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Bulgarian soldiers demonstrate roomclearing techniques in July 2014 as part of Platinum Lion 14-1, a multinational exercise in Novo Selo, Bulgaria, that also included troops from the U.S., Romania, Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom.

The Alliance has been forced to re-evaluate its mission.

Redefining NATO

October 2014, Number 05.04

“NATO’s three core tasks: collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security contribute to safeguarding the security of Alliance members. Acknowledging that security developments beyond the Euro-Atlantic area could negatively affect the Alliance — and to ensure the freedom and security of its member states — NATO has partnered with countries and international organizations to contribute to the enhancement of the international security environment.

Although a strategic partner for NATO and a privileged partner of the European Union, Russia has adopted a defiant stance toward the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s enshrined principles. At the same time, it is asserting its power through projects that emulate Western models in a bid to compete with them, such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization versus NATO and the Eurasian Union versus the EU.

Following the latest developments in Ukraine, NATO allies and EU member states have started to acknowledge that security in their proximity should not be taken for granted, and the principles and norms that govern international relations could be breached with no fear of retaliation...”

Excerpt from Teodora Crina Popescu, “Redefining NATO,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 4, 2014: 50-53.

Dr. Teodora Crina Popescu is head of the office for coordination and evaluation of cooperation policies in the Defense Policy and Planning Department oft he Romanian Ministry of Defense and previously served as a defense policy advisor to the Permanent Delegation of Romania to NATO. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Bucharest and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Marshall Centers’ Executive 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.