In the occasion of the Wales Summit 2014, ATA has published a dedicated monograph where high level policy makers and experts tackle the strategic issues of the summit. Titled Securing our World, the 2014 edition was distributed to all the delegations and representatives that were taking part to closed-doors discussions and parallel meetings that took place before and during the Summit.



11 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO

15 The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

17 Douglas E Lute, Permanent Representative for the United States to NATO



22 General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

25 Hon Dr Karl A Lamers MP, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association


Editor’s letter

27 Continued evolution

Simon Michell, Editor


NATO inside view

28 Tackling today’s challenges

Damon Wilson looks at ways in which NATO can adapt to the security challenges that are threatening its periphery today in order to stay relevant to the interests of its members

31 The enlargement conundrum – who’s next?

Terhi Suominen considers the potential costs and benefits of admitting aspirant members to NATO in the light of recent geopolitical developments, which have provoked fresh debate on the subject

34 Smart defence, connected forces and progressive policy

NATO’s response to the complexity of today’s security environment must involve culturally appropriate forces and look beyond military measures to social investment, says Hugh Segal


The security challenge


38 The looming threat of global instability

Jason Wiseman explores how NATO responds to political instability around the world, and how ATA fully supports its efforts by acting as a bridge between the Alliance and civil society

41 Why is the West failing in its relations with Russia?

Projecting a strong public image across the world will be crucial if NATO is to re-establish good relations with Russia, writes Solomon Passy

44 The United Kingdom and Afghanistan

As the deadline for withdrawal looms, Dennis Hartshorne analyses the United Kingdom’s objectives in Afghanistan, outlining the political and military approaches used to create stability

47 ATA’s role in the Mediterranean and Middle East

Having played a pivotal role in promoting dialogue in the Mediterranean and Middle East, ATA is set to intensify its efforts, explains Fabrizio W. Luciolli

50 Emerging security threats

The new security context, with particular regard to Russia, poses a number of short- and long-term challenges for the Alliance, explains Jamie Shea

54 Alliances and the Asian security dilemma

David Fouquet looks at NATO’s long-standing partnerships with countries throughout Asia, and the impact on these of a recent flare-up in tensions in the Asia-Pacific region Promoting NATO partnerships

57 Celebrating 20 years of the Partnership for Peace programme

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Partnership for Peace programme is still going strong, and has an expanding scope 60 Bridging the Mediterranean Sea Assessing the status of two key NATO regional partnership programmes: the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative

64 Best of both worlds

How do NATO’s Response Force and the European Union Battlegroups complement one another?


NATO operations worldwide


66 Safeguarding energy supplies

NATO and its partners are working to secure the safe transit of oil and gas to Europe, and in doing so, they are countering the threat of piracy

70 Confronting terrorism

Looking at the counterterrorism role of NATO’s Military Concept for Defence Against Terrorism

73 Moving forward on Kosovo

Reviewing the progress of the Alliance’s peacekeeping operation in Kosovo and what it means for the wider western Balkans

76 NATO’s disaster response

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre plays a pivotal role in providing assistance during civil emergencies, operating all year round

Strengthening military capabilities


80 Rebalancing NATO forces

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, what should the Alliance plan for as it contemplates its place in a dangerous 21st-century?

84 Closing the gap

Assessing NATO members’ capabilities following the launch of initiatives designed to increase European cooperation, thus reducing the reliance on US assets

88 Ramping up NATO cyber defence

Having recognised cyber as a major component of modern warfare through the adoption of a cyber defence policy, the focus is now on shared knowledge and interoperability

90 Taking the lead on cybersecurity

The United States’ cyber-protection policies offer safeguards for both business and government. What could NATO countries gain from such an approach?

92 NATO ballistic missile defence: is it achievable?

A defensive and offensive strategy, and robust situational awareness are essential for NATO to effectively respond to the growing threat from BMs

98 Upwardly mobile

NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution and HIP Helicopter Task Force are designed to plug the gaps in its airborne-transport capabilities

101 Air superiority

The Air Command and Control System initiative is a radical enhancement to NATO’s ability to safeguard European skies for many years to come

104 Alliance ISTAR

NATO’s Air Ground Surveillance programme enhances its ability to gather near real time data in order to follow events on the battlefield

111 Maritime projection

NATO members provide a suitably varied maritime capability to address the range of security threats at sea, but what ships will they need in the future?