Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 07/2011

NATO's Lisbon Summit: New Strategic Doctrine and the Missile Defence

Yalım Eralp

December 2010

Global Research in International Affairs Center, Interdisciplinary Center


The Lisbon Summit was important for two reasons. Firstly, the acceptance of a new strategic concept, the seventh since NATO was founded. The new concept comes after the Al Kaide attacks, the Afghan and Iraq wars and a greater threat of proliferation of nuclear weapons. In addition, relations with Russia were reset, making them of strategic importance. The second important aspect is the acceptance of a missile defence system whereby all populations, territory and forces will be protected.