Thursday, 19 February 2009

Munich Security Conference Debates the Future of NATO

There was a strong debate about several aspects of the future of NATO at the Munich Security Conference last week. Participants eagerly awaited speakers like Vice-President Joe Biden, and National Security Advisor James Jones as they sought to understand how the Obama administration would work with its Allies. There were also lively discussions on the future direction of the Alliance itself, its continuing role in Afghanistan and the wider implications of that mission for NATO. The conference exposed, once again, major differences between 'old' and 'new' Europe on the role of the Alliance in the defence of European territory. Relations with Russia were much discussed.

I have written an analysis of these debates which you can find 9together with relevant excerpts from delegates' speeches) at

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