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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: http://yata-international.org/ 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: http://www.atahq.org/ata-publications/ata-annual-report-2018-3/, http://www.atahq.org/ata-publications/ata-annual-report-2019/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Online conference : 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: https://fb.watch/6WkYq4PR1T/
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: http://bit.ly/nato-2030-bf-rsvp On the following link, you can find a video: https://drive.google.com/…/1HzOKABxiurz0BkMOcqQc7JlDkd…/view and more about the whole event, you can find out here: http://bit.ly/nato-2030-brussels-forum 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
Atlantic Treaty Association’s new project “ATA TALKS- NATO 2030” “NATO 2030 - Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s past-visions for NATO’s Future”
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2021
“NATO 2030 - Reflections and Lessons from NATO’s past-visions for NATO’s Future” – online conference with key expert speakers: former NATO Secretaries-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as a part of the series of webinars “ATA TALKS” was held on 29 April 2021, organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association. The conference was chaired by Amb. Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and hosted by ATA Secretary General Monika Begovic Ph.D., with closing remarks made by ATA President Jim Townsend. The event is part of the project supported and sponsored by NATO PDD. Topics that were discussed were focused on NATO’s 72nd anniversary, NATO Summit, visions for NATO future and the Initiative NATO 2030. Distinguished former NATO Secretaries-General reflected on how NATO responds to challenges with lessons learned and reflection to the future, by highlighting the importance of the Alliance that comes from shared values and historic achievements, essential for Allies to defend their future together. It was an opportunity for all participants of this live event to reflect, to discuss and to tackle current challenges that present global security challenges.  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 Amb. Baiba Braže said, "NATO guarantee peace and security in our countries". In the same line, Mr. Rasmussen said that "the Article 5 is the most important about the security of the members". Also, NATO, promotes democratic values and is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. So, it is important for the future to make this strong alliance even stronger. NATO’s 72nd anniversary must seal that NATO continues to adapt to keep the world safe and that it is ready today to meet tomorrow’s challenges, having learned from the past. In the future, it is more than important all the Allies to stay united, working together to ensure peace. 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 Amb. Baiba Braže, "Balkans is a priority division, western Balkans are important and that is why we have new allies from these area like North Macedonia". 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. Special accent was on youth, on younger generations and their understanding of Alliance’s mission. In this context Amb. Baiba Braže, mentioned that "young people know less about NATO, also knowledge is less compatible with other age groups, so young people are a priority". In the same line of thought, Mr. Rasmussen pointed out: "what ATA should do is to strengthen their efforts into educating young generation about security and defence and why NATO still exists". Mr. Rasmussen said that "NATO needs to devote more resources to public diplomacy, as communication is the only way to tackle misinformation". Mr. Hoop Scheffer pointed out "the importance of the transatlantic bond, that is again becoming stronger, thus becomes a guarantor of peace and stability for NATO member countries". Mr. Hoop Scheffer was added also that "the EU must be a strategic force capable of projecting its strength in line with NATO's strategic strength and leaving beyond its own slogans for its strategic autonomy". Concluding, Amb. Baiba Braže, said that "ATA is an organization, a collection, of people passionate about what NATO is, pointing out that ATA is reborn". Atlantic Treaty Association, in its additional role as a think tank that gathers experts in the field of international security, will continues in its efforts in observing developments in security area and will continue with activities in promoting transatlantic values and importance of NATO. ATA, in order to further strengthening transatlantic bond, plans to organize and prepare more similar integrated projects in the future on current issues. As Mr. Jim Townsend, ATA President said, "ATA looks forward to webinars within ‘ATA TALKS’ in the future".       The video of the whole conference can be found here https://fb.watch/5rBsKMakFD/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Atlantic Treaty Association's new project “ATA TALKS”
PUBLISHED: November 30, 2020
