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NATO at 70 [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary in April 2019, proud of its survival, durability and historic role in ensuring peace, notably during the Cold War. However, analysts and politicians stress that the military alliance must work hard to keep pace with a changing environment and new challenges of the 21st century, both geo-strategic and technological. Another major test is an uncertain commitment to NATO of Donald Trump, the current President of the United States.

This note offers links to commentaries and studies on NATO and European defence by major international think tanks. Earlier papers on European defence, focused on a planned U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’, published in February 2019.

NATO at 70: From triumph to tumult?
German Marshall Fund, April 2019

NATO at 70: Twilight years or a new dawn?
Centre for European Reform, April 2019

NATO just turned 70, and it’s showing its age
Carnegie Europe, April 2019

NATO at 70: Shaping the future for the next 70 years
Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 2019

NATO at 70: Celebration and introspection
European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2019

Don’t count on NATO to save liberal values
Chatham House, April 2019

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Council on Foreign Relations, April 2019

NATO at seventy: Filling NATO’s critical defense-capability gaps
Atlantic Council, April 2019

NATO at 70: A strategic partnership for the 21st century
German Marshall Fund, April 2019

After Crimea: Does NATO have the means to defend Europe?
European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2019

Beyond collective defense: How NATO can lead on 21st century challenges
Atlantic Council, April 2019

Europe whole and free: Why NATO’s open door must remain open
Brookings Institution, April 2019

To preserve NATO, Britain must help reinvent it
Chatham House, April 2019

3 ways Europe is looking at a fraying NATO
German Marshall Fund, April 2019

As NATO turns 70, the European security debate comes full circle
Council on Foreign Relations, April 2019

Europe in a multipolar missile world: Why the EU and NATO should not try to salvage the INF Treaty
Egmont, April 2019

Love me today, love me tomorrow? Millennials and NATO
Brookings Institution, April 2019

Brexit makes NATO even more important for the Atlantic
Chatham House, April 2019

L’état de la relation entre la Turquie et l’OTAN : Un engagement fragilisé
Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité, March 2019

European strategic autonomy: Actors, issues, conflicts of interests
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2019

Time for NATO to talk about China
Carnegie Europe, March 2019

Why and how NATO should adapt to a new Mediterranean security environment
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2019

NATO’s pointless burden-sharing debates: The need to replace a mathematically ridiculous 2% of GDP
Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 2019

Joining forces: The way towards the European Defence Union
European Political Strategy Centre, February 2019

Towards a more stable NATO-Russia relationship
Russian International Affairs Council, European Leadership Network, February 2019

State of disunion: Europe, NATO, and disintegrating arms control
European Council on Foreign Relations, February 2019

‘Fort Trump’ or bust?: Poland and the future of European defence
Friends of Europe, January 2019

Is NATO deterrence a paper tiger?
Carnegie Europe, January 2019

Der Balkan als integraler Teil einer gemeinsamen europäischen Sicherheitsarchitektur? Sicherheit, Rolle der NATO und der Auslandseinsätze des österreichischen Bundesheeres
Austrian Institute for International Affairs, January 2019

The future of NATO: Fog over the Atlantic?
Clingendael, December 2018

Reducing the risks of conventional deterrence in Europe: Arms control in the NATO-Russia contact zones
OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, December 2018

Offense as the new defense: New life for NATO’s cyber policy
German Marshall Fund, December 2018

Why the United States needs a cohesive NATO
German Marshall Fund, December 2018

Rising tensions between the West and Russia: what role for arms control?
Cligendael, December 2018

NATO needs a European level of ambition
Rand Corporation, December 2018

Rising tensions between the West and Russia: What role for arms control?
Clingendael, December 2018

NATO priorities after the Brussels summit
Atlantic Council, November 2018

NATO nuclear sharing and the future of nuclear deterrence in Europe
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, November 2018

Spending to defend: NATO and the EU’s new budget
European Council on Foreign Relations, November 2018

EU-NATO relations: A long-term perspective
Egmont, November 2018

Strategic autonomy: towards ‘European sovereignty’ in defence?
European Union Institute for Security Studies, November 2018

NATO’s return to the North Atlantic: Implications for the defense of Northern Europe
Finnish Institute of International Relations, November 2018

NATO‘s northeast quartet: Prospects and opportunities for Baltic-Polish defence cooperation
International Centre for Defence and Security, November 2018

The erosion of strategic stability and the future of arms control in Europe
Institut français des relations internationales, November 2018

The challenges of NATO nuclear policy: Alliance management under the Trump administration
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, October 2018

NATO nuclear sharing and the future of nuclear deterrence in Europe
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, October 2018

Pointing to the emerging Soviet dead ends:-NATO analysis of the Soviet economy, 1971-1982
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, October 2018

NATO in the Trump era: Surviving the crisis
Clingendael, September 2018

NATO after the Brussels summit: Bruised or emboldened?
German Marshall Fund, September 2018

Hard lessons from Brussels: The key challenges facing NATO
Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, September 2018

Russia and the Baltics: A testing ground for NATO–EU defence cooperation
Instituto Affari Internazionali, September 2018

Debating security plus: Conflict, competition and cooperation in an interconnected world
Friends of Europe, September 2018

Germany and European defence cooperation: A post-Atlantic turn?
Finnish Institute of International Cooperation, September 2018

NATO’s deterrence problem: An analog strategy for a digital age
Council on Foreign Relations, August 2018

Rediscovering geography in NATO defence planning
Egmont, August 2018

Read this briefing on ‘NATO at 70‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.



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