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North Macedonia and Euro-Atlantic integration

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

July 2019, Number 09.03

“Since the 1949 signing of NATO’s founding document, the Washington Treaty, NATO’s purpose has remained the same: Preserve peace. This is done by members pledging to defend one another. NATO members stand together in solidarity, shared purpose and fair burden-sharing.

As a result, NATO’s commitment to the safety and security of all 29 allies is unwavering. At the heart of that commitment is Article 5, NATO’s collective defense clause. An attack on one ally is an attack on all allies. That is the essence of the mutual defense commitment, and it has helped NATO keep the peace in Europe. NATO embodies the unique bond that unites Europe and North America. Our security is indivisible. In a world of global challenges, global solutions and trans-Atlantic cooperation are needed more than ever. The Alliance has been successful these past seven decades because of its ability to adapt to changing security challenges...”

Excerpt from Gorazd Bartol, “Light at the End of the Tunnel?,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  9, No. 3, 2019: 56-59.

 Capt. Gorazd Bartol is the former chief of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, North Macedonia. He joined the Slovenian Navy, served during the war for independence and later became a staff officer with a focus on defense planning and policy. He has served as an officer to the International Military Staff at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He has a master’s degree in national security from Ljubljana University, was a Fulbright scholar at the American Studies Institute at the University of Delaware in the U.S., and graduated from the NATO Defense College in Rome.

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