2022 - NATO AND THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION

Sonia KRIMI (France) - PRELIMINARY DRAFT REPORT

29 April 2022

Although the collective defence of Allied territories is still its primary role, the end of the Cold War has prompted NATO to redefine its role and missions in terms of a broader vision of security, which has driven it to create a versatile network of partnerships with third countries over the past 25 years, particularly the seven “Partners across the Globe” – Afghanistan, Australia, the Republic of Korea (DRC), Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan – which is becoming increasingly important today as the world’s geopolitical centre of gravity is shifting towards the Indo-Pacific region. 

But in addition to the numerous tensions implicating state and non-state actors, all of which constitute destabilising factors in the area – some of them long-standing – today there is a strategic shift stemming from the Sino-American power rivalry. Thus, the Indo-Pacific region is affected by a shift in geopolitical balance that poses major risks for the region and, in turn, for the rest of the world. 

The nature and extent of the future incorporation of Indo-Pacific issues into the Strategic Concept is a source of debate among Allies. The serious threats currently facing the Alliance’s immediate environment should motivate Allies to identify carefully together how and where their security interests are being affected by developments in the area and to promote, with their partners, a shared understanding of the capabilities and activities of Indo-Pacific actors, where necessary or appropriate.
 


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