9 October 2007 - NEW STRATEGIC CONCEPT COULD BE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS - EXPERT SAYS
A new NATO strategic concept, or mission statement, is not needed to define the organization´s mission, particularly while it is engaged in Afghanistan, according to NATO expert Robert Art, Professor at US´ Brandeis University.
In an address to the NATO PA’s Political Committee in
Before speaking of a new strategic concept, NATO must make sure not to lose its war or “all bets about a viable alliance, much less a new strategic concept for it, are off”.
He added that the case for a new strategic concept at this time looks weaker than the case opposing it. The
He also stressed that members should keep in mind - when considering whether NATO needs a new strategic concept - the development of the European Union´s ESDP, which would complicate NATO-EU relations further. While the duplication of functions is an issue that can be worked out between the EU and NATO, what concerns him most is the development of an EU bloc within NATO.
Professor Art concluded that if NATO decides to go ahead with the elaboration of a Strategic concept it should make sure that the exercise will reinvigorate the