NATO's Agenda

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is one of the most important and visible pillars of the transatlantic partnership.'s web module "NATO's Agenda" is designed to connect Atlantic Community members to NATO decision makers and encourage constructive debate on the issues facing the Alliance.

"NATO's Agenda" features articles, speeches, and videos spotlighting the activities of the Alliance, including content from NATO sources and analyses from Atlantic Community members. It is also the hub for's Question and Answer sessions with senior NATO officials. Our most recent Q&As were with:

You can contribute to the debate by submitting your own op-eds and commenting on other articles. The best ideas and debates are condensed into Atlantic Memos and sent to policymakers in Europe and North America.

EU Cybersecurity Policy: A Model for Global Governance

The European Union has taken an active role in combating cyberthreats through the opening of the European Cybercrime Centre in January and the European Network and Information Security Agency. Its approach of balancing the benefits and threats of the Internet is the correct mode of governance in the digital era. To increase its effectiveness, however, the European Union must encourage the international community to adopt its policies. View

Cooperation and Integrated Militaries will be the Future of NATO

With proposed defense spending cuts in the United States and a deepening financial crisis in Europe, it is imperative that member states divert their attention away from building strong national militaries toward a communal pooling of military resources. This will not only ensure the future of NATO, but also provide member states with enhanced military and security resources that could not be attained by focusing on development at the national level. View

NATO Secretary General’s Annual Report

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released his annual report on January 31, 2013. The report addressed both the achievements of the Alliance in 2012, and the challenges it faced. In particular, Rasmussen focused on current crisis management operations; the development of Alliance partnerships; and, above all, on the issue of NATO military capabilities in a period of global financial crisis. This article includes a link to the report. View

Top Ten Issues on the Transatlantic Agenda

What issues do you think will prove important in transatlantic relations this year? In this article, the editorial team presents our top ten topics for 2013. We identify what we think the big issues for 2013 might be, as well as where potential for transatlantic and global cooperation might lie. These ten topics will form the inspiration for some of our theme weeks and competitions over the coming months, so make sure to let us know what interests you. View

Smart Defense: A Eurosubmarine

The nuclear submarine fleets of Britain and France are in need of replacement. Both countries and their defense industries should build a single co-produced platform. This "Eurosubmarine" might initially be designed to fully replace each nation's fleet in an economical way, but could eventually lead to a joint European nuclear deterrent. In addition, this could set the stage for further join-military projects aligning with the Smart Defense strategy. View

Defence Specialization: Indispensable or Unachievable?

Logically, one of the best ways to get more bang for fewer bucks - while also deepening cooperation - should be for nations to specialize further in their defence roles on a basis of comparative advantage. Yet there are many obstacles. View

MA Thesis: Russia vs the Western Powers: The Politics of Energy in Central Asia

The Russian state monopoly over Soviet era pipelines ensures that Central Asia’s main source of revenue, its energy resources, are dependent upon Russia for transport as they are at present largely in the hands of the Russian state-owned energy companies. The consequences of the Russian energy monopoly in Central Asia are not simply limited to the region or its energy supplies; they have the potential to impact upon the geo-strategic balance of the world. View

Conflicting Allegiances: NATO, EU or Sovereignty?

Recent activity by the EU High Representative and Secretary General of NATO reflect the surge of interest in the Asia-Pacific. However, the extent of NATO and EU strategic involvement in the region is dependent upon a group of 21 European states that are members of both institutions. View

Georgia's Road to the West & the Russian Obstacle in its Way

What should Georgia expect from its relationship with Russia even if the West gets nothing but aggressive energy policy and a disregard for international law? Four years after the August War in 2008 the road to the West for the young democratic country remains dynamic and filled with geopolitical struggles. View

NATO's Senior Defense Economist on Security Despite Austerity - Part 2

Adrian Kendry responds to member questions about NATO capabilities, specialization, and other aspects of smart defense. He also explains NATO’s commitment to energy efficiency and talks about resource wars and terrorist financing. View

