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01/2016 - Montenegro in NATO: Implications for the Balkans

NATO Foreign Ministers decided on Wednesday 2 December 2015 to invite Montenegro to start accession talks to become the 29th member of the Alliance, thus realizing years of negotiation and reforms in the country. The invitation is, however, only the first step of a long process before Montenegro officially joins NATO. This issue thus aims to explore the implications of accepting Montenegro as NATO’s 29th member, both for the country as well as for the Balkans.

02/2016 - Environmental Security

Environmental degradation and global warming impact most sectors including geopolitics, migrations and above all, security. This issue thus aims at addressing the several folds comprised in environmental security, and how the changes our planet is faced with affects our activities and threatens our security. The COP21 conference in Paris in December 2015 and its implications for the activities of NATO will be explored, as well as other phenomena which derive from the degradation of environmental security, such as the rise of tensions in the Arctic and in regions subject to extreme climate conditions.

03/2016 - On the Way to Warsaw

In early July, NATO heads of state and government will reconvene in Warsaw, Poland, two years after the Wales Summit. It will be time to evaluate the efforts which have been made since July 2014, as well to take stock on which countries abided to the pledge to increase their defense spending. Since Wales, the European landscape has changed in respect to a heightened security threat on NATO’s Eastern and Southern flanks. This issue will thus explore the results which have been realized following the Wales Summit and what priorities will have to be highlighted in Poland.

04/2016 - NATO Military Exercises and the role of deterrence

Deterrence was a key principle to avoid direct confrontation during the Cold War. Today, deterrence is still very much in use and demonstration of force still prevents the recourse to arms. At the end of 2015, NATO launched its biggest military exercise since 10 years, hoping that it would push for interoperability and cooperation among NATO members as well as showcase NATO’s military strength. This issue will analyze the outcome of NATO’s recent exercises and highlight the significance that NATO’s exercises for 2016 will play.

05/2016 - Enhancing capacities, building capabilities

During the Wales Summit, NATO Heads of State and Government restated the centrality of collective defense and the relevance of the cooperative approach to security. In this framework, the security of the member countries more affected by the fallouts of the crisis in Ukraine have been strengthened, including with the set-up of the NRF “Spearhead Force” the VTJF and an effective ballistic missile defense system. New programs for partner countries have also been launched such as the Defense Capacity Building Initiative. The exercise Trident Juncture, in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, reflects NATO’s determination to successfully face the current security challenges and threats. However, the commitment of the European NATO members to meet the 2% threshold of their GDP for defense spending, even in a time of financial constraints and growing technology costs, is essential to guarantee the interoperability in crisis management operations both among Allies and with Partners.

06/2016 - One Year After the Nuclear Deal with Iran

On the 14th of July, 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed by the P5+1 and Iran, thus putting an end to years of harsh negotiations. A year later, it is crucial to evaluate the effects the deal has had on regional and international security, as well as the efforts Iran has put into respecting the agreement and what this means for NATO member countries.

07/2016 - NATO in the Caucasus

Located at the crossroad between Asia and Europe, the Caucasus represents a constant source of tension between Russia and NATO. Traditionally in Russia’s sphere of influence, NATO has built stronger relationships in the region in recent years, notably through the Open Door Policy and the EAPC framework. Frozen conflicts and unstable governments, however, still keep the Caucasus in a situation of instability and subjugated to foreign influences. This issue will analyze future options NATO has to engage in the region.

08/2016 - The Warsaw Summit: Results and Perspectives

In light of the topics discussed at the Warsaw summit, this issue aims to bring to light testimonies from various actors present in Poland, including a journalist, a decision-maker, and a young professional who participated in the Future Leader’s Summit.

09/2016 - Focus on the Mediterranean: Threats to the Southern Flank

Today, NATO’s Southern Flank is a key source of instability, threatening the security of the Euro-Atlantic. Despite the missions in place, such as Mission Active Endeavour to safeguard Europe and disrupt the terrorist activity in the Mediterranean, threats from Africa and the Middle East still manage to reach NATO member territory. The involvement of regional actors in partnerships (ICI and Mediterranean Dialogue) with NATO seem to have brought the two sides of the Mediterranean a little closer. However, bilateral agreements between countries appeared to be the preferred option for many nations. This issue will thus explore the strengths and weaknesses of NATO’s response to the problems emerging from the South.

10/2016 - Partners across the Globe: Stretching the Transatlantic Bond

Although the original scope of the Alliance is the Euro-Atlantic region, NATO has built a partnership encompassing countries in the Asia-Pacific, South East Asia and the Middle East. This issue will thus explore the scope of NATO’s bilateral agreements with countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the Middle East, namely with Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

11/2016 - Yemen: a Regional Problem with International Consequences

Although the object of strong political instability and continuous fighting, Yemen is the object of an international coalition aiming at stabilizing the country and preventing an over-spill of jihadist activity in the country. Led by Saudi Arabia, this coalition involves the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and other partners such as Egypt and Morocco. Although Yemen’s neighboring countries have taken charge of the crisis, Yemen’s instability has international consequences. This issue will analyze the coalition’s efforts and what this means for Euro-Atlantic Security.

12/2016 - Progress of UNSCR 1325

More than 15 years after the passing of the UNSCR 1325, aimed at empowering women and reducing the gender gap, it is time to assess the successes and failures of the initiative in the defense and security sector. NATO in particular has launched several campaigns supporting the resolution. In light of this effort, this issue will explore the results as well as the road that lies ahead for fully implementing UNSCR 1325.

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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...

Atlantic Voices | One Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 6 – June 2016 In July 2015, a much expected nuclear deal was finally reached between Iran and the P5+1 (Permanent...
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Atlantic Voices | Cooperative Security & Smart Defense

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 5 - May 2016 How can NATO address new and potent security challenges with limited financial means? This is the...
NATO Defense and Deterrence

Atlantic Voices | NATO Military Exercises & Deterrence

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 04 – April 2016 Deciding to attack an opponent is often the result of a rational choice calculation whereby the gains...
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Atlantic Voices | On the Way to Warsaw

Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 03 – March 2016 Two years after the NATO Wales Summit which reshaped the Alliance and realigned the Allies around...


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Opening Address Fabrizio W. Luciolli President Atlantic Treaty Association

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