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NATO and strategic competition: time for Allies to step up

  • 21 Mar. 2023
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  • Last updated: 21 Mar. 2023 16:36

NDC Policy Brief 04


2022 was marked by the publication of a string of high-level strategy documents by the NATO allies: the National Defense Strategy (NDS) in the United States, the National Strategic Review in France, the Dutch Defense White Paper, and the Danish Foreign and Security Policy Strategy. In January 2023, Estonia updated its National Security Concept. A refresh of the UK’s 2021 Integrated Review is due in the spring of 2023. Germany’s first post-Cold War National Security Strategy is expected to be published around the same time. These documents all share a preoccupation with what NATO’s own 2022 Strategic Concept has referred to as “rising strategic competition” in a “contested and unpredictable” world.1

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* (back) Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and NDC Non-Resident Associate Fellow. He was Senior Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College from September 2022 to January 2023.

1 (back) NATO, 2022 Strategic Concept, June 2022, pp.1, 3.


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