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“NATO2030 at Brussels Forum”
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2021
Together with its designated members, Atlantic Treaty Association is the 'event's Ambassador' of the public diplomacy event, that will be held in relation to NATO Summit, on 14 June in Brussels. NATO’s Heads of State and Government will discuss the future of transatlantic relations and the security challenges the Alliance will face in the coming decade. On this occasion, in cooperation with the The German Marshall Fund of the United States, NATO PDD will organize a public diplomacy event 'NATO 2030 Brussels Forum', that will feature conversations with government leaders, international experts, representatives from civil society, the private sector and young professionals. They will hold future-oriented discussions on NATO’s priorities for the next decade and beyond. If you wish to participate in this event, register here: On the following link, you can find a video:…/1HzOKABxiurz0BkMOcqQc7JlDkd…/view and more about the whole event, you can find out here: Follow Atlantic Treaty Association social media channels and find out news in relation to this event.
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Atlantic Treaty Association’s new project “ATA TALKS- NATO 2030” What the Next Generation has to say about NATO’s Future
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2021
A project sponsored and supported by NATO PDD with the main topic: “NATO 2030 – ATA TALKS” started on Tuesday 6 April 2021. This event focused on NATO’s “next generation” the rising generation of NATO citizens and what their vision is for a future NATO. The vision for the future by the “NextGen” was represented by members of the ATA’s youth wing - YATA. Under the topic of the first online conference: “NATO 2030 – What the Next Generation has to say about NATO’s Future” and through discussions by moderator Juxhina Gjoni, President YATA, hosted by Krista Mulenok the Vice President of ATA with experts’ presentations, ATA and YATA contributes to exchanging ideas, knowledge and opinions giving new perspectives of security challenges and threats. Speaker at this online conference was Nicola de Santis, Head of engagement section of Public Diplomacy Division. He discussed with YATA chapter representatives about the future of NATO, providing new information and predictions. By organizing this online conference, ATA gave the opportunity to young members, to discuss and understand NATO values and core principles. Since NATO, as an Alliance and a military-political organization, will continue to play a key role as an effective crisis manager and as a framework for security cooperation across the Euro-Atlantic area, the opinion of the people and especially the opinion of the young people should help to form the alliance to meet the future challenges. According to Mr. de Santis "renovation and renewal in order to preserve the values ​​that characterize the alliance is important, therefore the engagement of the next generation will provide new ideas and fresh thinking on how-to strengthen the alliance to meet the challenges of the next decade. As he mentioned, because in our history, in our common heritage and civilization of our people we find the roots of our future and also, we found answers….. Institutional memory is very important to guide our future". In this webinar, the youth of the ATA had the opportunity to present their vision of NATO in the years ahead – the challenges to come and how NATO should adapt to meet those challenges. Since, NATO’s core values and beliefs, such as liberty, democracy, human rights, and rule of law, are important for making a string among the Allies, they show NATO’s commitment to make the Alliance even more strengthened in the future. During the Q&A session YATA organised a round of brief remarks from 7 national chapters. These chapters in their remarks mentioned the importance of NATO for their countries of origin and for their own association. In the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the alliance the national chapters shared their remarks on their events and activities they have done during this year in regards of sharing the transatlantic values.
