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Webinar: General Sir Nick Carter on ''Defence in an era of strategic competition”
PUBLISHED: September 30, 2021
''Defence in an era of strategic competition” was the topic of an 'ATA TALKS' webinar on 27 September with a special and highly knowledgeable guest speaker, General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the UK Defence Staff. This online conference, organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association and the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, with the help of ATA UK, attracted many participants from around the world. General Carter has been the professional head of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces for more than three years, and before that, he was the head of the British Army. He served repeatedly in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013. That included commanding 55,000 NATO troops during the Afghan “surge” in 2009 and 2010, and then three years later as the Deputy Commander of all NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.  He has also held top policy positions, as well as senior command positions. His tenure as Chief of the Defence Staff covers the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, the end of NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the conduct of the United Kingdom's Integrated Review of Security, Defence and Foreign Policy. This latter process included General Carter's acclaimed "Integrated Operating Concept", which charts a course for the Armed Forces to adapt to the new era of strategic competition. The discussion was moderated by ATA Secretary-General Monika Begovic Ph.D. and CEO of the ATA UK David Hobbs. Opening remarks were made by Juxhina Gjoni, YATA President, and closing remarks by ATA President Jim Townsend. The webinar had around 200 participants who were eager to learn more about the multipolar world we live in and how modern democracies face new security challenges and threats. In her opening statement, Juxhina Gjoni mentioned that “recognizing the increasingly complex security environment, our topic of today’s webinar is defence in an era of strategic competition”. She also congratulated the CEO of ATA UK, Mr. Hobbs, for contributing to ATA’s mission in educating, and raising awareness of our societies on foreign affairs and security issues.   In his presentation, General Carter explained the idea behind the Integrated Operating Concept for the UK’s Armed Forces. In doing so, he tackled the key features of today’s international security environment and ways of addressing the challenges and threats it presents. He noted that increasingly assertive, authoritarian regimes saw themselves in competition with democratic nations, which they sought to undermine using all the military and non-military instruments of statecraft, and to achieve their objectives by operating under the threshold that would prompt a traditional military response. “I cannot remember time in my career when the operating environment of the strategic context was more complex or dynamic than it is now”, he observed. General Carter pointed out that the world is now multipolar, and the distinctions between peace and war, foreign and domestic policy, state and non-state, virtual and reality, have all become blurred. Consequently, the starting point for the Integrated Operating Concept was the need to adapt to this competitive environment and the rapid technological changes that affect the security agenda. The goal was to produce a new strategic culture that was fit for purpose in an era of strategic competition, and which would meet the challenges of technological modernization. Deterrence could no longer be considered as a static posture, but in terms of competition, more intelligent escalation management, integration, and across multiple domains. All this means engaging Allies and partners, developing hard and soft military power, modernizing – from platforms to systems – and becoming more adaptable and agile. Strategic communication is also vital in order to address multiple audiences and address the key problem of ensuring that societies are aware of efforts to undermine their way of life and ideology. During the Q&A session, General Carter noted that while the Alliance’s military leaders would concur with the assessment of the strategic environment described in the UK’s Integrated Operating Concept, it is inevitably more complicated to draw up a common view among 30 nations, each with its own particular perspectives and preoccupations, with, for example, some nations differing in their willingness to be politically proactive.  Another challenge is that some external challenges to individual nations take place below the level that might traditionally be brought to NATO’s attention, a matter which was being studied carefully by SHAPE. General Carter also noted that the United States and the United Kingdom have a deep partnership and that the two nations are traditionally close, and that like all Allies, they see their security within the NATO “wrap”. Regarding the recent agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (AUKUS), he underlined that this was not a new sort of alliance, but rather a military-industrial agreement, heavily focussed on sharing submarine technology in order to provide Australia with the relevant capability rapidly. He also stressed that the UK continued to cooperate with the EU, and that all NATO’s members recognized that NATO is the best mechanism for assuring European security.  It was also important to remember that some instruments of statecraft were easier to bring to bear in the EU context. Regarding the importance of values, he noted that the Alliance was founded upon common values, and that there were “like-minded” nations who might not be as democratic but could still be good partners.  It was important not to categorize nations in terms of two blocs, but to think in terms of communities of interests. On the lessons for the international community’s involvement in Afghanistan, he suggested that areas for reflection might be the nature of political guidance during the early stages of involvement, and whether the international community can exercise the strategic patience necessary for nation building.  Other areas could include understanding of overall goals, and the understanding of the local context.  He also noted that the Taliban would have to reflect on how to build an inclusive government if it wishes to prevent civil strife returning to Afghanistan. Closing this online conference, Jim Townsend pointed that these kind of webinars are to raise the awareness of the security agenda of today, but mostly to be educational for young people, inviting everyone interested to join ATA and YATA and work in their local communities with the same mission and vision ATA has.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
