Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 03 – March 2016

Two years after the NATO Wales Summit which reshaped the Alliance and realigned the Allies around the traditional mandate of the organization, the 28 member states will gather this coming July in Warsaw, Poland.

Within those two years, many things have changed. NATO has recentered  itself around collective defence and cooperative security and put out-of-area missions aside in order to focus on its own security. Threatened to the East and to the South, the Alliance has been required to adapt to a fast-changing security environment which involves non-military threats. This has demanded for NATO’s original concepts to be adapted to today’s context, in order to include hybrid risks into the programs and missions to effectively tackle the dangers.

Broadly presented in the Wales Declaration, NATO’s priorities have been defined along the way ever since, be it through the development of new concepts or by the integration of new security concerns. The first article of this issue will dwell on the evolution of NATO’s discourse from the Wales Declaration to the Secretary General’s Annual Reports, while the second will focus on the implementation of the 2-20 defense pledge.


  • Charting the Way to Warsaw

Ms. Madeline Lichtfuss compares the programs outlined in the Wales   Declaration with the NATO Secretary General’s Annual Reports of 2014 and 2015 in an effort to determine the evolution of the Alliance’s priorities since September 2014 and what will be discussed in Warsaw next July.

  • The 2-20 Pledge Ahead of the Warsaw Summit

Mr. Mateusz Krupczynski analyzes the implementation of the defence spending increase the Allies pledged to implement at the NATO Wales Summit in 2014. He focuses on who has honored their pledge and why some have not, and discusses the implications of the pledge for Euro-Atlantic security.