Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 10 – October 2016

Since its creation, NATO has tremendously changed. Starting from an Alliance that connected Western Europe with North America to deter threats coming from the USSR, NATO has come to encompass more and more members over the years. Beyond the expansion of the membership, the Allies also aimed at spreading their security ideal further, forced to acknowledge that their safety was vulnerable to the stability of other regions. With threats arising in its direct proximity, NATO thus set up the Partnership for Peace and the Mediterranean Dialogue  to enhance cooperation on tackling threats arising in the broad European and North African regions.

However, NATO has become increasingly vulnerable to attacks coming from farther, as illustrated by the 9/11 attacks. In light of this, handpicked countries, referred to as ‘Partners across the Globe’, have been given preferential terms to cooperate on key security issues with NATO.

The first article discusses the partnership with Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan; the second focuses on Japan’s and South Korea’s bond with the Alliance; and the third dwells on the cooperation between the Allies, Australia and New Zealand.


  • Shifting the Sands of the Transatlantic Bond

Mr. Roger Hilton analyzes the partnerships that tie NATO with Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and which aims at tackling terrorism at the source.

  • Extending the Bond Eastward

Mrs. Floor Doppen studies the partnership between NATO, Japan and South Korea, which emerged in reaction to North Korea’s nuclear threats.

  • Australia and New Zealand: Pacific Countries, Atlantic Partners

Mr. Matt Bowers  discusses the bond that Australia and New Zealand share with the Allies, which is based on governance similarities as well as comparable security threats and a commitment to global security.

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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