“NATO 2030. United for a new era”: a Digest
On 25 November 2020 the independent Reflection Group, established by the NATO Secretary General following the December 2019 London Leaders meeting, released its report titled “NATO 2030: United for a New Era”.1 Composed of ten leading personalities,2 the Group was mandated to look at NATO’s current and future role and suggest recommendations on how to reinforce Alliance unity, political consultation between Allies, and NATO’s political role.
The initiative came implicitly as a response to the French President’s statement about NATO being “brain dead”, made in the context of the October 2019 US withdrawal from northern Syria and the subsequent Turkish operation there, both apparently carried out without consultation within NATO.
The Report is divided into three parts, looking in sequence at: the vision and main findings; the security and political environment; and recommendations.
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1 (back) “NATO 2030: United for a new era. Analysis and recommendations of the Reflection Group appointed by the NATO Secretary General”, Brussels, 25 November 2020.
2 (back) John Bew, Greta Bossenmaier, Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, Marta Dassù, Anna Fotyga, Tacan Ildem, Thomas de Maizière (co-chair), A. Wess Mitchell (co-chair), Hubert Védrine, and Herna Verhagen.