Iraqi Officer cadets being introduced to Rifle Drill

Lisbon Summit highlights the need for NATO flexibility.

Partnership Building in the 21st Century

July 2011, Number 02.03

“At their summit meeting about a year ago, in Lisbon, NATO leaders adopted a New Strategic Concept that will serve as the Alliance’s road map for the next 10 years. The new concept provides NATO’s vision for an evolving Alliance that will remain able to defend its members against modern threats and commits NATO to become more agile, capable and effective. recognizing that the Alliance is affected by, and can affect, political and security developments beyond its borders, the Strategic Concept guides the Alliance to deepen and broaden its partnerships substantially and increase its effectiveness and flexibility to contribute to Euro Atlantic and international security in the 21st century...”

Excerpt from James G. Stavridis and Barbara R. Fick, “Partnership Building in the 21st Century,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 10-15.

Adm. James G. Stavridis assumed duties as Commander of the U.S. European Command and as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe in early summer 2009. A surface warfare officer, he commanded the destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) from 1993 to 1995, completing U.N./NATO deployments to Haiti, Bosnia and the Arabian Gulf. In 1998, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 21 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf, winning the Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. From 2002 to 2004, he commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2006 to 2009, he commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1984.

Lt. Col. Barbara R. Fick of the U.S. Army is a special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander U.S. European Command. As a foreign area officer, she has served as chief plans and programs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá; a political military desk officer for the Andean Ridge; plans and operations officer, and special assistant to the Commander at U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Her publications include articles on governance and security cooperation, as well as contributions to newspaper articles and books. She holds a doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.