Launching a New NATO - EU Relationship
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The November summit provides an opportunity to reverse this course. Alliance leaders should launch a major effort to reshape nato’s relations with the European Union. At Riga, the Alliance should commission a Special Report by a select group of independent leaders and experts to identify the best way forward for NATO in building this partnership. This will require the group to address the key questions of NATO’s purpose and scope, including its geographical range and the nature of its future tasks. As with the Harmel report almost forty years ago, this study would come at a time of considerable uncertainty about the future of the Alliance. By outlining a consensus on NATO – EU relations, the report would reduce a major element of that uncertainty, allowing the NATO nations to focus on the serious tasks facing the alliance today.