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Incoming Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, General Philip Breedlove, receives the SHAPE Command Flag from NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the change of command ceremony for NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Events in Eastern Europe change thinking in NATO.

The New NATO

January 2015, Number 06.01

“The days when NATO could boast of the special partnership it had established with post-Cold War Russia have ended. The cause of the shift wasn’t just the annexation of Crimea and the Russian military incursions into eastern Ukraine in early 2014, as disturbing as those actions were to the North Atlantic Alliance. In the fall of 2014, new provocations, seemingly every week, mocked NATO’s desire to improve relations with Moscow.

The kidnapping of an Estonian counterintelligence agent by border-jumping Russian operatives, cyber attacks on NATO and Western websites, aggressive military flyovers near the Netherlands, and submarine infiltration into Swedish territorial waters: All signaled to the Alliance that Russia was determined to adopt the role of adversary in European affairs...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “The New NATO,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 1, 2015: 40-43.

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