PUBLISHED: September 14, 2021
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA Council meeting held in July
PUBLISHED: September 14, 2021
Council meeting of the Atlantic Treaty Association was held on 29th July 2021, online, as per the Article 15A of the ATA Constitution. Council adopted the Agenda, previously sent via e-mail to all Council members, as well as Minutes from the last Council meeting held in 2020. Concerning the discussion on the status of the new Constitution, ATA President Jim Townsend, together with ATA Vice-President Alex Serban explained the process behind the work on the new Constitution, adding that the process was and is in line with the strategic review agreed by all members last year. Council members were introduced into the ATA finances by Treasurer Johannes Kahrs, who stressed that the new Bureau managed to keep expenditures low and accountability high, at the same time stressing the importance of paying dues by ATA members. YATA President Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni gave an overview of YATA since YATA election in September 2020, and mentioned activities that YATA is organizing, for now only online. ATA Secretary General Monika Begovic stressed the regained positive image ATA has with its activities in building good relations with NATO, which was confirmed by Theodossis Georgiou, Counsellor and Legal Advisor and ATA Vice-President Werner Fasslabend, who added that the new Bureau will continue in the new positive direction. ATA President thanked the Bureau and Council members for the work they were doing, expressing belief in further enhancement of good image and “new” ATA.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Online conference: Amb. Baiba Braže on the importance of NATO’s eFP BG countries
PUBLISHED: July 28, 2021
A project sponsored and supported by NATO PDD with the main topic: “NATO 2030 – ATA TALKS” held on 1 July 2021. This event focused on the importance of NATO's eFP BG countries and was represented by members of the ATA’s youth wing – YATA. Under the topic of this online conference: “NATO 2030 – Raising awareness about the importance of NATO’s eFP BG countries” and through discussions by moderator Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni, President YATA, hosted by James Townsend, ATA President with experts’ presentations, ATA and YATA contributes to exchanging ideas, knowledge and opinions giving new perspectives of security challenges and threats. Speaker at this online conference was Amb. Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy. She discussed with YATA chapter representatives about the future of NATO, providing new information and predictions. James Townsend started by mentioning that, “it is Important for chapters and YATA to expand the understanding in our align countries, that there is an important role we all can play to support NATO and make sure people understand and respect what NATO does, the importance of NATO to our countries for the stability in Europe, and to understand that for the alliance to remain strong the people of the alliance need to remain engaged and supporting NATO”. In the same line Amb. Braze said, “our mandate is to raise awareness and support for NATO, because our mission is to maintain peace and security in our countries. NATO is the strongest defence alliance in the world”. As Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni stressed “our association draws together more than 37 ATA national chapters and 25 YATA national chapter expanding its outreach efforts amongst member and partner countries. Throughout many different languages of each national chapters YATA impose an important and unique platform committed to disseminating NATO messages”. In the same way Amb. Braze said that “YATA play a very important role as well as ATA”. Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni stated that “YATA’s role in this process is essential and we all are committed to further strengthen our cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Division”. This program provided a vehicle for the youth of the Alliance to express their vision for the importance of NATO's eFP BG countries – raising awareness. Indeed, according to Gjoni, “In this framework we closely worked together to bring to our young audience attention the importance of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence deployed in the eastern part of the Alliance. With four multinational battlegroups, combat-ready, NATO eFP is a demonstration of our alliance’s strength and its transatlantic bond”. NATO will continue to adapt. As Amb. Braze said, “NATO Summit addressed some very important issues and those include the fact that leaders recognized we are in a systemic competition”. In response to a more dangerous and unpredictable security environment, NATO strengthens its deterrence and defence capabilities, posture and resilience, more capable and ready forces, significant deployments in missions and operations, and deeper engagement with partners. With the accent on NATO 2030, and new challenges and threats which discussed on Summit 2021, Russia was on the agenda.  