Global trends and the future of NATO: alliance security in an era of global competition

The latest issue brief by Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council VP and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and Magnus Nordenman, Brent Scowcroft Center deputy director, argues that global shifts in economic and military power, demographics, resource demand, and other critical megatrends will require NATO to overhaul its long-term strategy for the future. NATO must navigate this crucial period by fundamentally reconsidering its place in the global landscape as well as its future roles, missions, and functions. The world is changing rapidly, and if NATO does not adapt with foresight for this new era, then it will very likely disintegrate.

This issue brief is part of the Atlantic Council’s NATO in an Era of Global Competition project, an eighteen-month effort undertaken in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies to develop fresh ideas and engaging concepts to strengthen transatlantic security cooperation in the new global security environment.

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