In the occasion of the Wales Summit 2014, ATA has published a dedicated monograph where high level policy makers and experts tackle the strategic issues of the summit. This publication was distributed to all the delegations and representatives that were taking part to closed-doors discussions and parallel meetings that took place before and during the Summit.
11 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO
15 The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
17 Douglas E Lute, Permanent Representative for the United States to NATO
22 General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
25 Hon Dr Karl A Lamers MP, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association
27 Continued evolution
Simon Michell, Editor
NATO inside view
28 Tackling today’s challenges
Damon Wilson looks at ways in which NATO can adapt to the security challenges that are threatening its periphery today in order to stay relevant to the interests of its members
31 The enlargement conundrum – who’s next?
Terhi Suominen considers the potential costs and benefits of admitting aspirant members to NATO in the light of recent geopolitical developments, which have provoked fresh debate on the subject
34 Smart defence, connected forces and progressive policy
NATO’s response to the complexity of today’s security environment must involve culturally appropriate forces and look beyond military measures to social investment, says Hugh Segal
The security challenge
38 The looming threat of global instability
Jason Wiseman explores how NATO responds to political instability around the world, and how ATA fully supports its efforts by acting as a bridge between the Alliance and civil society
41 Why is the West failing in its relations with Russia?
Projecting a strong public image across the world will be crucial if NATO is to re-establish good relations with Russia, writes Solomon Passy
44 The United Kingdom and Afghanistan
As the deadline for withdrawal looms, Dennis Hartshorne analyses the United Kingdom’s objectives in Afghanistan, outlining the political and military approaches used to create stability
47 ATA’s role in the Mediterranean and Middle East
Having played a pivotal role in promoting dialogue in the Mediterranean and Middle East, ATA is set to intensify its efforts, explains Fabrizio W. Luciolli
50 Emerging security threats
The new security context, with particular regard to Russia, poses a number of short- and long-term challenges for the Alliance, explains Jamie Shea
54 Alliances and the Asian security dilemma
David Fouquet looks at NATO’s long-standing partnerships with countries throughout Asia, and the impact on these of a recent flare-up in tensions in the Asia-Pacific region Promoting NATO partnerships
57 Celebrating 20 years of the Partnership for Peace programme
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Partnership for Peace programme is still going strong, and has an expanding scope 60 Bridging the Mediterranean Sea Assessing the status of two key NATO regional partnership programmes: the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
64 Best of both worlds
How do NATO’s Response Force and the European Union Battlegroups complement one another?
NATO operations worldwide
66 Safeguarding energy supplies
NATO and its partners are working to secure the safe transit of oil and gas to Europe, and in doing so, they are countering the threat of piracy
70 Confronting terrorism
Looking at the counterterrorism role of NATO’s Military Concept for Defence Against Terrorism
73 Moving forward on Kosovo
Reviewing the progress of the Alliance’s peacekeeping operation in Kosovo and what it means for the wider western Balkans
76 NATO’s disaster response
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre plays a pivotal role in providing assistance during civil emergencies, operating all year round
Strengthening military capabilities
80 Rebalancing NATO forces
After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, what should the Alliance plan for as it contemplates its place in a dangerous 21st-century?
84 Closing the gap
Assessing NATO members’ capabilities following the launch of initiatives designed to increase European cooperation, thus reducing the reliance on US assets
88 Ramping up NATO cyber defence
Having recognised cyber as a major component of modern warfare through the adoption of a cyber defence policy, the focus is now on shared knowledge and interoperability
90 Taking the lead on cybersecurity
The United States’ cyber-protection policies offer safeguards for both business and government. What could NATO countries gain from such an approach?
92 NATO ballistic missile defence: is it achievable?
A defensive and offensive strategy, and robust situational awareness are essential for NATO to effectively respond to the growing threat from BMs
98 Upwardly mobile
NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution and HIP Helicopter Task Force are designed to plug the gaps in its airborne-transport capabilities
101 Air superiority
The Air Command and Control System initiative is a radical enhancement to NATO’s ability to safeguard European skies for many years to come
104 Alliance ISTAR
NATO’s Air Ground Surveillance programme enhances its ability to gather near real time data in order to follow events on the battlefield
111 Maritime projection
NATO members provide a suitably varied maritime capability to address the range of security threats at sea, but what ships will they need in the future?