Amb. Braze said about Russia that, “we clearly signal to Russia that on the one hand our channels of communication are open including the NATO-RUSSIA council in Brussels, but on the other hand we clearly show that we are very serious about defence and deterrence, that’s why the battle groups are there”. At the end of the event, YATA-ATA senior representatives from eFP BG countries like Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, and Spain participated in a quick round of final words and in a quick Q&A session. During this part, they provided their visions of its future and what it means for them the NATO's battle groups form as a part of the biggest reinforcement of NATO's collective defence in a generation. From this Q&A session some key points that came out from Amb. Braze were: “eFP is not called an operation but is an action, is an everyday work of our soldiers and our civilians on the ground to ensure that they are able to understand and act on plans that are ready to meet the challenges and threats. Adding that one of the biggest challenges will always be around the hybrid developments (cyber, disinformation and energy security)”. “The challenges and threats we face are global and also the US needs a transatlantic alliance to help it meet these global challenges”. “Covid affected a number of exercises on NATO’s side…. some became smaller, and some other took a different expression”. “On youth and how to integrate NATO into youth YATA INTERNATIONAL and YATA members play an important role and should be a NATO ambassador, promoted NATO”. At the end James Townsend pointed up that “is important for YATA to know what the ambassadors doing at NATO PDD…. and their staff is really breaking new ground when it comes to evolving next generation in what NATO was all about”. He also spoken about the resilience stating that “the resilience is YATA, ATA, NATO and what we are doing in our societies” concluding “ATA is looking forward to closer cooperation with YATA and NATO”.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA as Ambassador of Brussels Summit side event 'NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum’
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2021
As a reliable NATO partner and an international organization with the aim of promoting Euro-Atlantic values and the global importance of NATO, connecting associations from 37 countries in the world, Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) was chosen as the Ambassador of Brussels Summit side event 'NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum', organized on 14th of June by NATO and German Marshall Fund of the United States. The aim of this side-event was to discuss the issues that were topics in the Summit, i.e. future of the transatlantic relations and security challenges that the world and NATO will face in the coming decade. Discussions were focused on a wide range of topics, such as defence and deterrence, global partnerships, innovation, resilience, climate change, cyber, energy security. This public event had an aim to enhance the transparency and visibility of the process, and it brought together government leaders, international experts, representatives from civil society, private sector and young professionals. Together with its designated members, ATA, together with YATA, was the ‘influential voice’ and it promoted the event. In preparation for the event, ATA and YATA joined their efforts to reach out to key audiences and engage them to the discussion on NATO 2030 and the Summit’s outcomes. Having long lasting relationships with NATO, ATA is a trusted partner of NATO, thus acted as an ambassador of this event across the member states, helping NATO PDD to reach out to a variety of audiences by amplifying the event among the network and through social media accounts, with engaged cooperation, such as: -          access to the Communication Toolkit of the event containing messages, channels and all amplification elements; -          constant connection with NATO PDD through a shared platform (Google Drive) with all the graphic and video materials prepared in the run-up of the event; -          chance to communicate on digital advertising in a synchronised manner together with NATO and the other Ambassador organisations. After the event an assessment form was sent out with the information generated by member organizations, in order NATO PDD to be able to analyse the impact of ATA’s endeavour into promoting the ‘NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum’ event and also to analyse the impact of the event promotion and the outcomes generated by the discussions along the Summit decisions. With this important role, ATA showed a strong commitment in giving visibility to the public diplomacy event organized by NATO. During the event ATA, with its impressive network, and intuitively knowing how to get a positive brand message across, spread the message by using its platform and strong network to support those efforts. ATA’s and YATA’s, responsibilities included, but were not limited to, the following: Representing the event positively in a multitude of settings Assisting in content creation (ie. reviews, etc.) Generating brand awareness through word-of-mouth marketing Being a ‘leader’ in our community Providing feedback and insight to NATO Promoting the event via our personal social media accounts It is important to mention that this Summit came at a pivotal moment for the Alliance, as NATO adapts to growing global competition and more unpredictable threats, including terrorism, cyber-attacks, disruptive technologies, climate change, and Russia and China’s challenges to the rules-based international order. Standing strong together to face a more unpredictable and competitive world is what the NATO 2030 initiative was about. ATA has shown its quick reflexes and readiness to support NATO whenever needed. ATA was the voice of #NATO2030 at #BrusselsForum across the Alliance. June 2021
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Efficient ATA – YATA cooperation
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2021
Efficient cooperation between ATA and YATA, that gathers young leaders while promoting a dynamic youth engagement and transatlantic cooperation in areas of international security and defence, stressing the role of NATO, was visible in a project during which the YATA network channelled messages in many different languages of each national chapters. In this way, YATA proved to be an important and unique platform committed to disseminating NATO messages to youth. Thanks to that network, YATA has coordinated several events with NATO PDD. To celebrate NATO’s 72nd anniversary, YATA launched a series of videos of youth from Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Israel, North Macedonia, Norway, Spain. Youth Engagement was visible also in future activities, emphasizing with a distinguished speakers, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Amb. Baiba Braze and Nicola de Santis, Head Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO. For YATA and its members, it is important to keep the young generation well informed on the most vital security issues the Alliance is facing, especially during the pandemic. Using digital tools and promoting events, YATA can reach out to many with the aim to educate and promote cooperation among youth in NATO and Partner countries, but also to create responsible future leaders committed to the values of NATO, with a clear understanding of today and tomorrow's security challenges. In this framework, ATA and YATA also worked closely together to bring to young audience attention on the importance of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence deployed in the eastern part of the Alliance. With four multinational battlegroups, combat-ready, NATO EFP is a demonstration of our alliance’s strength and its transatlantic bond. Cooperation between ATA and YATA continues, and YATA events can be followed on YATA website: and on YATA International social media channels.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA Annual reports
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2021
Activities of ATA members are covered in two Annual reports for the years 2018 and 2019, while the Annual Report for 2020 is being prepared. Annual reports aim to provide a comprehensive view on ATA programs and activities carried out by the ATA members. These reports include information about national associations with the purpose to increase the visibility of activities of our associations and demonstrate the power of the ATA network in promoting the role of NATO.   More specifically the annual reports provide information about:   the member organizations ATA&YATA national activities international activities future projects   With more than 500 programs per year, ATA seeks to engage individuals and groups from around the world to build strong bonds. Through reports, one can gain an insight into how ATA is increasingly active in its mission to support the NATO’s role in strengthening peace and security by promoting educational, political, economic, and military cooperation with initiatives throughout the Euro-Atlantic and beyond.   Closer collaboration, development and constant improvement are the key directions of activities ATA constantly follows.   Explore our Annual Reports to find out more about ATA, our network, highlights of the year and key figures. You can find the reports here:,
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Online conference : “ATA TALKS'' Lord Robertson on NATO’s Future
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2021
“Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s past: Visions for NATO’s Future” – online conference with key expert speaker, former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, as a part of the series of webinars “ATA-YATA TALKS”, was held on 2 June 2021, organized by ATA and YATA, supported by NATO PDD.   The conference was chaired by Amb. Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and hosted by David Hobbs, CEO of the ATA UK, with closing remarks made by ATA Secretary General Monika Begovic PhD and Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni, President of YATA. David Hobbs stressed that ‘ATA TALKS’ series of webinars is having leading experts to share their experience and expertise on current and emerging security issues that the world of today faces. Topics that were discussed were focused on NATO Summit, visions for NATO future and the Initiative NATO 2030. Lord Robertson reflected on NATO’s role in the future, with the accent on NATO 2030, and new challenges and threats, such as: role of Russia and rise of China, threat of terrorism, cyber-attacks, climate change and importance of resilience of societies. Lord Robertson highlighted the importance of the Alliance that comes from shared values and historic achievements, essential for Allies to defend their future together. The overarching goal of the project was to increase NATO visibility and to raise awareness on the new wider tasks, as outlined by the NATO. The project has proved that NATO is an active and leading contributor to peace and security on the international stage. As Monika Begovic PhD stressed, “NATO is an alliance that becomes stronger military, but also politically and it’s the most important alliance in the world”. Amb. Baiba Braže started by mentioning that, “NATO guarantees peace and security in member countries”. In the same line, Lord Robertson said that “the Article 5 is a remarkable article, since all the members commit to protect each other and it is setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance in a case one country is attacked by another one”. NATO’s 72 years of existence shows that NATO continues to adapt to keep the world safe and that it is ready today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. According to Ms. Braze, “investment in defence has been growing, but we have also to look to emerging defence and disruptive technologies and how NATO adapts to the new reality and ability to defend and protect, that is why resilience is the second biggest pillar of NATO”. Amb. Braze stressed that ‘we need much more global approach in terms of understanding and supporting global values in which democratic societies are based. So, through political consultation, and through regular dialogue with our partners not only we will raise the strength and understanding within the Alliance but also will help us to address challenges like China, emerging distractive technologies