A new NΑΤΟ, Euro-Atlantic Security, & the Greek-American Partnership
As NATO marks its sixtieth anniversary, it faces enduring questions about strategic focus, operational priorities, military requirements, and collaborative ties with partner nations and other international institutions. Some of these questions were addressed at the NATO summit in Strasbourg-Kehl. However, a broader and ongoing dialogue will be essential as the Alliance moves forward in the years ahead. As a contribution to that process, the Defense Analysis Institute of the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation, and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) with official NATO sponsorship convened a high-level conference in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, 2009, on the topic A New NATO, Euro-Atlantic Security, and the Greek-American Partnership. Coming just after the Strasbourg-Kehl summit and during the first 100 days of the Obama administration, this meeting provided a unique and timely opportunity to take stock of what was achieved at the summit, what needs to be done going forward, and what the implications are for transatlantic security. Within this broader context, the meeting also focused on strategic developments in and beyond Southeastern Europe and on the key roles that Greece and the Greek-American partnership can play to help ensure stability and prosperity in this critical region. Such a focus was both warranted and necessary as NATO and its members ponder how best to dampen ongoing regional tensions and the Alliance envisages further enlargement.
As NATO charts a path ahead on these fronts, there is much that Greece can contribute to the process, based on lessons learned from its own return to democracy in 1974 under the leadership of Konstantinos Karamanlis and its reintegration into the Alliance’s military command in 1980 and entry into the European Union in 1981.
Participants in the conference included senior policymakers and experts from both sides of the Atlantic, and from NATO. The conference helped us identify ways to build wider Alliance consensus on the strategic objectives, operational focus, and potential organizational adjustment of the “new NATO” now taking shape.