EPRS Strategy By / July 15, 2022

NATO and European defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The thirty NATO member states agreed on 29 June to invite Finland and Sweden to join the Western military alliance, accepting the Nordic countries’ accession bids, which came after Russia launched its war on Ukraine nearly five months ago.

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Written by Marcin Grajewski.

The thirty NATO member states agreed on 29 June to invite Finland and Sweden to join the Western military alliance, accepting the Nordic countries’ accession bids, which came after Russia launched its war on Ukraine nearly five months ago. The June NATO Summit in Madrid also endorsed a new Strategic Concept and branded the Russian Federation as ‘the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area’. NATO also agreed to boost significantly its defence capabilities and offer more support for Ukraine.

This note gathers links to the recent publications and commentaries from many international think tanks on the NATO Summit and on European defence.

Summit speed read: How the G7 and NATO pushed back on Putin
Atlantic Council, July 2022

The triumphs and question marks from this week’s NATO summit
Atlantic Council, July 2022

Scowcroft strategy scorecard: NATO’s Strategic Concept clear on threats, but will require sustained commitment from Alliance
Atlantic Council, July 2022

Americans’ preparedness to pay a price for supporting Ukraine remains robust
Brookings Institution, July 2022

La Boussole stratégique de l’UE répond-elle aux énigmes existentielles de la défense européenne?
Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité, July 2022

NATO after Madrid: How much deterrence and defence on the eastern flank?
Centre for Eastern Studies, July 2022

Why Sweden and Finland joining NATO makes perfect sense
Heritage Foundation, July 2022

NATO’s new Strategic Concept: Novelties and priorities
Istituto Affari Internazionali, July 2022

Russia on NATO Enlargement to Sweden and Finland
Polish Institute of International Affairs, June 2022

It’s the national security, stupid
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2022

Explaining Turkish foreign policy moves in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2022

Our experts decipher NATO’s new Strategic Concept
Atlantic Council, June 2022

Blinken: NATO is ‘more united, more focused’ after historic summit
Atlantic Council, June 2022

NATO priorities: Initial lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war
Atlantic Council, June 2022

What Turkey won with its NATO leverage
Atlantic Council, June 2022

European security after NATO’s Madrid summit
Brookings Institution, June 2022

Strategic responsibility: Rebalancing European and trans-Atlantic defense
Brookings Institution, June 2022

Strengthening the US and NATO defense postures in Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Brookings Institution, June 2022

America’s real deterrence problem
Brookings Institution, June 2022

NATO and the EU’s strength lies in their unity
Carnegie Europe, June 2022

NATO and the EU need a strategy for Eastern Europe
Carnegie Europe, June 2022

Is Europe serious about defense?
Carnegie Europe, June 2022

NATO 2030: Towards a new strategy
Centre for Eastern Studies, June 2022

NATO must now transform old missions into new strategy
Chatham House, June 2022

NATO knows Asia is vital to protecting global security
Chatham House, June 2022

NATO must prioritize climate change as a security issue
Chatham House, June 2022

NATO countries signal resolve at summit: What does it mean for Russia?
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2022

How NATO will change if Finland and Sweden become members
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2022

The G7, NATO, and the future of the West
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2022

Sweden and Finland steering towards NATO, absent anchorage in Ankara
Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, June 2022

NATO: Addressing the alliance’s southern flank, keeping an eye on the geopolitical ball
Friends of Europe, June 2022

Why America won’t turn to isolationism
German Council on Foreign Relations, June 2022

Moving towards coherence NATO policy on Artificial Intelligence and innovation
Globsec, June 2022

NATO summit Madrid: Reinforcing deterrence at this crucial time is in the U.S. national interest
Heritage Foundation, June 2022

Will Switzerland move closer to NATO?
Heritage Foundation, June 2022

NATO southern flank matters more than ever, but who will fix it?
Heritage Foundation, June 2022

OTAN: les enjeux du Sommet de Madrid
Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques, June 2022

L’OTAN: transformation et plasticité
Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire, June 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine: Large-scale war and NATO
International Centre for Defence and Security, June 2022

The new NATO Strategic Concept and the end of arms control
International Institute for Strategic Studies, June 2022

NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept: Change, continuity and implications
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, June 2022

Operationalizing cyberspace as a military domain: Lesson for NATO
Rand Corporation, June 2022

Rethinking nuclear deterrence: A European perspective
Brussels School of Governance May 2022

NATO, the EU and the return of collective defence
Brussels School of Governance May 2022

Spain and NATO: 40 years
Fundacion Real Instituto Elcano, May 2022

Fostering NATO expansion and enlargement
German Marshall Fund May 2022


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