The NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division teamed up with Carnegie Europe to organize the conference The World in 2020 – Can NATO Protect Us? The Challenges to Critical Infrastructure.
Threats to critical infrastructure, such as cyber attacks international terrorism and attacks on energy supply, can be devastating to the livelihoods of modern societies and cannot be met by military means alone. The conference with renowned speakers from NATO, academia and national administrations discussed NATO’s role in meeting security challenges to critical infrastructure.
The conference report can be downloaded here:
When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- NATO Partnerships
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC)
- Partnership for Peace (PfP)
- Mediterranean Dialogue
- Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
- NATO "partners across the globe"
- NATO "global partners"
- NATO "contact countries"
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NATO’s new Strategic Concept, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, identifies “cooperative security” as one of NATO’s three essential core tasks. It states that the promotion of Euro-Atlantic security is best assured through a wide network of partner relationships with countries and organizations around the globe. No one country or organization can deal with the complex and unpredictable challenges of the evolving security environment on its own: coordinated multilateral action is required.
NATO pursues dialogue and practical cooperation with non-member countries on a wide range of political and security-related issues, and partners contribute to NATO’s goals and tasks, including to NATO-led operations and its actions against terrorism and emerging security challenges.
In the Euro-Atlantic area, the Alliance engages in relations with non-member countries through the 50-nation Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) – a major programme of bilateral cooperation with individual Euro-Atlantic partners. Among these partners, NATO has also developed specific structures for its relationships with Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.
NATO is developing relations with the southern Mediterranean-rim countries through the Mediterranean Dialogue, as well as with countries from the Gulf region through the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
In addition to these more structured partnerships, NATO cooperates with a range of countries which are not part of these structures. Formally referred to as “partners across the globe” – or often simply as “global partners” – they include Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to NATO partnerships.
Good places to start your research include :
- the NATO Topic pages on:
- Partnerships: a cooperative approach to security
- Russia-NATO relations
- Ukraine-NATO relations
- NATO’s relations with Georgia
- The Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC)
- The Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme
- Mediterranean Dialogue
- Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)
- NATO’s relations with partners across the globe
- NATO cooperation with Australia
- NATO cooperation with Japan
- NATO cooperation with the Republic of Korea
- NATO cooperation with New Zealand
- NATO's relations with Pakistan
- NATO’s cooperation with Mongolia
- NATO’s relations with Iraq
- Partnership tools
- NATO Contact Point Embassies
- Comprehensive Approach
- NATO-EU: a strategic partnership
- NATO’s relations with the United Nations
- NATO’s relations with the OSCE
- the NATO page on NATO Partnerships
- the Partners page, which lists countries and international organizations that share a partnership with NATO
- the NATO Briefing on Countering Terrorism (2011). In particular, please refer to page 15, which briefly describes NATO's partnerships with other international organization
- Fact Sheet: Chicago Summit - Strengthening NATO’s Partnerships by The White House (21 May 2012)
- the NATO Review editions on:
- Partners - who needs them? (2013)
- Why NATO's Partners matter (2011)
- Partnerships: How they are changing? (2008)
- Partnerships: Old and new (2007)
- Taking NATO's partnerships forward (2004)
- the NATO LibGuides on: