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Cooperative Security within NATO

January 2017, Number 08.01

“In November 2010, at the Lisbon Summit, NATO published a new Strategic Concept that introduced cooperative security as an additional core task. “The Alliance will engage actively to enhance international security,” the document says, “through partnership with relevant countries and other international organizations; by contributing actively to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament; and by keeping the door to membership in the Alliance open to all European democracies that meet NATO’s standards.” Cooperative security is a long-standing tradition called upon throughout history to institute security measures to protect sovereignty and national interests in the name of stability. In his article “Managing Change: The Reform and Democratic Control of the Security Sector and International Order,” geostrategist Theodore H. Winkler noted: “Every country has, in the security realm, some basic, clearly defined interests, most notably: the ability to protect and, if necessary, defend its territory, air space, sea frontiers, critical infrastructure, and national interests; to guard its borders against illegal and clandestine entry or exit of persons and goods; to safeguard the security, physical safety and the property of its citizens and inhabitants...”

Excerpt from Joseph N. Gardner, “Cooperative Security within NATO,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 8, No. 1, 2017: 46-51.

Maj. Joseph N. Gardner is a graduate of PASS 15-10 and serves in the U.S. Army.

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