NATO's Senior Defense Economist on Security Despite Austerity - Part 1

Adrian Kendry has answered questions from members about the security implications of the financial and economic crises. In the first part, he talks about potential threats to the stability of the Alliance, terrorist recruitment and defense spending levels. View

Flying Home - The Road to Recovery

For many of the soldiers injured in Afghanistan their war is over, some of them will make a full recovery while others require round-the-clock care. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, or CASF, work tirelessly to make sure these soldiers return to their families. View

Ask NATO about Security Despite Austerity

Adrian Kendry is NATO’s Senior Defense Economist and works in the Emerging Security Challenges Division. In our latest Q&A, he takes your questions on the interaction of economic and security challenges. Watch his opening statement. View

NATO Assistant Secretary General Responds to Member Questions

Ambassador Grabar-Kitarović has answered ten questions from members and friends. Read her responses on NATO policy on women’s rights, UN resolution 1325, Afghanistan, Arab spring, and the Balkans. View

Exclusive Q&A with Ambassador Grabar-Kitarovic on Women, Peace and Security

In celebration of the 12th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, invites you to participate in our next Q&A session with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. She will be answering questions on "Women, Peace and Security". View

From Energy Security Towards Climate Protection

Due to the finiteness of fossil fuels, the development of a low-carbon industry has become an economic necessity. A new approach to energy security that goes beyond NATO's current "safeguard foreign energy supply" is in dire need. A focus on secure energy after "the age of oil" is therefore in. View

The Deputy Secretary General of NATO Responds to Your Questions

Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Alexander Vershbow, has answered your questions! Here we have published his responses to ten of your questions, on a broad range of topics covering NATO's post-summit agenda. These topics include the NATO presence in Afghanistan, the conflict in Syria, relations with Russia, the operation in Libya, Smart Defense, missile defense, and NATO's role in the Caucasus. Make sure to let us know what you think. View

Germany-Turkey-United States as a New Triple Entente

The on-going conflict in Syria, the anti-American/anti-Western nature of protests in the Middle East, increased Green on Blue attacks, among other issues has created a new set of geopolitical challenges. Could these challenges be better pre-empted by channelling smart defence through a more robust Germany-Turkey-United States partnership in order to advance NATO states' collective interests? View

Your Ideas, Your NATO: A Look Back’s 2012 policy workshop competition "Your Ideas, Your NATO" featured many outstanding articles from students and young professionals, produced innovative policy ideas for the Atlantic Memos, and received enthusiastic feedback from decision makers. Editor-in-Chief Joerg Wolf takes a look back at the five months in a video statement featured in this article. View

Responding to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy appeared at's policy debate in Berlin yesterday via video, offering her reaction to the three Atlantic Memos from the policy workshop competition.   Memos from the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition have also received feedback from US Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy and other... View

Policy Makers Respond to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

After the teams of finalists in the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop produced three innovative Atlantic Memos, the editorial team has set out to put them in the hands of policy makers from key NATO Member states. The Canadian Defense Minister, members of the Canadian and Norwegian assemblies and a Policy Advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives have responded to the memos from our policy workshop! Read the article to find out which proposals they support and see policy influence in action. View

James Appathurai's Answers on Partnerships in Asia

The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy has responded to your questions and policy recommendations! In this second installment, he discusses NATO’s stance in Asia and how new powers like China and India impact the Alliance’s goals. View

James Appathurai's Answers on Global Partnerships and the Arab Spring

The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy has responded to your questions and policy recommendations! In this first of two installments, he answers questions about cooperation with countries touched by the Arab Spring, discusses an Atlantic Memo proposal for a Global Partnership Council, and many more. View

Building Partnerships: Q&A with NATO's James Appathurai

Join Atlantic Community for our first Question & Answer session of 2012. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai will be taking your questions on NATO partnerships and regional initiatives, and answering in a video response. View