NATO's Biggest Mistake and Lessons Learned

As part of the "Shaping Our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016" competition, 33 students and recent graduates from 14 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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How NATO Underestimated Russia

NATO redefined itself by expanding its membership in three waves, but underestimated Russia's future capabilities. These waves of enlargment provoked Russia, which responded through a first step of testing the Alliance, in 2008, through the Georgian war. Putin continued with the decision to test at a fully-length pace, NATO's response, through the annexation of Crimea and the start of the Ukrainian war in 2014. View
 

NATO's Mistrust Crisis

NATO has changed over the last 25 years. Nevertheless public opinion on the Alliance has stayed the same. The North Atlantic Alliance is facing a massive mistrust crisis. People are starting to distrust and question the organization: the main reason for this lack of trust is that the general public does not know exactly what NATO does. View
 

Facing Decreasing Support, NATO Must Motivate the Home Front

What has supported democracy in Europe in the presence of communist autocracy, faces decreasing approval rates throughout the last decades. With NATO’s solidarity in danger, keeping quiet and staying out of public discussion is no longer an option. By increasing its efforts to put public attention on NATO’s importance in keeping not only Europe safe, it must show that it has not become obsolete following the demise of Soviet communism. View
 

Enable German Rearmament to Kickstart NATO's Transformation

To transform NATO, rearm Germany. The Euro-Atlantic security community should welcome Germany's military growth, and help turn it into a wider process leading to a necessary and long overdue shift of security responsibilities away from the U.S. and towards major European powers. View
 

If NATO Cannot Be a Lion, It Must Be a Fox

Imagine you are Vladimir Putin. If you wanted to invade a Baltic NATO ally, you could: you are certainly not deterred by NATO's defenses. Currently, Russia is capable of achieving a victory – albeit limited – against NATO: thus, NATO has failed to be a lion. It should raise the cost of a Russian invasion by being a fox. It should adopt hybrid defense; adapting policies such as the Swiss model of national service to counter the threat of Russia. View
 

NATO Should be Targeting the Financial Infrastructure of the Enemy

NATO is the most powerful military alliance on the globe; this will not change in 2026. Consequently, the future conflicts involving NATO will be asymmetric. Economic warfare is a tool to both address this changing environment, and respond effectively to future threats and imbalances. Targeting the elements of the financial infrastructure of the enemy will complement and increase the effectiveness of NATO’s regular military efforts. View
 

Identifying and Closing NATO's Arctic Capability Gap

In the Arctic, Russia is dominating. NATO is experiencing significant gaps in its security architecture in the Arctic, including a lack of icebreakers and reduced military presence. The Alliance can collectively address this common problem through building-up NATO's icebreaker fleets, establishing search-and-rescue bases, and most importantly, working together towards a shared goal. View
 

The Battle for Tallinngrad: New Ways to Fight an Old War

NATO is failing to respond to a revanchist Russia and must do much more to deter further aggression. An imbalance of force parity in the Baltics and a one-sided information war is sending all the wrong signals to Moscow. By examining a potential conflict ten years in the future, this article outlines the nightmare scenario facing NATO if steps are not taken now to win the goodwill of Estonia's Russian population, thereby thwarting Russian influence. View
 

NATO Must Keep Up with Opposing Force Research

Over the next ten years a series of revolutions stand to up-end the way wars are fought. To stay ahead of the curve NATO not only needs to invest in this research itself, but in comprehensive understanding of possible future opposing forces. Without such research, NATO's battlefield supremacy will be in serious jeopardy. Therefore, NATO needs an Opposing Force Office, and it needs one now, not in 2026, and not a day later. View
 

Shortfalls in Electronic Warfare Pose a Danger to NATO

Russia has demonstrated a tendency to destabilize neighboring countries as they near membership to both the EU and NATO. As EU enlargement progresses, this trend may well result in other border countries, such as energy rival Azerbaijan, being destabilized. Considering that current NATO electronic warfare capability is inferior to that of Russia, the Alliance must reduce this shortfall in order to ensure both regional stability, and the safety of NATO forces and future allies. View
 
         

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