The West Finally Starts Rolling Out the Big Guns for Ukraine – FP, 15.04.22
Some Ukrainians fear it could be too little, too late. By Robbie Gramer, Jack Detsch, and Amy Mackinnon
NATO Intervention in Ukraine Won’t Spark World War III – FP, 1.04.22
A Western aversion to casualties and fears of Russian nuclear use are impeding NATO intervention against a vastly inferior opponent. By Limor Simhony, a policy advisor and researcher based in London
U.S. Commission Urges Biden to Designate Ukraine, Georgia as Major Non-NATO Allies – FP, 12.03.22
The move would facilitate military and economic support for Kyiv as it battles a brutal Russian offensive. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
Ukraine Wants NATO Jets. Biden Says Not Yet – FP, 10.03.22
The difficulty in delivering NATO-owned, Soviet-built aircraft highlights the tightrope U.S. President Joe Biden is walking. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy, and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
NATO Must Prepare to Defend Its Weakest Point—the Suwalki Corridor – FP, 3.03.22
On the Polish-Lithuanian border, the West must respond to Russia’s actual capabilities rather than making assumptions about its intent. By John R. Deni, a research professor at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council
Former NATO Commander: ‘Is the West Going to Tolerate Russia Doing This to Ukraine?’ – FP, 27.02.22
Retired Gen. Philip Breedlove on NATO’s response, calls for a no-fly zone, and Putin’s state of mind. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
Is There a Risk of a NATO vs. Russia War? – FP, 24.02.22
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine marks a tectonic shift in world politics and increases the danger of superpower confrontation and the militarization of Europe. By Emma Ashford, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and Matthew Kroenig, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
NATO Warplanes on High Alert as Russia Launches Full-Scale Ukraine Invasion – FP, 23.02.22
NATO chief confirms no alliance forces will deploy to Ukraine. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
- Șeful NATO anunță că România ar putea găzdui un grup de luptă al Alianței, adică o prezență permanentă a trupelor aliate. De ce e important acest eveniment – 11.02.22
- Ungaria nu va accepta mai multe trupe NATO pe teritoriul său, în contextul crizei din Ucraina – 10.02.22
- NATO trimite nave și avioane de luptă în Europa de Est – 24.01.22
Should NATO Close Its Doors? – James Dobbins, RAND, 2.02.22
Why NATO Has Become a Flash Point With Russia in Ukraine – CFR, 20.01.22
- Liberal Illusions Caused the Ukraine Crisis – FP, 19.01.22
The greatest tragedy about Russia’s potential invasion is how easily it could have been avoided. By Stephen M. Walt, a columnist at Foreign Policy and the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University
- When Putin Loved NATO – FP, 19.01.22
Former NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, who had a cordial relationship with the Russian leader, recalls an era when Moscow wanted closer ties with the West. By Elisabeth Braw, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
Switzerland Flirts With NATO – FP, 5.05.22
Russia’s war in Ukraine has some Swiss considering closer cooperation with the alliance—but not membership. By Caroline de Gruyter, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a Europe correspondent for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad
- Germany Welcomes Swedish and Finnish Leaders – FP, 3.05.22
- The NATO Accession Sweden Never Saw Coming – FP, 29.04.22
- Finland and Sweden Seem Likely to Join NATO. What That Means for Europe – Ian Bremmer, Time, 23.04.22
- ‘Thanks, Putin’: Finnish and Swedish Lawmakers Aim for NATO Membership – FP, 22.04.22
- Politicians who have long called for Finland and Sweden to join NATO seem poised to finally get their wish. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
- What Finland Can Offer NATO – FP, 14.04.22
The end of neutrality for a famously neutral country would be a blow to Putin and enhance the alliance’s intelligence capabilities. By Elisabeth Braw, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
- How Finland Could Tilt the Balance Against Putin – FP, 13.04.22
Helsinki joining NATO is his worst nightmare—apart from losing Ukraine. By Michael Hirsh, a senior correspondent at Foreign Policy
- Finland May Finally Want In on NATO – FP, 6.04.22
Sweden is not far behind. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, and Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
- Moscow Threatens the Balance in the High North – Minna Ålander, Michael Paul, SWP, 31.03.22
In Light of Russia’s War in Ukraine, Finland and Sweden Are Moving Closer to NATO
- Between Russia, Sweden, and NATO: Finland’s defence of “sovereignty equality” – Hanna Ojanen, ECFR, 10.01.22
There are three main reasons Finland could eventually join NATO. But none of them are strong enough to bring about a change – yet.