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Atlantic Treaty Association’s new project “ATA TALKS- NATO 2030” “NATO 2030 - Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s past-visions for NATO’s Future”
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2021
“NATO 2030 - Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s past-visions for NATO’s Future” – online conference with key expert speakers: former NATO Secretaries-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as a part of the series of webinars “ATA TALKS” was held on 29 April 2021, organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association. The conference was chaired by Amb. Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and hosted by ATA Secretary General Monika Begovic Ph.D., with closing remarks made by ATA President Jim Townsend. The event is part of the project supported and sponsored by NATO PDD. Topics that were discussed were focused on NATO’s 72nd anniversary, NATO Summit, visions for NATO future and the Initiative NATO 2030. Distinguished former NATO Secretaries-General reflected on how NATO responds to challenges with lessons learned and reflection to the future, by highlighting the importance of the Alliance that comes from shared values and historic achievements, essential for Allies to defend their future together. It was an opportunity for all participants of this live event to reflect, to discuss and to tackle current challenges that present global security challenges.  The overarching goal of the project was to increase NATO visibility and to raise awareness on the new wider tasks, as outlined by the NATO. The project has proved that NATO is an active and leading contributor to peace and security on the international stage. As Amb. Baiba Braže said, "NATO guarantee peace and security in our countries". In the same line, Mr. Rasmussen said that "the Article 5 is the most important about the security of the members". Also, NATO, promotes democratic values and is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. So, it is important for the future to make this strong alliance even stronger. NATO’s 72nd anniversary must seal that NATO continues to adapt to keep the world safe and that it is ready today to meet tomorrow’s challenges, having learned from the past. In the future, it is more than important all the Allies to stay united, working together to ensure peace. What is positive for the future is NATO’s Open-Door Policy, which gives an opportunity for NATO to establish and acquire new allies. According to Amb. Baiba Braže, "Balkans is a priority division, western Balkans are important and that is why we have new allies from these area like North Macedonia". Participants, with their questions, showed their special interest in how NATO 2030 Initiative will contribute to strengthening NATO global role in military and political aspect. Special accent was on youth, on younger generations and their understanding of Alliance’s mission. In this context Amb. Baiba Braže, mentioned that "young people know less about NATO, also knowledge is less compatible with other age groups, so young people are a priority". In the same line of thought, Mr. Rasmussen pointed out: "what ATA should do is to strengthen their efforts into educating young generation about security and defence and why NATO still exists". Mr. Rasmussen said that "NATO needs to devote more resources to public diplomacy, as communication is the only way to tackle misinformation". Mr. Hoop Scheffer pointed out "the importance of the transatlantic bond, that is again becoming stronger, thus becomes a guarantor of peace and stability for NATO member countries". Mr. Hoop Scheffer was added also that "the EU must be a strategic force capable of projecting its strength in line with NATO's strategic strength and leaving beyond its own slogans for its strategic autonomy". Concluding, Amb. Baiba Braže, said that "ATA is an organization, a collection, of people passionate about what NATO is, pointing out that ATA is reborn". Atlantic Treaty Association, in its additional role as a think tank that gathers experts in the field of international security, will continues in its efforts in observing developments in security area and will continue with activities in promoting transatlantic values and importance of NATO. ATA, in order to further strengthening transatlantic bond, plans to organize and prepare more similar integrated projects in the future on current issues. As Mr. Jim Townsend, ATA President said, "ATA looks forward to webinars within ‘ATA TALKS’ in the future".       The video of the whole conference can be found here
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Atlantic Treaty Association's new project “ATA TALKS”
PUBLISHED: November 30, 2020
A project sponsored by NATO PDD “ATA TALKS” with the main topic: “NATO resilience - predictions after Covid-19 pandemic” started on Friday 27 November 2020 with the first online conference. This project has the aim to show that NATO’s ability to conduct operations has not been undermined in new circumstances and that NATO still keeps inevitable and irreplaceable role in modern world that is going through many changes. Under the topic of the first online conference: “NATO 2030 – pandemic as new security challenge in interconnected world”, and through moderated discussions by moderator Jamie Shea, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO HQ, with experts’ presentations, ATA contributes to exchanging ideas, knowledge and opinions giving new perspectives of security challenges and threats. Speakers at this online conference were: Stefano Pilotto, professor of International Relations at MIB School of Management in Trieste, PhD, Burcu San, Director for Operations, NATO HQ and Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe. They opened the insight into contemporary topics on international security in new circumstances the world lives in now, providing new information and predictions. Ms. Rose said there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, referring to the vaccine being available soon, which will put an end to the pandemic, but only if people would be disciplined enough. “It is therefore needed that we start to work on education, to raise the awareness on the importance of the science”, Ms. Rose stressed, adding that the transatlantic community was in a way ready for pandemic, however it was disbelief in the beginning that made the authorities react slower and allowing virus to spread faster. “That is what made us unprepared”, Ms Rose added. Prof. Pilotto mentioned the impact of the pandemic to democracy, saying we live in a complex situation with the new kind of enemy. Prof. Pilotto has also agreed that the response was slow in the beginning, but “many nations showed solidarity”, he added, concluding that we need to find a long-term solution, that will also help economic recovery. Ms San talked about NATO resilience, that is a core values since its existence, incorporated into Article 3 of the Alliance’s founding Treaty. “It was proved in this pandemic that NATO member countries need to be resilient to resist and fast recover from different threats and challenges, in combination with civil preparedness”, Ms. Rose stressed. It was concluded that today’s security environment is unpredictable and in contemporary international relations, states especially need to be persistent in fighting disinformation. Atlantic Treaty Association, as is in its vision and mission, continues with activities in promoting transatlantic values and importance of NATO, while fostering transatlantic bond. With this aim, the second online conference within “ATA TALKS” will be held on 4 December, when there will be a discussion on the “role of NATO in boosting resilience of societies and fight against disinformation.”
