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Towards a New Strategic Concept: Re-Imagining the Alliance, Spring 2010

Towards a New Strategic Concept: Re-Imagining the Alliance, Spring 2010

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, currently operates within the framework of a strategic concept that was agreed upon in 1999. Since then, the challenges faced by NATO have changed dramatically. The terrorist attacks of 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a shift from conventional to asymmetric warfare, NATO’s ongoing enlargement, new developments in communication technologies, and a re-assertive Russia have all played a role in changing the paradigms of the strategic...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 September 2010

Turkey-NATO Relations and NATO's New Strategic Concept, Spring 2010

Turkey-NATO Relations and NATO's New Strategic Concept, Spring 2010

In the period after the Cold War when the concept of geopolitics was redefined within the framework of new dynamics, new opportunities and horizons arose for Turkey. Turkey has accordingly taken on new responsibilities in world politics. With the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, Turkey ceased to be in the position of a flank country of the North Atlantic Alliance and instead was positioned in the center of the Eurasian belt connecting Europe to Asia, and thus gained a greater role and importance. ...

Vecdi Gönül | 05 September 2010

The Long Road, Spring 2010

The Long Road, Spring 2010

As the 21st Century continues to unfold and NATO’s civilian leaders press on with crafting a new Strategic Concept, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, reflects on the myriad challenges faced by NATO, the most successful alliance in human history, and the many opportunities NATO has to serve as a worthy partner on the long road to peace, security, and prosperity.  

James G. Stavridis | 05 September 2010

The Canada - Turkey Defense Partnership and the Future of NATO, Spring 2010

The Canada - Turkey Defense Partnership and the Future of NATO, Spring 2010

As NATO allies that are not in the European Union, Canada and Turkey share an interest in preserving the Alliance as the premier transatlantic body for defense dialogue and cooperation. On future membership, NATO as an institution must provide reasonable, pre-accession programs that strengthen security and encourage reform. Whether in the Balkans, Central Europe, Ukraine or Georgia, the Alliance should remain open to all those who share our values and are ready to contribute to Euro-Atlantic...

Peter Mackay | 05 September 2010

NATO’s Enlargement Policy in the post-Cold War Era, Spring 2010

NATO’s Enlargement Policy in the post-Cold War Era, Spring 2010

The purpose of this article is not to address every aspect of the change taking place in NATO but rather to focus on the enlargement and globalization policy of NATO, which is one of the more important dimensions of the change it has undergone. NATO enlargement policies not only reunite a fragmented Europe that won its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and strengthen European security, but also create an environment of joint action against the threats listed above by...

Vahit Erdem | 05 September 2010

What Will Be in NATO's New Strategic Concept?, Spring 2010

What Will Be in NATO's New Strategic Concept?, Spring 2010

Just as the ability to learn is more important than what we actually know, so the ability of the new Strategic Concept to engage NATO in a permanent process of self-examination and strategic versatility may be more important than the immediate vision which is set out. That will also determine whether this next Strategic Concept will prove to be more enduring and influential than its predecessors.  

Jamie Shea | 05 September 2010

NATO's New Strategic Concept - Inspired by the Masses?, Spring 2010

NATO's New Strategic Concept - Inspired by the Masses?, Spring 2010

Dr Stefanie Babst, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, discusses the public discussion about NATO’s new Strategic Concept following the Secretary General’s decision that NATO should engage the broader publics in both member and partner countries about the Alliance’s future direction in a transparent and participatory manner. More than two hundred thousand people followed and participated in this first-ever broad-based discussion that NATO...

Stefanie Babst | 05 September 2010

South Caucasus: More Secure with the New NATO Strategic Concept?, Spring 2010

South Caucasus: More Secure with the New NATO Strategic Concept?, Spring 2010

For many years, the idea that NATO would address the security concerns of the South Caucasus and particularly Georgia vis-à-vis Russia erroneously held sway. Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not want to see any of its neighbors as a NATO member. While Armenia and Azerbaijan largely benefited from NATO military training programs and remained safe, Georgia's increasing cooperation with NATO worsened its relations with Russia and resulted in full-scale armed conflict. The New...

