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Friday 25 May 2012
New Research Division Publication
- NDC Research Report: "The Transatlantic Link after Chicago", by Karl-Heinz Kamp
Even almost a year after US Defense Minister Gates’ farewell address sounded a “wake-up call” on the stability of the transatlantic link and the need for more balanced burden-sharing, NATO seems to have carefully avoided tackling the points the Minister brought up. Even at the recent NATO summit in Chicago, the transatlantic relationship did not make the official agenda of the event.
This new paper by the Research Division deals with the future of the transatlantic link after Chicago. It defines the challenges for the Alliance as a result of the financial crisis, arguing in favour of “Smart Reductions” (in addition to Smart Defence), of keeping up NATO’s interoperability, and of a broader strategic perspective which some of the European Allies are lacking.