#FutureNATO Twitter Debate on Reassurance and Collective Defense

What should NATO do about its eastern border? Would a permanent stationing of troops on the border with Russia reassure states in Eastern Europe or will this cause tensions to flare further? And what do you think of the recommendations of the recent UK Defence Select Committee Report about the future of NATO? 

Join us to debate these topics this Thursday, 7 August at 10am EST/3pm BST/4pm CEST. In addition to the NATO Emerging Leaders Working Group (@FutureNATO), and Chatham House, we will be joined by Keir Giles, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and Edward Lucas of the Economist, as well as a range of other experts and enthusiasts of the Transatlantic alliance. 
Use #FutureNATO to follow the debate and share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

The recommendations of the Defence Select Committee Report include:
  • Significant improvements to NATO's rapid reaction force;
  • The pre-positioning of equipment in the Baltic States;
  • A continuous (if not technically 'permanent') presence of NATO troops, on training and exercise in the Baltic;
  • The re-establishment of large-scale military exercises including representatives from all NATO Member States that include military and political decision-makers;
  • The establishment of headquarters structures, at divisional and corps level, to focus on Eastern Europe and the Baltic;
  • Consideration of the re-establishment of a NATO standing reserve force along the lines of the Allied Command Europe Mobile Force-Land;
  • Re-examination of the criteria, doctrine and responses to calls under Article 4 for 'collective security' support against asymmetric attacks, especially, but not limited to, cyber attacks where attribution is difficult;
  • How it will deter asymmetric threats and how Article 5 might be used in cases of asymmetric attack; and
  • An Alliance doctrine for "ambiguous warfare" and investment in an Alliance asymmetric or "ambiguous warfare" capability.

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