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01/2017 - NATO-EU Cooperation

At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016, NATO and the EU outlined areas for strengthened cooperation in light of common challenges to the East and South, including countering hybrid threats, enhancing resilience, defence capacity building, cyber defence, maritime security, and joint exercises. What will NATO-EU cooperation look like in 2017?

02/2017 - Collective Defence: Solidarity Within the Alliance

Article 5 is the backbone of NATO. In a time of (potential) threats coming from different directions, how to Ensure solidarity within NATO? Adding to the urgency of finding common approaches is a phenomenon that is spreading throughout the member states, namely the rise of populism and nationalism. So far, anti-establishment rhetoric within Europe has mostly been directed at the EU, but as it challenges the premises of the post-1945 values-based international liberal order, it can also pose a threat to NATO. 

03/2017 - Defence and Deterrence: The Proliferation of A2/AD Capabilities

Russia has altered the security balance in the Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East by establishing large anti-acces/area denial (A2/AD) exclusion zones. The Baltic States, much of Ukraine and the Black Sea, northern Poland, Syria and parts of Turkey fall under Russian A2/AD bubbles created by S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. China, too, is enhancing its A2/AD capabilities and combines this with a more aggressive posture in the region. How to deal with (potential) adversaries that become increasingly more capable of A2/AD towards NATO forces?

04/2017 - NATO's (Hybrid) Crisis Management Capabilities

Crisis management is one of NATO’s core tasks. A crisis can be political, military or humanitarian and can also arise from a natural disaster or as a consequence of technological disruptions (including cyber attacks). This diversity in potential causes of crises calls for a high level of readiness and resilience and requires an “integrated” – whole of governement and whole of society – approach. What are NATO’s (hybrid) crisis management capabilities? Under what circumstances would NATO act in this field?

05/2017 - President Trump's First 100 Days

During his campaign, Donald Trump openly questioned the usefulness of the Alliance, in addition to speaking friendly about Vladimir Putin. This alarmed some of his NATO partners, especially those in (Eastern) Europe. What kind of foreign and defence policy can they expect from the new U.S. President? 100 Days after his inauguration, what can be said about President Trump’s policies in these fields? And how do they affect the Transatlantic relationship?

06/2017 - NATO's Brussels Summit 2017

In May of 2017, the Alliance’s heads of state will gather in Brussels for the NATO Summit 2017. What progress has been made since the Summits in Wales (2014) and Warsaw (2016)? What are the results of the Brussels Summit 2017?

07/2017 - NATO and China: Partners or Frenemies?

The relationship between NATO and China is complicated, due to the Cold War past and different outlooks on the international world order. China’s economic and military rise leads to a more assertive, if not aggressive, stance on the international level, especially in the region. This could be a recipe for conflict with NATO. Yet, there is reason for optimism, as there is certainly room for cooperation in a number of fields. Can NATO and China strengthen their relationship?

08/2017 - Maritime Security: Does NATO Need a New Alliance Maritime Strategy?

Russia, China and Japan, amongst others, are heavily investing in their navies. What is the current status of NATO’s maritime capabilities? Is there a need for a revision of the 2011 Alliance Maritime Strategy? Does it still sufficiently reflect the new security environment at sea, after NATO’s efforts in the past decade or so have been more focused on ground-centric expeditionary and crisis management operation?

09/2017 - Cyber Warfare - Challenges and Opportunities

Cyber warfare has changed the battlefield dramatically. By now, we are all aware that the cyberspace comes with a whole new range of challenges for security and defence, even if we do not fully understand the implications yet. On the other hand, there is also a positive dimension to cyber warfare. A variety of digital (big data) tools – apps – are being used by NATO armed forces.

10/2017 - Partnerships: NATO-UN Cooperation on Peace and Security

NATO and the UN are both working on international peace and security. In 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, many of which are directly or indirectly linked to the security domain. How does NATO contribute to reaching the SDG’s? In what areas do NATO and the UN cooperate and reinforce each other?

11/2017 - NATO Through the Eyes of the Secretary Generals

The Secretary General of NATO is the chairman of the North Atlantic Council, the supreme decision-making body of the Alliance, and serves as the leader of the organisation’s staff and as its chief spokesman. Yet, the decision-making powers are in the hands of the national heads of state. What influence does a Secretary General have on NATO’s policies? How has the position developed throughout history? What legacy have the past Secretary Generals left behind (challenges and achievements

12/2017 - Future Forces: NATO in 20 Years From Now

December is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year and make predictions for the next. In this issue, we go a bit further, looking at the mid- to long-term future of warfare. What will be the major security challenges in 2035 and how should NATO member states prepare for these?

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Atlantic Voices | NATO’s Special Meeting

Atlantic Voices, Volume 7, Issue 06 – June 2017 On May 25, 2017, NATO leaders gathered at the new headquarters in Brussels for a Special...

Atlantic Voices | President Trump’s First 100 Days

Atlantic Voices, Volume 7, Issue 05 – May 2017 During his campaign, Donald Trump openly questioned the usefulness of the Alliance, in addition to speaking...

Atlantic Voices | Solidarity Within the Alliance

Atlantic Voices, Volume 7, Issue 02 – February 2017 Article 5 is the backbone of NATO. In a time of (potential) threats coming from different directions, how to...

Atlantic Voices | NATO-EU Cooperation

Atlantic Voices, Volume 7, Issue 01 – January 2017 At the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016, NATO and the EU issued a Joint Declaration which outlined...

Atlantic Voices | Implementing UNSCR 1325

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 12 – December 2016 16 years ago, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted, acknowledging the important role of...

Atlantic Voices | Yemen: A Regional Problem With International Consequences

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 11 – November 2016 One of the Arab world’s poorest nations, Yemen has been torn apart by a civil war since...

Atlantic Voices | Partners Across the Globe: Stretching the Transatlantic Bond

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 10 – October 2016 Since its creation, NATO has tremendously changed. Starting from an Alliance that connected Western Europe with...

Atlantic Voices | Focus on the Mediterranean: Threats to the Southern Flank

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 9 – September 2016 The volatility of some of NATO’s closer neighbors has increasingly been having security implications for the Alliance. ...

Atlantic Voices | The Warsaw Summit

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 8 – August 2016 Two years ago, the Wales Summit marked a historic turn for NATO as the Alliance was forced...

Atlantic Voices | NATO & the South Caucasus

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 7 – July 2016 Located at the crossroad between Europe , Russia and the Middle East, and in between the...


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