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The Alliance in the Pandemic Chaos and the Role of the NATO SFA CoE
PUBLISHED: June 29, 2020
Interview with the President of ATA, Fabrizio W. Luciolli by NATO SFA CoE  A strand of RNA, encapsulated by four proteins with a total diameter six hundred times less than a human hair, has produced the most serious crisis since the post-war, affecting a system of institutions, political, economic and social relations, which were not vaccinated against biological threats. THE PANDEMIC CRISIS HAD AN IMPACT ON NATO’S ACTIVITIES.  HOW DO YOU SEE THE ALLIANCE’S RESPONSE TO THIS NEW CHALLENGE? Unlike other international organizations, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has strengthened the Atlantic Alliance, which reacted with a strong spirit of solidarity. Upon overcoming the first impact, NATO has quickly responded to the Allied needs, adapting its complex political-military organization to support civil efforts and activating the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) to coordinate the air transport of doctors, patients, medical devices and field hospitals. Since 2010, article 15 of the Strategic Concept includes “health risks” in NATO’s security scenario. However, biological threats directly undermine national security and must be addressed with specific strategies that cannot be generically framed within the environment of hybrid threats. Covid-19 has also produced relevant effects on all three of NATO’s fundamental tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. In the new context of global bio-insecurity, the concept of resilience embodied in Article 3 of the Treaty must be revised in a more rigorous way. Therefore, the protection of NATO forces in operation, as well as the preservation of critical national assets and supply chains, require more attention. HOW IS THE WASHINGTON TREATY RESPONDING TO THE PANDEMIC SECURITY ENVIRONMENT? The pandemic crisis offers further prominence to article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to the political dimension of the Alliance, which confirms itself as the irreplaceable forum for transatlantic consultation on security issues. Moreover, in the current security scenario, article 5 and the core principle of collective defence implies a broader and more demanding solidarity commitment. In fact, in a global pandemic crisis, NATO most likely would not be called upon to intervene in defence of a conventional aggression to a single allied country. Probably, it would be requested to provide all 30 Allies with the necessary support against a biological agent. In this context, the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Forces in Europe (SHAPE) could be further engaged in early warning, situation awareness and air transport for monitoring threats originating from agents of a biological nature, as well as for the planning and managing of complex operations in support of civilian authorities. THE CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE ALLIANCE WITH THEIR EXPERTISE. WHICH ARE THE MAIN TOOLS THEY COULD USE IN THE CURRENT SITUATION? Since the end of the Cold War, NATO devoted its major efforts to the Eastern flank. However, the 360-degree approach of the Alliance underlined the relevance of projecting stability to the Southern Flank, from where many of the threats and challenges to the Alliance’s security arise. Thus, NATO needs to develop a greater understanding of the Southern Flank to project stability by using the wide range of tools at its disposal. In the current security landscape, Covid-19 could seriously impact the fragile institutions and health system of the African countries, with serious consequences on the political and social stability of the region. In this perspective, Security Force Assistance can play a crucial role in assisting Host Nations’ governments and security forces in coping with the disease. These efforts can have a dual beneficial effect: on the one hand, it will improve the conditions of the local population with the possible implementation of effective health protocols combined with the provision of medical equipment. On the other hand, it will indirectly provide NATO troops with an additional shield against the disease through the improvement of the general health conditions in the operational environment. In this context the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence (NATO SFA COE) can play a key role, thanks to its ability and experience in involving various civilian and military actors in defence and security capability development forums and its link with other COEs for facilitating NATO’s actions towards fragile countries in need of assistance. In this regard, it is important to recall the experience identified by NATO and its member countries to build sustainable and long-lasting medical capabilities, including the provision of services to support, facilitate and contribute to the enhancement of the Host Nation and the development of sustainable capacities. The Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS), the NATO Centre of Excellence of military medicine and the recent Multinational Medical Coordination Centre, could contribute to the definition of protocols and standards (STANAG) for NATO’s National military Healthcare. In addition, the Science and technology organization (STO), the Science for peace and security program (SPS) and NATO Centres of Excellence (such as the one for CBRN defence and the Alliance’s database of over six thousand scientists) constitute other bodies, with different responsibilities, which can work in synergy and offer wide margins of development if supported by adequate investments and resources. IN YOUR OPINION, HOW SHOULD NATO AND EU FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR RELATIONSHIP? Cooperation between NATO, the European Union and the United Nations in the areas of