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Global Trends and the Future of NATO: Alliance Security in an Era of Global Competition

Barry Pavel, Magnus Nordenman

October 2013

Atlantic Council


The latest issue brief by Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council VP and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and Magnus Nordenman, Brent Scowcroft Center deputy director, argues that global shifts in economic and military power, demographics, resource demand, and other critical megatrends will require NATO to overhaul its long-term strategy for the future. NATO must navigate this crucial period by fundamentally reconsidering its place in the global landscape as well as its future roles, missions, and functions. The world is changing rapidly, and if NATO does not adapt with foresight for this new era, then it will very likely disintegrate.