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NATO Initiatives for an Era of Global Competition

Franklin D. Kramer

March 2010

Atlantic Council


Franklin D. Kramer, Atlantic Council vice chair and member of the Strategic Advisors Group (SAG), recommends five initiatives for NATO designed to respond to global challenges in both the immediate and longer term.

The transatlantic partnership has historically been at the heart of U.S. foreign policy, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has been at the heart of the partnership. But the factors that long made “transatlantic” the dominant foreign policy construct have fundamentally changed – and with it has come a need for concomitant strategic and operational changes to meet new requirements.

NATO is currently engaged in a philosophical review of its foundational principles as it undertakes to develop a new Strategic Concept to be adopted this November at the Lisbon Summit. The words of the concept will have little impact, however, unless they are implemented by a series of consequential initiatives that make NATO an effective organization in a new era of global competition.