- Complex—but Promising—Prospects as Finland and Sweden Mull NATO Membership – RAND, 3.03.12
- Finland and Sweden Are Done With Deference to Russia – FP, 5.01.22
Even if the two Nordic countries don’t join NATO, they have signaled a new era in relations with Moscow. By Elisabeth Braw, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute
- Swedish Foreign Minister: Joining NATO Is Up to Us – FP, 7.01.22
Russian threats to Ukraine have spurred security conversations in northern Europe. By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy
- Criza din Ucraina aprinde dezbaterea internă în Finlanda pe tema aderării la NATO / Putin ceruse Alianței nord-atlantice să oprească extinderea spre Est – g4media, 4.01.22
Amid Russia’s War, NATO Isn’t Taking Its Eye Off China – FP, 7.04.22
NATO plans to deal with Russia today and China tomorrow. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
Devine Grecia adevărata frontieră de sud-est a NATO? – LARICS, 18.10
NATO Gives Suspected Russian Spies Das Boot – FP, 7.10
It’s the latest sign there are few, if any, off ramps for NATO-Russia tensions. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter
NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’ – FP, 23.09
Jens Stoltenberg weighs in on AUKUS, Zapad, and the fate of Afghanistan after 20 years of bitter toil. By Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy
NATO’s Man in Kabul – FP, 16.09
Stefano Pontecorvo spent his childhood in Kabul. Sixty years later, he coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself. By Elisabeth Braw
What the U.S. Exit From Afghanistan Means for NATO – 31.08
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO and its allies are still committed to Afghanistan despite the U.S. exit.
Afghanistan airlift brought some to safety but many were left behind – DW News, 30.08
- As US troops leave Afghanistan, it brings to an end a chaotic and dangerous evacuation effort. More than 100,000 Afghans were flown out to countries around the world to start new lives. But many more have been left behind, some in tragic circumstances.
- „Nu le vom permite teroriştilor să ne ameninţe”, afirmă miniştrii de externe ai NATO într-o declaraţie comună – 20.08
- Fost oficial NATO, despre criza din Afganistan: „Terorismul va fi din nou în creștere” – 20.08
- Fost șef CIA, despre retragerea din Afganistan: „Am pierdut sursele la fața locului/ Vom plăti un preț: Afganistanul ar putea deveni un sanctuar sigur pentru teroriști – 20.08
NATO weighs in on Taliban gains as western nations speed up evacuations – DW News, 13.08
- Germany will reduce the number of staff at its Kabul embassy to the “absolute minimum,” Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said Friday as Taliban forces set their sights on the Afghan capital. The announcement came as more German lawmakers appeal for quick action to get staff out of Afghanistan. Senior Christian Democrat (CDU) lawmaker Norbert Röttgen urged the German authorities to “not abandon a single local employee” who were in danger of “torture and death.” It also comes as the German journalists’ association asked for Afghan journalists to be given residence in their country.
- Speaking to reporters after an emergency meeting with the permanent representatives of all 30 NATO member states, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is “deeply concerned about the high levels of violence caused by the Taliban’s offensive, including attacks on civilians, targeted killings, and reports of other serious human rights abuses.” Stoltenberg reiterated the alliance remains committed to a political solution and would continue “to support the Afghan government and security forces as much as possible.” While NATO continues to maintain a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the alliance will “continue to adjust as necessary,” and “assess the developments on the ground”.
