The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee commends Portugal for its contributions to NATO

2 weeks ago
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach visited Portugal from 1 to 4 November 2018. The trip included visits to NATO Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, the Joint Command for Military Operations as well as meetings with the Portuguese Minister of Defence, HE João Gomes Cravinho and the Chief of Defence, Admiral António Silva Ribeiro.

NATO continues to strengthen Iraqi security structures through new mission in Iraq

2 weeks 3 days ago
On 31 October 2018, a new NATO-led mission in Iraq started its work to further develop Iraq’s security institutions and structures. The new mission, called NATO Mission Iraq, was launched at the NATO Summit held in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018, following a request by the Iraqi government. The mission is led by Major General Dany Fortin of the Canadian Armed Forces, and builds on prior training and capacity-building efforts carried out in the country since January 2017 by NATO civilian and military personnel.

NATO and UN conclude updated Joint Declaration on cooperation

2 weeks 5 days ago
Following the meeting of Secretaries General Jens Stoltenberg and António Guterres on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly in September, the Secretariats of NATO and the United Nations concluded an updated Joint Declaration on Friday 26 October 2018, setting out plans for future cooperation between the two organizations. The document builds on the original Joint Declaration between NATO and the UN, which was signed in September 2008. The updated Declaration sets out priority areas for future cooperation, including, support to UN peace operations, countering terrorism; the protection of civilians; and Women, Peace and Security.

NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

2 weeks 5 days ago
The NATO-Russia Council, which brings together the 29 Allies and Russia, met in Brussels on Wednesday (31 October 2018). Ambassadors had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine; issues related to military activities, reciprocal transparency and risk reduction; Afghanistan; and hybrid challenges.

Enhancing cybersecurity in Ukraine

3 weeks ago
News headlines are replete with references to commercial hacks, data breaches, electronic fraud, the disruption of government service or critical infrastructure, intellectual property theft, exfiltration of national security secrets, and the potential of cyber destruction. These attacks affect citizens in many countries and cause enormous economic costs.

NATO arms control experts discuss Weapons of Mass Destruction, disarmament and non-proliferation

3 weeks ago
A major NATO arms control conference got underway in Iceland on Monday (29 October 2018), as senior experts from more than 50 countries and organizations gathered to discuss the state of global arms control treaties. The two-day conference will cover topics ranging from ballistic missile proliferation and the use of chemical weapons by states and terrorists, to the future of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Strengthening strategic culture in Afghan defence leadership

3 weeks 3 days ago
An Afghan Executive Senior Leader Seminar (ESLS) took place in Belgium from 15 to 19 October, 2018 at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) and NATO Headquarters. The seminar was part of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) with Afghanistan.

NATO Military Leadership hold Military Staff Talks with Pakistan

3 weeks 3 days ago
On 23 October 2018, the Cooperative Security Division of the NATO International Military Staff hosted the NATO – Pakistan Military to Military staff talks. The head of the Pakistani Delegation, Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal met with the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, Lieutenant General Jan Broeks.

NATO highlights importance of Women, Peace and Security in UN Security Council debate

3 weeks 4 days ago
Clare Hutchinson, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, participated in a UN Security Council debate on women's empowerment in New York on Thursday (25 October 2018). Ms. Hutchinson stressed NATO's strong commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, noting the adoption of a new Policy and Action Plan by Allied leaders in July. She said: "the Women, Peace and Security agenda needs collective action to ensure tangible progress. We must be courageous in our work together to achieve sustainable and lasting peace, not only for women, but for everyone."

North Atlantic Council discusses INF

3 weeks 4 days ago
Ambassadors in NATO’s North Atlantic Council met on Thursday (25 October 2018) to discuss the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, with the participation of senior officials from the US. Allies have repeatedly expressed concerns about the new Russian missile system, called the 9M729, or SSC-8. Today’s meeting was an opportunity for Allies to share views on the INF Treaty, and to assess the implications of Russia’s destabilising behaviour on our security. The United States has engaged Allies regularly on the state of the INF Treaty since 2014, when the US first declared Russia in violation. NATO Allies will continue to consult on this important issue.
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