A project sponsored by NATO PDD “ATA TALKS” with the main topic: “NATO resilience - predictions after Covid-19 pandemic” started on Friday 27 November 2020 with the first online conference. This project has the aim to show that NATO’s ability to conduct operations has not been undermined in new circumstances and that NATO still keeps inevitable and irreplaceable role in modern world that is going through many changes. Under the topic of the first online conference: “NATO 2030 – pandemic as new security challenge in interconnected world”, and through moderated discussions by moderator Jamie Shea, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO HQ, with experts’ presentations, ATA contributes to exchanging ideas, knowledge and opinions giving new perspectives of security challenges and threats. Speakers at this online conference were: Stefano Pilotto, professor of International Relations at MIB School of Management in Trieste, PhD, Burcu San, Director for Operations, NATO HQ and Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe. They opened the insight into contemporary topics on international security in new circumstances the world lives in now, providing new information and predictions. Ms. Rose said there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, referring to the vaccine being available soon, which will put an end to the pandemic, but only if people would be disciplined enough. “It is therefore needed that we start to work on education, to raise the awareness on the importance of the science”, Ms. Rose stressed, adding that the transatlantic community was in a way ready for pandemic, however it was disbelief in the beginning that made the authorities react slower and allowing virus to spread faster. “That is what made us unprepared”, Ms Rose added. Prof. Pilotto mentioned the impact of the pandemic to democracy, saying we live in a complex situation with the new kind of enemy. Prof. Pilotto has also agreed that the response was slow in the beginning, but “many nations showed solidarity”, he added, concluding that we need to find a long-term solution, that will also help economic recovery. Ms San talked about NATO resilience, that is a core values since its existence, incorporated into Article 3 of the Alliance’s founding Treaty. “It was proved in this pandemic that NATO member countries need to be resilient to resist and fast recover from different threats and challenges, in combination with civil preparedness”, Ms. Rose stressed. It was concluded that today’s security environment is unpredictable and in contemporary international relations, states especially need to be persistent in fighting disinformation. Atlantic Treaty Association, as is in its vision and mission, continues with activities in promoting transatlantic values and importance of NATO, while fostering transatlantic bond. With this aim, the second online conference within “ATA TALKS” will be held on 4 December, when there will be a discussion on the “role of NATO in boosting resilience of societies and fight against disinformation.”
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
The Alliance in the Pandemic Chaos and the Role of the NATO SFA CoE
PUBLISHED: June 29, 2020
Interview with the President of ATA, Fabrizio W. Luciolli by NATO SFA CoE  A strand of RNA, encapsulated by four proteins with a total diameter six hundred times less than a human hair, has produced the most serious crisis since the post-war, affecting a system of institutions, political, economic and social relations, which were not vaccinated against biological threats. THE PANDEMIC CRISIS HAD AN IMPACT ON NATO’S ACTIVITIES.  HOW DO YOU SEE THE ALLIANCE’S RESPONSE TO THIS NEW CHALLENGE? Unlike other international organizations, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has strengthened the Atlantic Alliance, which reacted with a strong spirit of solidarity. Upon overcoming the first impact, NATO has quickly responded to the Allied needs, adapting its complex political-military organization to support civil efforts and activating the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) to coordinate the air transport of doctors, patients, medical devices and field hospitals. Since 2010, article 15 of the Strategic Concept includes “health risks” in NATO’s security scenario. However, biological threats directly undermine national security and must be addressed with specific strategies that cannot be generically framed within the environment of hybrid threats. Covid-19 has also produced relevant effects on all three of NATO’s fundamental tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security. In the new context of global bio-insecurity, the concept of resilience embodied in Article 3 of the Treaty must be revised in a more rigorous way. Therefore, the protection of NATO forces in operation, as well as the preservation of critical national assets and supply chains, require more attention. HOW IS THE WASHINGTON TREATY RESPONDING TO THE PANDEMIC SECURITY ENVIRONMENT? The pandemic crisis offers further prominence to article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to the political dimension of the Alliance, which confirms itself as the irreplaceable forum for transatlantic consultation on security issues. Moreover, in the current security scenario, article 5 and the core principle of collective defence implies a broader and more demanding solidarity commitment. In fact, in a global pandemic crisis, NATO most likely would not be called upon to intervene in defence of a conventional aggression to a single allied country. Probably, it would be requested to provide all 30 Allies with the necessary support against a biological agent. In this context, the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Forces in Europe (SHAPE) could be further engaged in early warning, situation awareness and air transport for monitoring threats originating from agents of a biological nature, as well as for the planning and managing of complex operations in support of civilian authorities. THE CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE ALLIANCE WITH THEIR EXPERTISE. WHICH ARE THE MAIN TOOLS THEY COULD USE IN THE CURRENT SITUATION? Since the end of the Cold War, NATO devoted its major efforts to the Eastern flank. However, the 360-degree approach of the Alliance underlined the relevance of projecting stability to the Southern Flank, from where many of the threats and challenges to the Alliance’s security arise. Thus, NATO needs to develop a greater understanding of the Southern Flank to project stability by using the wide range of tools at its disposal. In the current security landscape, Covid-19 could seriously impact the fragile institutions and health system of the African countries, with serious consequences on the political and social