Can the NATO alliance – forged during the Cold War — ensure global stability in the 21st Century? And should the U.S. continue to foot most of the bill? (Published on Jan 11, 2013. GREAT DECISIONS. Foreign Policy Association)
The top priority for the Alliance this year has been to build the capacity of the Afghan security forces so that they can take the lead for security throughout their country ahead of the withdrawal of the NATO-led force there in 2014. Detailed preparations for the post-2014 new NATO-led mission, which will train, assist and advise the Afghan forces, also got underway.
But Afghanistan was not the only item on NATO’s agenda. From deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey as a defensive precaution, to countering pirates off the Horn of Africa, to strengthening NATO’s capabilities and deepening its cooperation with partner countries, it has been another busy year for the Alliance.
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The report of the Group of Experts on NATO’s new Strategic Concept comprises a summary of findings and a more detailed discussion of and recommendations on key issues, such as the security environment, core tasks, partnerships and Alliance capabilities. The report was aimed at assisting the Secretary General in drafting a new Strategic Concept for NATO, to be agreed by Allies at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010.
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