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Global Security Challenges
NATO Faces Worldwide and Transnational Threats


Sidney E. Dean, Editor


Hampton Roads International Security Quarterly
Vol. XI  Nr. 2 (April 2011)

Policymakers and academic experts discuss the many threats facing the western democracies. Issues discussed include global security cooperation by NATO nations, intensified US-European partnership, the evolving US-Russian and NATO-Russian relationship, as well as developments in Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa, East Asian security threats to western interests, as well as the transnational threats of terrorism, piracy, and cyber warfare.

The framework for these policy discussions and analyses is based on the proceedings of the 47th Munich Security Conference (MSC) held in February. The future of Euro-Atlantic security partnership was given a prime position on the agenda, including the need for the former “Cold War” alliance to project itself globally, since most new threats arise outside the traditional NATO sphere of operations.

The security policy implications of the economic and financial crisis also made the agenda. “We are going to have to deal with the issue of what will be the consequences of the economic and financial crisis for the defense and development budgets, and thus for the ability of the Western community of nations to project stability to areas outside the Euro-Atlantic sphere,” conference organizer Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger stated. One proposal is for NATO members to coordinate their national military force structures and procurement plans with one-another in order to reduce waste and duplication, and to practice greater burden sharing.

The proceedings of the 47th MSC are rounded out by external contributions discussing security threats to Western interests in East Asia, as well as the by high-seas piracy.