prevention, research, monitoring and resilience is also crucial to develop and apply severe regulations to effectively track hazardous and biological materials, as well as to ensure the compliance with bio‑safety standards of the laboratories treating microorganisms. Nevertheless, the new wider NATO commitments cannot distract the Allies from the fundamental tasks of deterrence and defence towards the assertive posture of the Russian Federation and from the threats and risks originating from proliferation, terrorism, disruptive technologies and cyber space. Moreover, China could exploit the pandemic and economic crisis, for predatory interests on Western strategic assets and companies. Furthermore, NATO and the EU are called upon to strengthen cooperation in countering the growing misinformation and disinformation campaigns implemented by Moscow, Beijing, and other non-state actors, through the pervasive and uncontrolled use of modern social media. Finally, NATO’s increased role and experience in support of civil authorities may constitute an extraordinary added value to re-launch the partnerships in the regions of the Middle East and Northern Africa, which are structurally fragile in facing a pandemic crisis. In several regions, the EU covers areas of operations not covered by NATO, such as the EUTM missions conducted mostly in sub-Saharan Africa (EUTM-Mali, EUTM-Somalia, EUTM RCA, EUCAP Sahel Niger and Mali). While these missions are conducted under the EU political direction, from an operational point of view they share many characteristics of the NATO’s SFA activities. In other cases, the EU works in close cooperation with NATO to strengthen institutions and legitimate political authority in complementary and non-redundant activities, such as the European Assistant Mission (EUAM) Iraq, aimed at offering assistance to the implementation of civilian goals within the Security Sector Reform Program (SSRP) and NATO Training Mission in Iraq which is designed to help strengthen Iraqi security forces and military education institutions. The two missions are addressing specific audiences and activities, sometimes overlapping to avoid uncovered areas: the EUAM is focused mainly on internal and civilian security aspects, and the NATO Training Mission is dedicated to the defence aspects. In this context, the NATO SFA COE can play an important role in facilitating the common efforts, such as offering advanced training and education for institutional, military and civilian advisors and providing in-depth analysis and assessment support, either in the early stages of Security Force Assistance missions or during their execution and Transition phases. CONCLUSION Over seventy years after its establishment, NATO proved to be the Organization that adapted itself to respond to the new challenges of a changing security environment quicker than any other multilateral institution. However, in the current complex and demanding scenario it is vital that the Alliance is provided with the necessary capabilities and financial resources to continue operating effectively and to prevent a global health crisis from becoming a security crisis affecting the security of our citizens, territories and fundamental freedoms. DOWNLOAD the article
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
New Geopolitics After Covid-19
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2020
HIGHLIGHTS FULL ONLINE CONFERENCE The COVID-19 pandemic changes and challenges our lives in more than one way. It has pushed almost every person on the planet to narrow their focus on how to get by day after day. In response to the public health crisis, countries across the world have closed their borders to try to limit the transmission and protect themselves. This lockdown has put both globalization and economies under suspension. Many experts warn that the public health crisis we face today will inevitably become an economic crisis in the following months but potentially a national security issue as well. Countries around the world are trying to curb the economic consequences of this pandemic by providing relief for their economies, including the United States, which recently passed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion stimulus in an effort to stabilize the markets. On the other hand, the COVID-19 pandemic seems as a “make or break” challenge for the EU. Member countries which have been most affected by the devastating consequences of the coronavirus accuse the block of a lack of solidarity. Others have called upon for a more coordinated international response through NATO, G7, G20, etc. It seems that coronavirus plants the new crop of instabilities that potentially has the power to rearrange the world system we know today. As it happens with the crisis of this scale, the pandemic will aggravate some of the negative developments such as shrinking of global economy, state collapse, migrations, the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism, etc. With western democracies struggling to contain the virus and its consequences, many have praised Chinese response and other authoritarian regimes’ strategies in tackling the crisis. Both China and Russia have seized the momentum and emerged as international benefactors, sending medical equipment, supplies, and human resources to the affected countries. Did these contingents of medical equipment and supplies that Italy received contain only that, or as some experts warn the additional spi(c)es came along as well? In countries such as Serbia, people and authorities are praising China and its help, pushing aside the EU and calling European solidarity a fairy tale on paper. On the other hand, many leaders with authoritarian inclinations have used this crisis to fortify their positions and concentrate even more powers in their own hands (look no further than Hungary). These and many other arising security issues has been the center of this didital conversation. (acm)
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YATA Visit JFC Naples
PUBLISHED: February 6, 2020
Story by Diana Sodano JFC Naples Public Affairs NAPLES, Italy- A delegation of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) visited Allied Joint Force Command Naples on February 5. Link
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Changing Security Dynamics of Black Sea and Caspian Basin
PUBLISHED: December 25, 2019
Changing Security Dynamics of Black Sea and Caspian Basin Countries in Light of their Partnership policy with NATO and Other International Players. International Conference, Istanbul October 6-9. The book contains the materials of the International Conference organised in Istanbul under the umbrella of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) by Dr. Elkhan Mehdiyev and devoted partly to NATO’s 25th year of partnership with former soviet bloc countries. One of the objective of the Conference was to analyze and assess NATO’s cooperation directions with partner nations and identify “which factors matter for further promotion of integrated relations with NATO and other Western institutions”. Alongside with Black Sea countries, Central Asian countries partnership programs with NATO, both in Afghanistan and on bilateral basis, have been addressed. The International Conference has much focused on the related development in the Black Sea within the context of Russian-Ukrainian hostile relations, perspectives of peace and war in a separatist driven violent conflicts in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Energy security issues running through the region to Europe have taken important part of the conference as well. The International Conference had a large Women, Peace and Security panel where women activists across the region and OSCE ODHIR Office addressed gender equality, human rights, peace building activities, opportunities and challenges for women civil society organizations in their interaction with the security sector. Transitions experiences of former soviet and current NATO members’ have also been addressed as a better expertise for partner nations. From this perspective, the International Conference was rich in discussing and debating the outstanding issues in the wider area of Black Sea and Caspian basin. Some articles presented in the publication, are purely research-based academic papers but at the same time some are the result of observations of the authors. While not all the participants expressed their desire to have their papers published the majority of presented papers are included into the book. The publication of the book of the International Conference has been sponsored by Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. It represents an additional source for better understanding the ongoing development in the entire region. Download the book of the International Conference here.
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65th General Assembly
PUBLISHED: October 5, 2019
The ATA 65th General Assembly took place in Brussels, at NATO Headquarters, on 7-8 November. H.E. Amb. Tacan Ildem, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, and Dr. Nicola De Santis, Head of the Engagemets Section of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division addressed the ATA Council Meeting. A Strategic Review to adapt ATA to effectively meet the wider new tasks of the present times has been presented by Mr. Theodossios Georgiou, President of the Greek Association for Euroatlantic and European Cooperation and Mr. James J. Townsend, Adjunct Senior Fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program and fmr US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europan and NATO Policy.
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ATA NATO Runs throughout the network!
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2019
The ATA NATO RUN project is part of the ATA initiatives for celebrating the NATO 70th Anniversary. ATA chose to contribute to the NATO@70 communications activities by organizing a series of community events in 4 Countries to raise awareness about NATO & EU values among a broader public. The sport events took place on April 6th in Tirana and Skopje, in April 21st in Estonia and on June 9th in Georgia.   A team of 4 runners for Country who won the national Runs, will have the possibility to participate inthe NATO RUN in Budapest, which will take place on October 19th.   More than 1.900 runners took part to the four ATA RUNs in four different Countries (300 in Skopje, 630 in Tirana, 700 in Tallinn and 200 in Lagodekhi) with almost 5.000 spectators.   The events were supported by Municipalities, local EU and NATO liaison Offices, Military Police and Athletic Federations and involved participation of high-level figures as Ministers of Defense, Chiefs of General Staff of the Army, Mayors, Representatives from NATO offices, as well as representatives from most of the military-diplomatic corps and media.   The events were extensively promoted on media and social media in local languages. Additional information can be found on National Associations websites and Facebook pages:  YATA Albania   Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA)  YATA Georgia  Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia 
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The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an organization of 37 national chapters that, since 1954 has been conducting analyses, training, education, and information activities on foreign affairs and security issues relevant to the Atlantic Alliance. ATA draws together political leaders, diplomats, civilian and military officers, academics, economic actors as well as young professionals and students in an effort to further the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.