Is NATO Set to Go on Standby?

In the most recent Transatlantic Security Initiative issue brief, entitled “Is NATO Set to Go on Standby?” Research Director at the NATO Defense College Karl-Heinz Kamp asks whether NATO will maintain strategic relevance after withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014.The author argues that when NATO withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014, it has the opportunity to focus once again on its core competences: protecting the Euro-Atlantic security space by political means, deterrence, and collective defense.

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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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