and space”. What is positive for the future is NATO’s Open-Door Policy, which gives an opportunity for NATO to establish and acquire new allies. According to Lord Robertson, “Balkans is a priority region”. Participants, with their questions, showed their special interest in how NATO 2030 Initiative will contribute to strengthening NATO global role in military and political aspect. Lord Robertson pointed out: “NATO is a Euro-Atlantic organization and its an obligation of NATO for security and defence”, adding: “NATO adapts and moves and changes all the time and now the pandemic showed we have new vulnerabilities, and the security of our countries is not simply based on guns and planes but can be something much more subtle and NATO had to adapt very quickly to it. When it came to dealing with the pandemic and medical necessities our forces that used to be instruments of war became instruments of medical necessities.” Ms. Amb. Braze added that “the training on crisis responses and the resilience shows that we have systems and people that know how to respond and have sufficient supplies and are able to deal with these difficulties”, saying that NATO 2030 agenda addresses future recommendations in dealing with different challenges. In closing remarks Juxhina Gjoni said that “YATA informs youth, educates on security and defence about NATO’s mission and NATO’s core values, raising awareness of young generation on these issues”. In its additional role as a think tank, that gathers experts in the field of international security, ATA will continue in organizing online conferences and webinars and discussions on similar issues, promoting transatlantic values and importance of NATO, while observing developments in security area.   The video of the whole event can be found in the link below:
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
“NATO2030 at Brussels Forum”
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2021
Together with its designated members, Atlantic Treaty Association is the 'event's Ambassador' of the public diplomacy event, that will be held in relation to NATO Summit, on 14 June in Brussels. NATO’s Heads of State and Government will discuss the future of transatlantic relations and the security challenges the Alliance will face in the coming decade. On this occasion, in cooperation with the The German Marshall Fund of the United States, NATO PDD will organize a public diplomacy event 'NATO 2030 Brussels Forum', that will feature conversations with government leaders, international experts, representatives from civil society, the private sector and young professionals. They will hold future-oriented discussions on NATO’s priorities for the next decade and beyond. If you wish to participate in this event, register here: On the following link, you can find a video:…/1HzOKABxiurz0BkMOcqQc7JlDkd…/view and more about the whole event, you can find out here: Follow Atlantic Treaty Association social media channels and find out news in relation to this event.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Atlantic Treaty Association’s new project “ATA TALKS- NATO 2030” What the Next Generation has to say about NATO’s Future
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2021
A project sponsored and supported by NATO PDD with the main topic: “NATO 2030 – ATA TALKS” started on Tuesday 6 April 2021. This event focused on NATO’s “next generation” the rising generation of NATO citizens and what their vision is for a future NATO. The vision for the future by the “NextGen” was represented by members of the ATA’s youth wing - YATA. Under the topic of the first online conference: “NATO 2030 – What the Next Generation has to say about NATO’s Future” and through discussions by moderator Juxhina Gjoni, President YATA, hosted by Krista Mulenok the Vice President of ATA with experts’ presentations, ATA and YATA contributes to exchanging ideas, knowledge and opinions giving new perspectives of security challenges and threats. Speaker at this online conference was Nicola de Santis, Head of engagement section of Public Diplomacy Division. He discussed with YATA chapter representatives about the future of NATO, providing new information and predictions. By organizing this online conference, ATA gave the opportunity to young members, to discuss and understand NATO values and core principles. Since NATO, as an Alliance and a military-political organization, will continue to play a key role as an effective crisis manager and as a framework for security cooperation across the Euro-Atlantic area, the opinion of the people and especially the opinion of the young people should help to form the alliance to meet the future challenges. According to Mr. de Santis "renovation and renewal in order to preserve the values ​​that characterize the alliance is important, therefore the engagement of the next generation will provide new ideas and fresh thinking on how-to strengthen the alliance to meet the challenges of the next decade. As he mentioned, because in our history, in our common heritage and civilization of our people we find the roots of our future and also, we found answers….. Institutional memory is very important to guide our future". In this webinar, the youth of the ATA had the opportunity to present their vision of NATO in the years ahead – the challenges to come and how NATO should adapt to meet those challenges. Since, NATO’s core values and beliefs, such as liberty, democracy, human rights, and rule of law, are important for making a string among the Allies, they show NATO’s commitment to make the Alliance even more strengthened in the future. During the Q&A session YATA organised a round of brief remarks from 7 national chapters. These chapters in their remarks mentioned the importance of NATO for their countries of origin and for their own association. In the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the alliance the national chapters shared their remarks on their events and activities they have done during this year in regards of sharing the transatlantic values.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
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