Mahir Zeynalov | 05 September 2010

What Does Security Mean for Romania?, Spring 2010

What Does Security Mean for Romania?, Spring 2010

This article elaborates on Romania’s view on security, and the principles Romania wants to be included in NATO’s New Strategic Concept. It is clear that old historical fears still influence Romania’s foreign policy and its stand in the process of elaboration of NATO’s New Strategic Concept. Security at the eastern border is of crucial importance for Romania. The same goes for the open doors policy, which Romania wants to be continued, even if Russia is, to say the least,...

Carmen Gavrila | 05 September 2010

Where is NATO in Turkey?, Spring 2010

Where is NATO in Turkey?, Spring 2010

This article will be an overview of the current debates about NATO in general that are held in Turkish media. Especially after September 2009, relations between NATO and Turkey have entered a new era because of the "new" foreign policy of Turkey under the AKP government, Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and due to the ‘new’ structuring inside the NATO with the "New Strategic Concept’" This article will focus on the most heated topics about NATO in...

Nazife Ece | 05 September 2010

How Success in Afghanistan can be Defined and What is at Stake for the Transatlantic Alliance?, Spring 2010

How Success in Afghanistan can be Defined and What is at Stake for the Transatlantic Alliance?, Spring 2010

This article aims to explain how “success” can be conceptualized within the context of Afghanistan and explores the potential risks that the Transatlantic Alliance is about to face. The article consists of four parts. The first part contemplates upon the term “success” in Afghanistan and evaluates the efforts of the Transatlantic Alliance. The second part focuses on the lessons learned in the war on terror leading to the third part where NATO’s new approach in...

Baybars Orsek | 05 September 2010

The Democratic Initiative and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey Since 2009, Spring 2010

The Democratic Initiative and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey Since 2009, Spring 2010

In his article, Önder Aytaç offers a brainstorming session on the “Kurdish issue”. Analyzing the “democratic initiative” introduced by the Justice and Development Party, Aytaç argues that this enterprise carries a potential to remedy the problems caused by the war against terror. To expect that a problem which has become a menacing trouble for the past 25 years to be solved in just one or two years can only be a dream. Only if full harmony can be...

Onder Aytac | 05 September 2010

Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future

Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future

Excerpted from Stephen Kinzer’s latest book, “Reset: Iran, Turkey and Ameri- ca’s Future,” this piece evaluates Turkey’s foreign policy orientation with a fo- cus on Turkey’s relations with the EU, the U.S., and Middle Eastern countries. According to Kinzer, “Turkey is no longer on the edge of anything. Instead it is once again what this piece of geography has been since time immemo- rial: the epicenter of the immense Eurasian landmass. The combination...

Stephen Kinzer | 05 September 2010

Book Review - Turkey's Engagement with Modernity: Conflict and Change in the Twentieth Century, Spring 2010

Book Review - Turkey's Engagement with Modernity: Conflict and Change in the Twentieth Century, Spring 2010

Based on the outcome of a conference of the University of Oxford’s Program on Contemporary Turkey, “Turkey’s Engagement with Modernity” provides the reader with profound knowledge on important issues such as the emergence of the Turkish state from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and the country’s ideological, economic, cultural and social history. Being a compilation rather than the work of one scholar, the book includes multiple and even contesting voices, offering...

Oğuz Alyanak & Defne Kadıoğlu | 05 September 2010

Getting to Zero, Spring 2010

Getting to Zero, Spring 2010

This section comprises of the summary of the report published in 3 June 2010 by the Transatlantic Academy. The report explores issues such as economy, energy, democracy promotion and migration in Turkey’s neighborhood at “a new era of regional diplomacy” and evaluates the impact of Davutğlu’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy. Calling on Turkey’s foreign policy to be analyzed “on its own terms,” the report incorporates the effect of...

Transatlantic Academy | 05 September 2010

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