A World Without NATO?

August 29, 2018 – Fifteen years ago, when the Iraq war divided the NATO Allies and some even talked of the end of the Atlantic Alliance, veteran journalist Jim Hoagland remained calm. Predictions about the imminent demise of NATO had been around for ages, he said during a brainstorm with NATO ambassadors. And, with a wink, he even put some of the blame on fellow journalists: “Whenever we at the Washington Post have a slow news day, we publish a ‘Whither NATO?’ piece.” Hoagland’s serenity proved justified: the transatlantic relationship…

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EU Information Sharing With NATO

The EU Communications and Information Systems Support to Maritime Operations (CISSMO) workshop was held recently in the EU NAVFOR OHQ in Northwood, London. The workshop, which took place 20-22 February, was a 2 yearly update of EU CIS doctrine hosted by the staff of EU NAVFOR Somalia. Key CIS representatives from across the EU attended, from EU Naval Operations such as Operation Atalanta and Sophia, to member state maritime HQs including Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the UK. Focus was placed on improving interoperability and the exchange…

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