November 16, 2012

Transatlantic Security after the U.S. Elections

The landmark NATO summits that occurred in November 2010 and in May 2012 have potentially created unprecedented opportunities for the most important U.S. collective defense alliance to address 21st century security challenges. NATO’s new Strategic Concept affirms a commitment to keep NATO “effective in a changing world, against new threats, with new capabilities and new partners.” But the most difficult challenge lies ahead – the process of refining and implementing the Concept when Allied defense resources are scarce and focused on other priorities, including the United States, its most powerful member, which is pivoting toward Asia.

The landmark NATO summits that occurred in November 2010 and in May 2012 have potentially created unprecedented opportunities for the most important U.S. collective defense alliance to address 21st century security challenges. NATO’s new Strategic Concept affirms a commitment to keep NATO “effective in a changing world, against new threats, with new capabilities and new partners.” But the most difficult challenge lies ahead – the process of refining and implementing the Concept when Allied defense resources are scarce and focused on other priorities, including the United States, its most powerful member, which is pivoting toward Asia.


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