Preparing for NATO 2026
At the Warsaw Summit in July, the NATO Heads of State and Government will "take new, important decisions, making sure NATO adapts when the world around us is changing" (Secretary General Stoltenberg).
Below you will find the best suggestions for these decisions from students and recent graduates participating in our policy competition for the Warsaw Summit. As part of our mission to empower young people in the transatlantic policy debate we asked them:
Today's decision-makers are preoccupied with the many contemporary threats and might not recognize the risks, enemies, weapons, tactics or other challenges that could threaten the Alliance in ten years.
Question: What could surprise NATO in 2026? What scenario is NATO currently insufficiently addressing? What can realistically be done to prepare?
We now need all members' help to take the debate to the next step. We encourage you to provide feedback and give counter-arguments, point out the articles' weaknesses and highlight strengths. If you are not yet a member, you can join for free with just a few clicks. By contributing to and enriching the discussion you will be extending a helping hand to young voices from the NATO Alliance and have the chance to influence the Atlantic Memo. After June 26, the shortlisted authors will write this joint policy paper to be presented to decision-makers.
The competition has been made possible by generous contributions from:
Future-Proofing NATO: A Forthcoming Decade of Change
If NATO Cannot Be a Lion, It Must Be a Fox
NATO Should be Targeting the Financial Infrastructure of the Enemy
Identifying and Closing NATO's Arctic Capability Gap
The Battle for Tallinngrad: New Ways to Fight an Old War
NATO Must Keep Up with Opposing Force Research
Shortfalls in Electronic Warfare Pose a Danger to NATO
The Biggest Threat to Geopolitical Stability: Climate Change
Partnering with China and Stifling ISIS's Funding
Space Junk: The Biggest Threat to NATO Interoperability in 2026
NATO Must Adapt to the Battlefields of Tomorrow
The Greatest Challenge for NATO Will Be Europe Itself
A Holistic Approach to Defeating the Islamic State
Why NATO Should Cooperate with Fellow Regional Organizations
New Kids on the Block: How NATO Should Address Secessionist Movements
Why NATO Should Get Involved with Bitcoin
The Domino Effect of Environmental Threats
The Hidden Threat of Corruption
Pakistan: the Islamic State’s Path Towards Nuclear Proliferation
The Importance of Cyber-Security for NATO
A World Without NATO
Navigating NATO's Midlife Crisis
Adapting NATO to a Changing Face of Global Insecurity
Cultural Diversity vs. NATO's Capacity to Act
NATO Must React to the Immaterial Threats of the Future
NATO and the Asia-Pacific: Preparing for Conflict in 2026
Interoperability on the Urban Battlefield: Refocusing on a Modern Mission
Extraterrestrials: Are We Ready?
The Emergence of a New Biological Weapons Threat
Determination and Unity as Cornerstones of the Alliance in the Present and Future
The Whole of NATO Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
The EU and NATO Must Cooperate Even More Closely
The Internationalization of Far-Right Terrorism in Europe and NATO's Future Role
Shaping our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016
- EU's Litmus Test in the Western Balkans
- It's the State of our Democracy, Stupid! Why Transatlantic Relations are in Trouble
- The Reverse Trump Effect: EU Populist Movements After Trump Took Office
- Smaller and Larger Nations: Concert of Big Powers or Fair Balance of Interests?
- The Trump-Merkel Summit: After the Storm, a Vital Trans-Atlantic Agenda