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President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, left, meet during a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal

Alliance is refocusing in light of drawdown in Afghanistan.

NATO’s Strategic Challenges

April 2013, Number 04.02

“At the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, NATO adopted a New Strategic Concept – a key political document of the Alliance that identifies the purpose and tasks of NATO, assesses the international security environment and defines relations with other actors. The new Strategic Concept modernized NATO, demonstrated unity among Allies and set an extremely ambitious agenda for the future. In turn, the Chicago Summit in May 2012 – the biggest NATO meeting in history – provided a unique opportunity to assess progress in implementing the new Strategic Concept.

The main purpose of this article is to assess the 2010 NATO Strategic Concept in the context of Chicago Summit decisions and initiatives, thus identifying the main challenges for the Alliance in upcoming years. It will explore NATO in light of the cooperative security model, developed by Richard Cohen and Michael Mihalka. The system of cooperative security is characterized by various formal and informal institutions and consists of highly interdependent democratic states that are related by common values and close practical cooperation...”

Excerpt from Martynas Zapolskis, “NATO’s Strategic Challenges,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 2, 2013: 24-29.

Martynas Zapolskis is a doctoral candidate at Vilnius University’s Institute of International Relations and Political Science. Since 2008, he has served in the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense and as a think tank analyst and researcher. Mr. Zapolskis holds a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from Vilnius University. He has also studied at Salzburg University in Austria and Creighton University in the United States. He is a 2012 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies.

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