NATO's Biggest Mistake and Lessons Learned

As part of the "Shaping Our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016" competition, 30 students and recent graduates from 13 countries wrote about NATO's mistakes, and how the Alliance can learn from them. Read their thoughts on the Kosovo intervention, NATO's decision not offer Russia membership, and NATO's public relations "failure" here. View

Preparing for NATO 2026

Read about the Battle for Tallinngrad, eco-friendly armies, hybrid warfare, NATO's midlife crisis, trouble in the Arctic, terrorism, the Alliance's preparedness to deal with threats from Space, and more.
These are the ideas 34 students and recent graduates from 12 countries developed to help NATO prepare effectively for 2026. View

 

 

Shaping our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016

We have launched a new competition for students and young graduates to tell us their ideas on NATO: from increasing solidarity amongst its members, to suggesting ways that it should learn from its mistakes. The competition is part of atlantic-community.org's ongoing effort to empower young people in the transatlantic debate and develop solutions to important international issues through online collaboration. View

Misconceptions about German Business and Russia

Dr. Marcus Felsner, President of the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany, dispels the popularly held belief that German businesses have a "special affiliation" with Russia. The new generations of German business leaders are guided mostly by the allure of profits and competition. In the open market, he writes, there is no space for unprofitable German-Russian sentimentality. View

TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

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NATO is Synonymous with the US. Europe Must Be Included

People do not see NATO as just a defense organization: people still feel the tension between the US and Russia. The feeling that US soldiers are tantamount to NATO forces is widespread across Eastern Europe, particularly the Czech Republic. Few there feel that NATO represents their interests. Before a sense of unity and cohesion can be achieved, NATO must change. View
 

NATO's Greatest Mistake was Libya: the Alliance Should Have Nothing to do with R2P

As a collective security organisation for its members NATO overreached its purview and the spirit of its treaty mandate by intervening in Libya. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle adopted by the UN in 2005 should not partner or utilize with NATO’s operational capability to be able to intervene in states outside of the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO should stay clear of becoming an operational arm for liberal internationalism and re-consider its humanitarian role. View
 

West in the Middle Earth: Between the UN and NATO

Since 1989, the US has become the world’s policeman. This situation has put NATO in several unnecessary international conflicts as it has often taken the UN’s place internationally. Does the West really need NATO? Which can be a possible solution? View
 

Turkey: An Inconvenient Tie Between NATO and the EU

The admission of Turkey into NATO structures was not the mistake, it was the result of contemporary circumstances. The common failure of NATO (as well as of the EU) was the inability to keep Turkey in the discourse of democratization – which is a cornerstone of NATO’s internal integrity and solidarity. View
 

Brexit and the End of Europe's Golden Age

Britain’s vote to secede from the European Union poses a greater existential threat to NATO than any foreign military. In leaving, the United Kingdom has accelerated the political disintegration of Europe and threatened to rob NATO of the prosperous European economy it relies upon. Consequently, NATO must fully transition to a new role it has only just discovered: that of a politico-economic confederation, not just a defensive organization. View
 

The Post-Cold War NATO: Decoupling Regime Change and Human Rights Promotion

NATO's biggest mistake in the past 25 years is that in its search for a post-Cold War raison d'être, it has taken on roles as both an instrument of regime change and of humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian work and the protection of human rights is a noble pursuit that NATO should continue to undertake; regime change and the imposition of democracy from above is not. View
 

Why NATO Must Revert to Basics and Adapt to Russian Aggression

With the risk that the EU will collapse following the UK's decision to leave, it is a pivotal time for NATO to assume responsibility for the unity and security of Europe. NATO's biggest mistakes have been its commitment to widen its scope both globally and in terms of its activities pursued, whilst failing to deal with the Russian security threat. NATO must simplify and return to its core objective of collective security and propose Russian integration into the Alliance. View
 

NATO's Biggest Mistake? Public Relations

In order to stay ahead of a changing world, NATO must increase its visibility to the public. As populist 'independence' movements are on the rise, the future of the Alliance may be in jeopardy. As it stands now, NATO is failing to show the public the good it does. Allowing voters to remain ignorant of the Alliance could hamper future military capabilities. View
 

Moving Beyond the 2 Percent Promise

NATO's member states failed to abide by the solemn promise to spend 2% of their GDP on defense spending. Jumpstarting NATO resolve while understanding economic constraints requires a strategy that advocates pooling and sharing and cooperation among member states. View
 

Russia: The Threat NATO Created Itself

Over the past 25 years NATO has isolated Russia, preventing it from influencing European security. As a result, Moscow is demonstrating its determination to become a global power through aggressive policies. Only an open acceptance of Russia as a global power and respect for its interests can prevent further security escalation in Eastern Europe. Thus, NATO must stop further enlargement. States that perceive Russia as a threat should be able to get protection outside of NATO. View
 
         

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