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NATO demanded yesterday (4 September) that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine, as US President Barack Obama and his Western allies vowed to support Kyiv and buttress their own defences against Russia in the biggest strategic shift since the Cold War.
On Wednesday, April 23, The German Marshall Fund (GMF) and the United States Mission to NATO launched the first of a new series of discussions across Europe aimed to reflect themes that will be featured at the next NATO Summit. The first event was held in Brussels and focused on “NATO and the crisis in Ukraine: Changing priorities for leaders at the NATO Summit 2014.” - See more at: http://www.gmfus.org/archives/nato-and-the-crisis-in-ukraine-changing-priorities-for-leaders-at-the-nato-summit-2014/
Le Sommet de l'OTAN au début du mois de septembre a mis en lumière une alliance marquée par deux décennies d'interventions dans les Balkans puis en Afghanistan et qui doit maintenant faire face à la crise irakienne et la destabilisation de l'Ukraine.
From Wales to Warsaw : Following Up on the NATO Summit
Early September, the biennial NATO Summit took place, this time in Wales. The British Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir Geoffrey Adams, reflects on the summit in his homeland. Besides cooperation and collective defence in a NATO context, the UK and the Netherlands deepen their bilateral cooperation in the field of defence.
NATO moves toward its next summit (to be held in Newport, Wales in September 2014) in a mood of anxiety and uncertainty. This is not simply because telling questions are being asked of the alliance in relation to Afghanistan and Ukraine, but because the twin motors which have sustained NATO now show signs of considerable wear and tear. The first of these motors relates to principles of purpose. This encompasses the activities (or purposes) which NATO has consciously pursued in the last 25 years : namely, operations, enlargement, partnership, transatlanticism and security. The second is principles of function : the means, in other words, by which NATO is kept in motion. Here, American leadership, cohesion and trust, burden-sharing and credibility all matter. These motors are not about to completely break down (NATO has underlying strengths which make that unlikely) but they do need attention. NATO's good health requires it to focus on a series of core tasks - what this article refers to as readiness, reassurance and renewal. These three tasks speak to an agenda of consolidation and preservation, rather than one of task expansion. But this is not a conservative agenda ; grasping the nettle of prioritization and focus requires, in itself, a certain foresight and enterprise. Managed successfully, it is an agenda that will preserve and strengthen NATO in what are increasingly troubled times.
ABSTRACT: The NATO summit in Wales will be one of the most important since the Cold War ended – the first such summit after what is, undeniably, the end of the post-Cold War era. The goals of transitioning Afghanistan operations, preparing NATO for future challenges, and cementing the transatlantic bond have all been lent urgency by the crisis in Ukraine and the collapse of positive relations with Russia. James Bergeron explores where NATO has been on its twenty-five-year journey through the post-Cold War era and surveys the strategic challenges that the Alliance now confronts.
The article reports on the joint conference of the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Germany and France during the Franco-German ministerial visit to Georgia in April 2014. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius expressed the willingness of the European Union to the sign the association agreement with Georgia. Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze offered updates on Georgia's membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
NATO/Ministerial : Preparations for Summit of September 2014