Atlantic Voices, Volume 5, Issue 9 – September 2015

First and foremost, NATO seeks to secure the Euro-Atlantic region. First built to encompass countries on both sides of the Atlantic, the Alliance came to incorporate more and more members for the reason that its security does not solely depend on itself but require global cooperation. Indeed, it is often that threats rise beyond the borders of a defined area, meaning that they are not directly controllable. A unilateral approach was first used in the hope that hard power would suffice to destroy those foreign problems. In light of the limited results this approach brought, the emphasis was then put on cooperative security to engage those countries who are either also affected by those threats or within which the threats lie. Building on NATO’s experience  and values, several partnerships were put in place, first to the East, then to the South to counteract the multiple dangers located at NATO’s flanks.

The MENA region is in focus in this issue, as the region makes the headlines more and more due to its inherent instability. The three article dwell on the Alliance’s partnerships which all aim to stabilizing the other side of the Mediterranean. in the hope that it would also secure Europe and North America.


“Algeria’s Role in Europe’s Migrant Crisis”

Mr. Neil Thompson’s article specifically studies the working relationship NATO has built with Algeria, mostly at sea, to prevent illegal migration and human trafficking from reaching the European continent.

“The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: Bridging The Regional Gap”

Ms. Flora Pidoux  focuses on the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, a practical partnership aimed at enhancing cooperation at the military level between NATO and the Gulf countries.

Atlantic Voices is always seeking new contributors. If you are a young researcher, subject expert or professional and feel you have a valuable contribution to make to the debate, then please get in touch. We are looking for papers, essays, and book reviews on issues of importance to the NATO Alliance.

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