- Trupele americane şi ale NATO au părăsit baza aeriană Bagram, una dintre cele mai mari din Afganistan – 2.07
- Retragerea NATO din Afganistan a început în mod ”coordonat” – 29.04
- Aliații din cadrul NATO au agreat să înceapă retragerea din Afganistan începând cu 1 mai 2021 – 15.04
Grecia: NATO tinde să-și uite valorile – euractiv, 19.07
Wess Mitchell: „Am putea avea de-a face cu o schimbare în plină desfășurare în politica SUA, cu potențiale implicații serioase pentru Ucraina și statele estice ale NATO, precum Polonia și România” – Alexandru Gugoașă, pressone, 13.07
How the competition against China could improve NATO – Euractiv, 15.06
Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
NATO declares China ‘a systemic challenge to the global order’ – DW, 15.06
- NATO leaders had branded China a security risk to the alliance and criticized its “opaque” weapons development programs. “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security,” NATO leaders had said in a communique. The final communique was NATO’s first change of focus for an alliance created to defend Europe from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
- China on Tuesday accused NATO of “creating confrontations” after the alliance’s members pledged to cooperate to counter “systemic challenges” posed by Beijing’s policies. In a statement, the Chinese Mission to the European Union called for NATO to “view China’s development rationally, stop exaggerating various forms of ‘China threat theory’ and not to use China’s legitimate interests and legal rights as excuses for manipulating group politics [while] artificially creating confrontations.”
NATO leaders meet in Brussels – BBC News, 14.06
- NATO leaders meet in Brussels today for a summit described by its Secretary-General as a pivotal moment in its seventy-two-year history.
- The alliance is looking to turn the page on the past four years when relations with its most powerful member, the United States, were strained.
- Liderii NATO au stabilit la Bruxelles direcțiile majore de acțiune pentru următorul deceniu – Euractiv, 14.06
- Rusia, China, Afganistan, Europa: Principalele concluzii ale summitului NATO – 14.06
- Rusia, China, atacurile cibernetice: NATO își caută de lucru – RFI, 14.06
- NATO: actele de război hibrid vor fi considerate agresiuni directe, conform Articolului 5 – RFI, 15.06
- Jens Stoltenberg: China vine tot mai aproape de noi. O vedem în spațiul cibernetic, în Africa, în infrastructurile noastre esențiale – 14.06
- NATO: China, Russia Worry Allies Embracing Post-Trump Era – Bloomberg, 14.06
- Nato summit: Nato must face up to China’s rise, alliance chief says – BBC, 14.06
Biden embraces NATO, but European allies are weak – Politico, 13.06
As US sees threat from China, lack of equipment and capabilities raise doubts about Europe’s role.
No European Honeymoon in Biden’s First Overseas Trip – FP, 10.06
The United States wants to mend fences with NATO—and revamp the defense alliance to face new threats like China. By Robbie Gramer
- Ucraina – trei capcane serioase şi dilema soluţiei NATO – Radu Carp, contributors, 10.04
- Invitarea Ucrainei în NATO – marea lovitură strategică a SUA în Estul Europei şi scenariul care dă fiori regimului Putin – Valentin Naumescu, contributors, 7.04
Ukraine urges NATO to set up membership path – DW, 6.04
Ziua NATO – Ministrul de Externe: România a susţinut în permanenţă efortul de apărare colectivă al tuturor membrilor Alianţei şi este angajată în mod activ în procesul de consolidare a capacităţii NATO de a răspunde eficient provocărilor de securitate – 4.04
- Șeful NATO: Rusia își suplimentează capacităţile militare în Europa de Est şi încearcă să destabilizeze ţări vecine, inclusiv Moldova – 24.03
- Pentru primii doi oameni din NATO, amenințarea Rusiei este cât se poate de reală – RFI, 26.03
- Rusia respinge acuzaţiile NATO în privința acţiunilor destabilizatoare – 25.03
NATO: India’s Next Geopolitical Destination – Wess Mitchel, Hindustan Times, 23.03
Europe seeks US reassurance on defence ties – 23.03
- US Secretary of State Antony #Blinken was on Tuesday in Brussels on a mission to mend relations, and attending the first in-person #NATO meeting held in a year. FRANCE 24 correspondent Dave Keating says EU countries will be looking for guarantees the US will defend them if attacked, notably by #Russia, which was put into doubt by Donald Trump.
