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NATO’s New Strategic Concept


Sidney E. Dean, Editor


Hampton Roads International Security Quarterly
Vol. X, Nr. 3 (July 2010)

Once again, the future of NATO is at stake. What will the post-Afghanistan Transatlantic alliance look like? What will its roles and missions be? Some advocate a return to the traditional North Atlantic focus, while others call for an even more globally active - and proactive - alliance policy.


The new NATO Strategic Concept will supply the answers and chart the alliance's course over the next decade or so.


The world has changed since the end of the Cold War. Illusions of a safer, gentler world order have been torn to shreds, not only by the dramatic events of a single day in 2001, but by years of low- to medium-intensity terrorism in Europe and around the world. London and Madrid, Bali and Mumbai are only the better known of countless incidents.


At the other end of the threat spectrum loom nuclear ambitions by nations such as Iran and North Korea, as well as the - to phrase it diplomatically - growing assertiveness of Russia and the People's Republic of China.


The Alliance's next major Strategic Concept will be determined at the upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon, planned for 18-19 November 2010. And this issue of Hampton Roads International Security Quarterly provides you the advanced intelligence about the new Strategic Concept: What fundamental issues need to be addressed? What will the Strategic Concept contain? What is the cost of failure? Who determines what goes into the document?


Six renowned experts - military, government, and academia - provide first-hand insight. Three background documents round out the picture.