Charting NATO's Future

  • The Visegrad Group: Anchoring the NATO Alliance?

    On May 10, 2016 the Atlantic Council partnered with the Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture to host a roundtable discussion on The Visegrad Group: Anchoring the NATO Alliance?

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  • Elements of NATO Deterrence

    On April 25, 2016 the Atlantic Council led a private workshop on Elements of NATO Deterrence in Warsaw, Poland. The event convened US and European policymakers, scholars, and business leaders for a high-level discussion on the challenges facing NATO on its eastern and southern flanks in the run-up to the seminal NATO Warsaw Summit and beyond. The discussion focused on developing actionable policy proposals for the United States, European countries, and other actors in the region to bolster military strength against long-term security threats.
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  • NATO’s Regional Security Posture

    On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted a private strategy session on NATO’s Regional Security Posture featuring Danish Chief of Defense General Peter Bartram. With its ability to sustain high operational tempo, Denmark is one of the United States’ staunchest allies, and in many ways, the model NATO ally. Yet Denmark, as with nearly all of its European allies, faces defense spending constraints that will impact its future military forces. Developing ways to overcome this challenge in the midst of the new threat landscape in Europe will be critical to sustain transatlantic security. General Bartram addressed these and other issues with a group of leading experts while at the Council.

    General Bartram was appointed Chief of Defense in March 2012, culminating a decorated career in the Danish military that included command postings in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Defense Command Denmark, and NATO Allied Command Transformation in Virginia.

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  • NATO: Projecting Stability in an Age of Instability

    On April 6, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a special event with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss NATO’s strategy for south and preview the agenda for the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit in July. Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed the broad range of urgent and complex challenges facing the Alliance, outlining several bold and innovative steps NATO must take to respond to the rapidly evolving transatlantic security environment.

    Stoltenberg was appointed Secretary General of NATO in 2014. Throughout his career, he served twice as Prime Minister of Norway, and has held a number of international assignments, including Chair of the UN High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, Chair of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.

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  • Alliance At Risk Report Quoted by Financial Times on Poland's View of NATO


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  • NATO's New Strategy: Stability Generation

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    The new threat landscape the transatlantic community faces means that NATO must adapt its strategy to remain relevant. While many transatlantic policymakers and thought leaders have called for a new strategy for NATO, few have outlined what that strategy should actually entail. This report proposes that NATO adopt a new strategy called "Stability Generation," built on the concept of ensuring stability in the NATO region and reducing the threat of significant conflicts in NATO's neighborhood.

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  • Nordenman: The Changing Global Maritime Domain and What It Means For NATO

    Brent Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Magnus Nordenman writes for Atlantic Voices on the changing dynamics of the maritime domain: 

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  • Nordenman: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

    Brent Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Magnus Nordenman writes for US Naval Institute News on NATO's maritime role in light of threats posed by Russia and ISIS:

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  • The Naval Alliance: Preparing NATO for a Maritime Century

    For more than a decade, NATO has been engaged in expeditionary ground-centric operations that have shaped the strategic thinking, capabilities, and planning of the Alliance and its members. But moving forward, NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain as it relates to transatlantic security and interests, as well as NATO operations. The maritime domain is increasingly competitive and contested, and the return of geopolitical competition has important maritime dimensions. Russian aggression to the east and Mediterranean turbulence to the south present unique maritime challenges for European security.

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