NATO Secretary General with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken – 23.03
- Short remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the start of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ meetings, 23 March 2021.
NATO Secretary General & US Secretary of State: “Strengthening the Transatlantic Bond” – 23.03
- Citing challenges such as terrorism, cyber-attacks and the rise of China, the Secretary General urged Allies to work closely together. “No ally and no continent can deal with these challenges alone. We need Europe and North America together,” Mr Stoltenberg said.
- The event was moderated by Carnegie Europe Director Dr. Rosa Balfour and came ahead of the start of a two-day NATO ministerial meeting later in the day.
NATO Killed Civilians in Libya. It’s Time to Admit It. – FP, 20.03
The alliance bombing campaign had a devastating toll—but, a decade after the war, leaders have still not taken responsibility. By Joe Dyke
NATO vrea să relanseze cooperarea transatlantică – DW, 18.02
New Ideas for NATO 2030 – 4.02
- NATO has been a bedrock of security and stability for over 70 years. But today, it is facing an increasingly complex world full of new actors, threats and challenges. How can it guarantee that it will remain fit, united and adaptable in this new world? What hard decisions does it need to take to be fit for purpose in the next decade?
- In his first major policy speech of 2021, NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, outlines his vision for NATO to 2030 with recommendations from the NATO 2030 Young Leaders – a group he appointed to advise him on how the organization can meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.
- The event also features the culmination of a week-long policy hackathon that will see students from 10 universities ‘pitch for purpose’ on key strategic themes for NATO 2030:
– Turning the tide: NATO’s role in defending and re-shaping a values-based international order
– Full spectrum security: building resilience against economic security risks
– People first: protecting populations in modern-day conflicts
– Innovating innovation: next steps in technology cooperation
– Less is more: reducing military carbon emissions
- How will NATO continue to be a strategic anchor in uncertain times? How will it adapt to well-known threats such as terrorism and new risks that loom from pandemics and climate change particularly as emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) present both dangers and opportunities for its members? And what lessons can be drawn from NATO’s experience that can apply to other multilateral organizations?
NATO Secretary General discusses New Ideas for #NATO2030 with students & young leaders – 4.02
- Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on NATO 2030 and the importance of strengthening the transatlantic bond in the next decade and beyond, 4 February 2021.
German Greens go nuclear over call to renew NATO vows – POltico, 23.01
Party members hit out at paper calling for Berlin to work toward ‘deployable military’ to boost ties with the US.
NATO Secretary General with the President of Georgia, Salome Zourabichvili – 22.01
Adunarea parlamentară NATO. Noi direcţii ale Organizaţiei în era post Trump – Adrian Costea, 18.01
NATO Secretary General at Sciences Po Youth & Leaders Summit – NATO, 18.01
NATO Secretary General: 2021 will be a pivotal year – NATO, 6.01
NATO Secretary General with the Chairman of the CSU Parliamentary Group – 6.01
Flawed Cybersecurity Is a Ticking Time Bomb for the Balkans – FP, 4.01
Cyberattacks in North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey reveal that government defenses are weak—and many NATO members are at risk. By Bojan Stojkovski
Sweden edges closer to NATO membership – Politico, 22.12
Parliament voted in favor of the NATO option — allowing the country to join the alliance in future.
NATO, We Want to Go to War With You – FP, 22.12
Wargames can provide essential cybersecurity training for soldiers. But they won’t succeed unless the players confront real, independent hackers. By Tarah Wheeler, Amy Ertan
Post-Trump NATO: Back to business as usual? – DW, 16.12
- During Donald Trump’s four years at the White House, he has undone deals and splintered alliances like no other US president before him. Washington’s tone towards NATO also shifted dramatically, but that may have actually helped the alliance.
