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NATO 20/2020: Twenty bold ideas to reimagine the Alliance after the 2020 US election

More than two decades after NATO’s inspired decision to invite former adversaries to join its ranks, the Alliance is in need of equally captivating ideas.

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NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Moving out: Military mobility in Europe


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Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Reimagine the Washington Treaty: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Reexamining NATO’s founding charter can be an exercise in creating an Alliance fit for a new geopolitical era.

NATO 20/2020 by Damon Wilson and Will O'Brien

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Christopher Preble on War on the Rocks: Should Europe defend itself?

On February 18, Christopher Preble and co-hosts Melanie Marlowe (CSIS) and Zack Cooper (AEI) waded into the long-running debate on European defense in the War on the Rocks Net Assessment podcast, entitled “Should Europe Defend Itself?”. Some doubt that Europe will ever be able to stand on its own without substantial support from the United […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

English NATO

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Disband the NATO Response Force: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Replacing the NRF with a plug-and-play interoperability model increases the chance that NATO will employ its high-readiness forces.

NATO 20/2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Crisis Management Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Why is Ukraine still not in NATO?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said recently that he'd like to ask US President Joe Biden, "Why is Ukraine still not in NATO?" Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba agrees that this question has never been more pertinent.

UkraineAlert by Dmytro Kuleba

Conflict NATO

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

The North Atlantic community renewed: Challenges, trends, and solutions

With 900 million people and $1 trillion in defense spending, the United States and Europe represent by far the largest, oldest, and most capable economic and security community in the world.

Issue Brief by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Supersize cyber: NATO 20/2020 podcast

NATO should adopt a digital .2 percent policy whereby member states commit to spend .2 percent of their gross domestic product on cybersecurity and digital defense modernization.

NATO 20/2020 by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Nawaz quoted in VOA on NATO forces delaying Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Central Asia

Wed, Feb 3, 2021

Open a bank: NATO 20/2020 podcast

NATO can fund critical defense investments by bringing the necessary financial tools in house.

NATO 20/2020 by Transatlantic Security Initative

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Feb 1, 2021

Brzezinski in Foreign Policy Research Institute: How NATO manages the “bear” and the “dragon”

Ian Brzezinski interviewed in the Foreign Policy Research Institute's quarterly journal on how the NATO Alliance can balance competition with China and Russia.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Ian Brzezinski

China Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Christen a carrier strike group: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Using the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales as its backbone, a NATO carrier strike group is an opportunity for high-end interoperability under European leadership.

NATO 20/2020 by Michael John Williams

Europe & Eurasia Maritime Security