stability of the region. In this perspective, Security Force Assistance can play a crucial role in assisting Host Nations’ governments and security forces in coping with the disease. These efforts can have a dual beneficial effect: on the one hand, it will improve the conditions of the local population with the possible implementation of effective health protocols combined with the provision of medical equipment. On the other hand, it will indirectly provide NATO troops with an additional shield against the disease through the improvement of the general health conditions in the operational environment. In this context the NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence (NATO SFA COE) can play a key role, thanks to its ability and experience in involving various civilian and military actors in defence and security capability development forums and its link with other COEs for facilitating NATO’s actions towards fragile countries in need of assistance. In this regard, it is important to recall the experience identified by NATO and its member countries to build sustainable and long-lasting medical capabilities, including the provision of services to support, facilitate and contribute to the enhancement of the Host Nation and the development of sustainable capacities. The Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO (COMEDS), the NATO Centre of Excellence of military medicine and the recent Multinational Medical Coordination Centre, could contribute to the definition of protocols and standards (STANAG) for NATO’s National military Healthcare. In addition, the Science and technology organization (STO), the Science for peace and security program (SPS) and NATO Centres of Excellence (such as the one for CBRN defence and the Alliance’s database of over six thousand scientists) constitute other bodies, with different responsibilities, which can work in synergy and offer wide margins of development if supported by adequate investments and resources. IN YOUR OPINION, HOW SHOULD NATO AND EU FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR RELATIONSHIP? Cooperation between NATO, the European Union and the United Nations in the areas of prevention, research, monitoring and resilience is also crucial to develop and apply severe regulations to effectively track hazardous and biological materials, as well as to ensure the compliance with bio‑safety standards of the laboratories treating microorganisms. Nevertheless, the new wider NATO commitments cannot distract the Allies from the fundamental tasks of deterrence and defence towards the assertive posture of the Russian Federation and from the threats and risks originating from proliferation, terrorism, disruptive technologies and cyber space. Moreover, China could exploit the pandemic and economic crisis, for predatory interests on Western strategic assets and companies. Furthermore, NATO and the EU are called upon to strengthen cooperation in countering the growing misinformation and disinformation campaigns implemented by Moscow, Beijing, and other non-state actors, through the pervasive and uncontrolled use of modern social media. Finally, NATO’s increased role and experience in support of civil authorities may constitute an extraordinary added value to re-launch the partnerships in the regions of the Middle East and Northern Africa, which are structurally fragile in facing a pandemic crisis. In several regions, the EU covers areas of operations not covered by NATO, such as the EUTM missions conducted mostly in sub-Saharan Africa (EUTM-Mali, EUTM-Somalia, EUTM RCA, EUCAP Sahel Niger and Mali). While these missions are conducted under the EU political direction, from an operational point of view they share many characteristics of the NATO’s SFA activities. In other cases, the EU works in close cooperation with NATO to strengthen institutions and legitimate political authority in complementary and non-redundant activities, such as the European Assistant Mission (EUAM) Iraq, aimed at offering assistance to the implementation of civilian goals within the Security Sector Reform Program (SSRP) and NATO Training Mission in Iraq which is designed to help strengthen Iraqi security forces and military education institutions. The two missions are addressing specific audiences and activities, sometimes overlapping to avoid uncovered areas: the EUAM is focused mainly on internal and civilian security aspects, and the NATO Training Mission is dedicated to the defence aspects. In this context, the NATO SFA COE can play an important role in facilitating the common efforts, such as offering advanced training and education for institutional, military and civilian advisors and providing in-depth analysis and assessment support, either in the early stages of Security Force Assistance missions or during their execution and Transition phases. CONCLUSION Over seventy years after its establishment, NATO proved to be the Organization that adapted itself to respond to the new challenges of a changing security environment quicker than any other multilateral institution. However, in the current complex and demanding scenario it is vital that the Alliance is provided with the necessary capabilities and financial resources to continue operating effectively and to prevent a global health crisis from becoming a security crisis affecting the security of our citizens, territories and fundamental freedoms. DOWNLOAD the article
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The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an organization of 37 national chapters that, since 1954 has been conducting analyses, training, education, and information activities on foreign affairs and security issues relevant to the Atlantic Alliance. ATA draws together political leaders, diplomats, civilian and military officers, academics, economic actors as well as young professionals and students in an effort to further the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.