Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 09/2014

NATO's Partnerships After 2014: Go West!

Karl-Heinz Kamp, Heidi Reisinger

May 2013

NATO Defense College


Throughout more than two decades, NATO has woven a dense network of partnerships in Europe and beyond. In many cases, the partner countries are either unable to apply for membership or not interested in doing so. A very sophisticated system of partnerships has thus developed over the years: most partners are grouped within a collective arrangement like the Partnership for Peace (PfP)/Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) or the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD). There are also a few which cooperate on a bilateral bases - ie. NATO plus the partner country.