Increasing Solidarity Among NATO Member States

The need for unity and cohesion within NATO structures are a constant in NATO speak. These elements are key to sustain the Alliance's legitimacy and capacity to act. However concrete policy recommendations are often replaced by generic discourse and mere reflections on shared values. Young NATO citizens devised proposals that are specific, innovative and feasible. View.

Getting NATO Defense Planning on Track

NATO Allies' attempts to coordinate their defense planning are not as effective as they should be: because of sovereignty concerns and divergent national interests, money is being wasted. Yet, with harmonization could come a stronger Alliance and increased funding for other non-military projects. So for the "Shaping Our NATO" competition, we asked young citizens their ideas on NATO defense planning. View.

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 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 international issues through online collaboration. View

Have ideas on foreign policy? Write a 500-700 word op-ed, offering your own policy recommendations on an issue important to the transatlantic community!
The best policy ideas go into our memo workshop, where Atlantic Community members debate the issues and look for consensus.
Recommendations that are supported by Atlantic Community members get collected into Atlantic Memos, our policy papers which we present to decision makers.
The Atlantic Community editorial team works to get our Memos in the hands of top policymakers, who periodically offer their feedback on atlantic-community.org.
By crowdsourcing the best ideas from our members and getting their voices heard by influential players in Europe and North America, Atlantic Community is helping to shape the debate and future policy.

Georgia and Russia: Smoldering Conflict at a Geopolitical Intersection

Georgia can be a strategic pillar of stability in an otherwise volatile region and we should consequently place it much higher on our political agenda. Georgians want nothing more than NATO membership and the West cannot deny the evident successes of democratization and economic reform. The internal logic of realist politics however demands other factors also be considered. Georgia joining NATO would further exacerbate the conflict with Russia. View
 

Future-Proofing NATO: A Forthcoming Decade of Change

Memo 50: NATO must adopt hybrid models of national defense, coordinate efforts on economic and electronic warfare, and secure its space-based infrastructure. The Alliance should also establish a partnership with China and strengthen its presence in the Arctic. View
 

NATO Energy Security Strategy Crucial to Checking Russian Aggression

Russian gas supplies are dividing Europe on sanctions. Recognition of the security implications of climate change are becoming widely recognized. NATO can and should play a key role in driving positive on both by building energy security for its members. Including specific, targeted mandates to enable mutual energy security in NATO’s mission moving forward would be to both recognize the key challenges of our time and bolster longstanding alliance precepts. View
 

Making NATO More Institutionalized

NATO can only improve the cohesion and strengthen consensus among the member countries if the right tools and framework are introduced. Member nations will not voluntarily focus on the common good of NATO. They need to be persuaded by initiatives and measures that serve their other national interests. It is thereby important to create an independent NATO body or institution that can make some recommendations for the political agenda and reward member nations. View
 

Making NATO More Popular for Everyone

To increase empathy and solidarity between the publics of NATO member countries, the organization must start with the education of their citizens and promotion of the Alliance’s. The general knowledge of ordinary people in society needs to be increased by incorporating more information about NATO related activities into their daily lives. Providing this information only to interested people or narrowly focused university students is not enough. View
 

NATO Needs to Make Itself Heard

NATO's strength is based on the cooperation and support of many nations. Member nations however seem to be less willing to protect one another as diverging threat perceptions arise. NATO must begin creating ways for member citizens to interact and associate thereby increasing unity and cohesion in the face of future challenges. View
 

To Enhance Cohesion, NATO Should Change Its Name

As former Soviet states joined the Alliance, a problem of unity emerged for conceptions of order and military thinking differed. Today, NATO is facing increasing pressure to cope with multiple challenges. A lack of cohesion may have disastrous consequences for world peace. What I therefore proposed is not concerned with the internal structure of the alliance. Instead, I recommend changing NATO’s name as a way of enhancing cohesion through meaning. View
 

NATO: Solidarity Through Diversity

To improve cohesion, NATO must accept that consensus will rarely be found at the operational level. While all NATO members must be united in their grand strategic desire for peace and security within the NATO framework, the 21st century presents too many threats at different levels for all member states to share the same intensity of concerns at the same time. NATO must accept that solidarity will come from a willingness to accept diversity. View
 

How Europe and the US Can Usher in a New Age of Solidarity

Faced with multiple potential threats, NATO allies must ensure they remain united. This is made more problematic by US retrenchment from Europe. To prevent this, European members will have to achieve the 2% target, and deploy some of their forces to the Pacific. In addition, Eastern and Southern members should work alongside each other more frequently in order to foster greater solidarity and friendship. View
 

Increasing Solidarity: How to Fairly Prioritize the Alliance's Security Threats

The best way to increase solidarity within NATO is to ensure that every nation's voice is heard with equal attention and their security concerns addressed. A sixth committee, answering to the Assembly, would help to prioritize and deal with these concerns fairly. View
 
         

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