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Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Revitalize NATO’s grand strategy

Collective strategic analysis is the pathway to a more inclusive, transparent, and systematic process for creating NATO’s next strategic concept.

NATO 20/2020 by Ambassador Timo Koster and Ivanka Barzashka

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Binnendijk and Koster in Defense News: NATO needs a new core task

Hans Binnendijk and Ambassador Timo S. Koster write that NATO should adopt "conserve stability" as a fourth core task with a global focus.

In the News by Hans Binnendijk, Timo S. Koster

Americas China

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Moving out: A comprehensive assessment of European military mobility

Military mobility is the logical and critical next step to enhancing the twenty-first-century conventional deterrence posture throughout Europe, an essential part of the formula for keeping the peace.

Report by Task Force Co-Chairs: General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA (Ret.) and Ambassador Colleen B. Bell

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Ambassador Timo S. Koster is a former career diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

From 2018 to 2020, Ambassador Koster served as ambassador-at-large with a focus on security policy and cyber. From 2012 to 2018, he was director for defense policy and capabilities at NATO headquarters in Brussels. After finishing his law degree at the University of Amsterdam, Ambassador Koster joined the diplomatic academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in 1991. His first appointment was at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He returned to The Hague in 1994, where he served in several positions within the Ministry, including a stint as private secretary to the Minister for European Affairs. From 1998 to 2001 he served at the Netherlands Embassy in London as head of the Economic Department. In 2001, Ambassador Koster became acting director for European integration at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, after which he served as a project director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Koster was appointed deputy ambassador at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Athens, Greece. In 2008 he moved to Brussels where he served as defense adviser at the Netherlands Permanent Representation to NATO until 2012, when he moved to the position of director for defense policy and capabilities in the NATO International Staff. Ambassador Koster is married with two sons and two daughters.