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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Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty at fifty: a midlife crisis

On 1 July 1968, the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, or NPT) was opened for signature. Since then, the Treaty has become a cornerstone of international efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to eventually eliminate them and to facilitate peaceful use of nuclear energy. With the adherence of 190 countries, the NPT is close to universal world participation. In 1995 the Treaty was extended indefinitely, after its initial period of 25 years. The NPT remains unique as there is no other international agreement…

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NATO Ministers Announce 1,200 More Bureaucrats

On June 8th, NATO Defence Ministers took important steps to strengthen the Alliance’s Command Structure to ensure rapid reinforcement across the Atlantic and Europe. Ministers decided to add more than 1,200 personnel to the Command Structure. The Alliance will also establish a new Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at Norfolk, Virginia (USA) and a new Enabling Command at Ulm (Germany). Ministers also endorsed a new NATO Readiness Initiative and discussed the importance of continuing to increase defence investments to make the Alliance stronger and more agile in response to…

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Defense Ministers to agree NATO Readiness Initiative

Over the next two days, NATO defense ministers will take decisions to prepare the NATO Summit in July. Today (7 June 2018), ministers are expected to agree to boost the NATO Command Structure by around 1,200 personnel. “We will also agree a NATO Readiness Initiative – the ‘Four Thirties’ – to ensure that by 2020, we have 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels, ready within 30 days or less,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers will also discuss fairer burden-sharing, as well as NATO’s efforts to…

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Upcoming NATO Exercises

The exercises are executed in three forms: a Live Exercise (LIVEX), Command Post Exercise (CPX), or an Exercise Study. A Live Exercise is an exercise in which actual forces participate. A Command Post Exercise is a headquarters exercise involving commanders and their staffs, and communications within and between participating headquarters, in which NATO and friendly forces, as well as opposing forces are simulated. An Exercise Study is an activity which may take the form of a map exercise, a war game, a series of lectures, a discussion group, or an…

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NATO Military Intelligence Committee Conference comes to a close

The NATO Military Intelligence Committee (MIC) Conference, hosted by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command in Ottawa from 22-24 May, concluded May 24th. The MIC Conference brought together the heads of military intelligence organizations from 29 NATO countries to discuss intelligence reforms aimed at improving support to Alliance planning, operations, and decision-making. The MIC is the principal advisory body to NATO’s Military Committee on defence intelligence issues. The MIC is chaired by a nation’s chief of defence intelligence on one-year rotations and co-chaired by NATO’s senior intelligence leader, the Assistant Secretary…

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NATO Chiefs of Defense inaugural meeting in new NATO HQ

The twenty-nine Allied Chiefs of Defense met in the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today (16 May 2018) to review and discuss key military deliverables ahead of the forthcoming Defence Ministerial in June and the Heads of State and Government Summit in July. Discussions focused on NATO’s Strategic Direction South, Deterrence and Defense, and Allied Modernization. Setting the scene for their deliberations, the Chiefs of Defence met with Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Mikhail Kostarakos. Following discussions on the…

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