Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

Is NATO Set to Go on Standby?

Karl-Heinz Kamp

September 2013

Atlantic Council


In the most recent Transatlantic Security Initiative issue brief, entitled “Is NATO Set to Go on Standby?" Research Director at the NATO Defense College Karl-Heinz Kamp asks whether NATO will maintain strategic relevance after withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014. The author argues that when NATO withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014, it has the opportunity to focus once again on its core competences: protecting the Euro-Atlantic security space by political means, deterrence, and collective defense.