replace its 2% of GDP defense spending guideline.

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Key takeaways

You will discover what this metric is, reasons to rethink and replace it, and how it’s measured, all in this episode. This is a must watch for NATO nerds and those who know nothing about 2% alike. In this episode, we learn:

  • The background on the 2% pledge that was made at the Wales NATO Summit of 2014, where countries pledged to someday spend 2% of their GDP on their own militaries.
  • Why it’s time to drop the 2%, why it hasn’t worked, its shortcomings, and our suggested way forward.
  • Reasons why countries spending 2% of their GDP on militaries was an imperfect metric to use and what responsible Alliance partnership looks like.
  • How the US measures its defense spending versus how other countries do this based on what each needs to defend.
  • Why the 2% is measurement by inputs, as well as recommendations to measure by inputs and outputs.

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Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Rethink and replace two percent

NATO’s two percent metric is reductive and politically fraught but offers lessons for better ways to measure burden sharing.

NATO 20/2020 by Derek Chollet, Steven Keil, and Christopher Skaluba

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

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