NATO Secretary General w/the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen – 15.12
End the Russian Veto on Georgian Accession – Atlantic Council, 5.01.21
- At NATO’s 2008 Bucharest Summit, the allies refused to go along with a US push to offer Georgia a Membership Action Plan (MAP), but agreed that it would someday become a member of the Alliance. Germany and France intended for this equivocation to allay Russian objections, yet it was seized upon by Vladimir Putin as an opportunity to block Georgia’s path to the Alliance. In August 2008, a mere four months after the Bucharest Summit, Russia invaded Georgia and occupied twenty percent of its internationally recognized territory. With some creativity and bold political will, however, Georgia’s accession into NATO is still feasible, despite the Russian occupation.
Build resilience for an era of shocks – Atlantic Council, 21.12.20
- The scope, scale, and impact of future non-traditional threats require NATO allies to think outside the framework of traditional security concepts and prepare the Alliance for missions that do not neatly fit an Article 5 scenario. To this end, the Alliance should approve a fourth core task focused on resilience, preparing NATO to protect the populations of member states against novel threats while reinforcing collective defense.
Seek membership for Mexico – Atlantic Council, 15.12
- Eventual Mexican membership in NATO may be a necessary ingredient for keeping the United States invested in European security over the long term. This suggestion is made with an eye toward the reality that economic and political power in the United States is shifting to places and populations with fewer traditional ties to Europe such that broadening NATO’s appeal to a diversifying US public is imperative.
NATO Facing Challenges From the Arctic to the Black Sea Region – LSE Ideas, 10.12
A New Chapter for NATO under Biden? – GMF, 4.12
- Over the past four years, NATO has witnessed some of the most tumultuous periods in its history. The transatlantic relationship that has underpinned European security for over seven decades has undeniably changed, posing challenges to NATO’s political unity and capabilities. Yet, the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election simultaneously offers opportunities for a renewed commitment to the transatlantic alliance on both sides of the Atlantic.
- As one of the foremost experts on transatlantic history, Stanley R. Sloan has documented all such challenges and opportunities NATO has faced in its long and rich history. In his new book, Defense of the West: Transatlantic Security from Truman to Trump, Sloan delves deeper into the history of the alliance and the lessons it provides for the future. In a rapidly evolving world that will soon welcome a new U.S. president, understanding the lessons from the past are all the more relevant and timely for confronting NATO’s challenges of the future.
Public launch of NATO 2030 Expert Group’s Report – 3.12
NATO in 2030: Adapting to a New World – Carnegie Europe, 3.12
Ian Lesser on the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs Meeting – 2.11
NATO Secretary General address the NATO Parliamentary Assembly – 23.11
Ramp Up on Russia – Atlantic Council, 24.11
Rethink and Replace 2% – Atlantic Council, 23.11
Low defense spending puts strategic autonomy at risk, EU review says – Politico, 20.11
Governments put national and NATO priorities ahead of EU, officials say.
The Post-Trump Reset With NATO Starts in Germany – FP, 4.02.21
The Biden administration has paused Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, an early move to reassure allies. By Robbie Gramer, Jack Detsch
German defense minister to Macron: EU depends on US security guarantee – Politico, 19.11.20
- Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says the EU needs more independence but will still depend on the US.
- Kramp-Karrenbauer had become embroiled in an unusual public spat with Macron after the latter, in an interview with Le Grand Continent published Monday, criticized her over an op-ed in POLITICO in which she had argued that “Europe still needs America.”
Germany’s role in NATO and the world – DW, 02.20
- The world has become more insecure and a new arms race seems imminent. Disarmament treaties are lapsing and existing alliances crumbling. Will Germany be able to meet the challenges?
NATO looks to China rise: Global shift in balance of power focus of two-day summit – 3.12.20
NATO’s China challenge – IISS, 23.11.20
NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation – FP, 17.04.20
Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse. By Robbie Gramer